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Hatton heads McIlroy, Donald and Mickelson
TYRRELL Hatton is ahead of golfing superstars such as Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson in the first European Tour event of 2014.
In a sparkling start to the year, the Marlow golfer finished day one of the the star-studded HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi just two shots off the lead.
He fired seven birdies in a sizzling three-under par round of 69 to finish tied for eighth in a field including some of the biggest names in golf.
Hatton only won his full tour card in the autumn after a spectacular late surge in the final month of the Challenge Tour, but his 69 put him a shot clear of McIlroy, two clear of Wycombe’s Donald, who is still on the course, and four ahead of Mickelson.
The tournament has a prize fund of more than £1.6m.
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