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COLLEGE GROVE: After three and a half years without an individual victory, Tyrrell Hatton proved this week that he can not only win again, but dominate, while his Legion XIII team, meanwhile, proved it can win a birdie fest.

Hatton raced to victory at LIV Golf Nashville on Sunday, shooting a final-round 65 to win by six strokes over Majesticks GC’s Sam Horsfield, the second-largest margin in LIV Golf history and the second-lowest score at 19 under par.

It is also the largest margin of victory in Hatton’s 11 career wins. And more importantly, it ends a dry spell in which the 32-year-old Englishman wondered if he would ever return to the winner’s circle.

“When you haven’t won for three and a half years, you wonder if there’s any way you can do it again,” said Hatton, who was never seriously challenged in the finals. “It’s a very special feeling to win again.”

His Legion XIII captain, Jon Rahm, had no doubts about Hatton’s abilities when he brought him to LIV Golf as his top contender for his new expansion team. As it turned out, Hatton beat Rahm to claim the team’s first individual title.

“For anyone who doesn’t know how good Tyrrell Hatton is, this is clear proof,” said Rahm, who finished third out of four opponents. “I think today showed how good he can be. Of course, it’s never easy to win and to win by six points in three rounds is pretty impressive.”

Hatton went into the final round with a three-shot lead and then birdied the third and fourth holes. Rahm made an early move and closed the gap to two at one point before suffering a double bogey on the par-4 sixth hole when he hit the water with two different shots.

The best player on the course, Torque GC captain Joaquin Niemann, shot a 9-under-par 62, but was too far behind early in the day and ended up tied for third place.

“It’s not easy to be three shots ahead because you know your opponents are going to try and chase you,” said Hatton, whose par save on the 13th hole was the final decisive moment. “I got off to a good start and that calmed me down.”

The team fight was a bit more competitive, although Legion XIII built up a 10-shot lead in the early stages. At one point, their lead was down to just four shots, which can disappear quickly when all points count.

But with all four Legion players playing under par, they were never really able to open the door for pursuers. The closest competition was for the other two podium spots: Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers GC took second place, while Torque relegated Majesticks GC to third.

Legion’s previous two wins came at Mayakoba (24 under par) and Miami (22 under par) on two challenging courses that didn’t offer endless scoring opportunities. The Grove course, with its wide fairways, was within reach this week, leaving Rahm wondering if his club could win such a race. They did so with a total of 40 under par, the second lowest winning score of the season. It is Legion XIII’s third win of the season and moves them to within nine points of the leading Crushers in the season standings.

“I didn’t think this golf course was particularly suited to our team,” Rahm said. “Not that we couldn’t, but … these birdiefest-type events weren’t our thing. With that said, of course we won.”

It helps if the individual winner tramples the field into the ground.


Team results:

Standings and scores for the final round of team competition on Sunday at LIV Golf Nashville. Each team’s top three scores will count in the first two rounds, while all four scores will count in the final round. The team with the lowest combined score after three rounds will win the team title.

1. LEGION XIII -40 (Hatton 65, Rahm 68, Surratt 69, Vincent 70; Round 3 result: -12)

2. CRUSHERS GC -35 (Casey 65, DeChambeau 68, Lahiri 69, Catlin 70; Round 3 result: -12)

3. TORQUE GC -34 (Niemann 62, Munoz 65, Ortiz 69, Pereira 72; Result round 3: -16)

4. MAJESTICKS GC -32 (Horsfield 65, Westwood 66, Poulter 70, Stenson 70; Round 3 result: -13)

5. STINGER GC -22 (Oosthuizen 64, Schwartzel 67, Burmester 72, Grace 72; Round 3 Score: -9)

T6. RIPPER GC -19 (Jones 68, Leishman 69, Smith 69, Herbert 70; Round 3 result: -19)

T6. CLEEKS GC -19 (Bland 66, Samooja 69, Meronk 70, Kaymer 74; Result round 3: -5)

8. FIREBALLS GC -16 (Ancer 68, Garcia 68, Chacarra 70, Puig 75; Round 3 score: -3)

9. 4ACES GC -15 (Perez 64, Reed 67, Varner III 71, Johnson 75; Round 3 result: -7)

10. HYFLYERS GC -14 (Tringale 66, Steele 67, Mickelson 71, Ogletree 72; Round 3 result: -8)

11. RANGEGOATS GC -13 (Wolff 67, Pieters 68, Watson 69, Uihlein 73; result round 3: -7)

12. SMASH GC -12 (Koepka 71, Kokrak 71, McDowell 71, Gooch 72; Round 3 result: +1)

13. IRON HEADS GC -11 (Lee 70, Na 72, Vincent 72, Kozuma 74; Result round 3: +4)

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