I have been silent on the Rust these past few weeks largely because my golfing punts have been unsuccessful.
I returned with a bang yesterday when Tyrell Hatton, whom I backed at 16-1, w0n the prestigious PGA European tour event at Wentworth.
He more or less led from start to finish, Victor Perez – a tall young Frenchman – chased him down and Tommy Fleetwood and Patrick Reed looked dangerous too.
Shane Lowry at one stage had the lead but had a poor back nine on Saturday.
Hatton has a fine all-round game and won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the last event before the USPGA went into lockdown.
The only flaw is himself as he has a tendency to self-combust.
Though he admitted to nerves, and Perez put the pressure on him on the easier front nine of the West Course yesterday, he kept steady. He birdied the 12th, 13th and 14th and eventually won by 4 clear shots.
He and Tommy Fleetwood merit more media attention but the story is always how did Rory McIlroy do?
My missus had accepted an invitation for lunch at 3.00 so much to my annoyance I could not follow the unfurling event except by a sneaky look of the Leaderboard on my mobile.
Matt Fitzpatrick should not have been drawn into the DeChambeau controversy by posting his criticism of the American for bulking up to extend his driving length.
As the saying goes “Drive for show, putt for dough.” Even if DeChambeau drives the ball 380 yards, it’s not always accurate and he still has to chip and putt.
The press seized on Fitzpatrick’s Twitter and it can be no coincidence he posted a poor third round.
Hatton, who sank three 25 foot putts for birdies, showed that even if you lack length off the tee excellent putting will win you titles.