Tyrrell Hatton is currently riding the crest of a wave.

He has won the last two tournaments on the European Tour, retaining his title with a breathtaking performance at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship before following up with an absolutely incredible win at the Italian Open.

Those dual victories have catapulted the 26-year-old into contention to win the prestigious Race to Dubai and finish the season as Europe’s leading golfer.

Speaking exclusively to the BFP, Hatton said the last two weeks have been amazing and both wins were very special in their own right.

He said: “Obviously winning the Dunhill again was very special for me. Retaining the title at such a great event meant a lot but to follow that up in Italy was special.

“It was fantastic to birdie five of the last seven holes and to win on the last was a great feeling.”

Over the last four events, his worst finish is eighth at the British Masters. Preceding that was a third place finish at the European Masters in Switzerland, his first event with a brand new caddie, Jonathan Bell, who has been a friend of Hatton’s for years.

Hatton explained why Bell had joined him as caddie and what the future holds for their partnership.

He added: “It has obviously worked out well with Jonathan after my previous caddie left. We have known each other for a long time and the results have been great.

“We haven’t had a chat yet to discuss whether to make this a permanent move and we will see where the next few weeks take us.”

There is still an awful lot to play for this season. Four big events worldwide for Hatton to contend in, beginning in China on Thursday.

Hatton said: “The WGC-HSBC Champions is my next event. It is obviously a massive event and has huge ranking points so I am looking forward to it.

“This is a great chance to play against a quality world-class field and I hope I can continue to play well.

“After that I travel to Turkey to play the Turkish Airlines Open then onto South Africa for the Nedbank and then the final event in Dubai.”

This season has been a fantastic one for the world number 17 but it hasn’t been all plain sailing. After a fast start to the season in the Emirates, his form fell away in the summer, missing the cuts in all four Majors as well as other big tournaments.

He commented: “I just wasn’t swinging the club at all well. I was playing awfully and was hitting too many balls so a shake-up in my routine was needed and it has definitely paid off in recent weeks. I am swinging it much better and the putter has got hot again.

“It clicked in Switzerland at Crans-sur-Sierre in the European Masters. To finish in third place was great but I had a poor weekend so it was kind of disappointing. Since then though I have had those two wins and played well at the British Masters.

“Winning twice has been amazing so I would say it has definitely been a successful season for me but there are things to work on for next year.”

Next year is potentially a huge one for Hatton. As well as hoping to perform a lot better in the Major championships, the Ryder Cup will be held in France at the Le Golf National in Paris.

With the ranking points system already underway to qualify for the biennial event, Hatton already finds himself a clear leader and in pole position to qualify for a maiden appearance under Thomas Bjorn’s leadership.

Bjorn has heaped praise on Hatton’s performances in recent weeks, labelling him a ‘hell of a golfer’ on Twitter and Hatton holds the competition dear to his heart.

He said: “For any European, the Ryder Cup means an awful lot and I am no different.

“I would absolutely love to be a part of the team next year in France and although I have made a great start there is a long way to go and we have some brilliant players.

“As well as trying to get in that team, I want to perform much better in the Majors than I did this year.

“Those are the big goals for me next season but for now I just want to concentrate on the next four events and hope I can take my recent form into China next week.”

For now, Hatton is clearly the hottest golfer in the world. To win two events of that magnitude shows that he has the game, the guts and the temperament in place to mount a serious challenge at the Majors and all the World Golf Championships next season.

At this stage, a first Ryder Cup appearance is a serious ambition to be aiming for and he would definitely be an asset to Team Europe.