Golf: Hatton holds off Perez to claim victory at BMW PGA Championship
(Reuters) - Home favorite Tyrrell Hatton achieved a four-stroke victory in the finals against Frenchman Victor Perez at the BMW PGA Championship in Surrey on Sunday.
Hatton went into the finals with a 3-stroke lead and delivered a short game masterclass to complete six birdies in a five-under-par-67 race at the Wentworth Club.
Perez, who took the lead several times at the start of the finals, had to settle for second place after the bogies faded his challenge on the 13th and 17th.
Hatton realized his childhood dream of winning the trophy at Wentworth after attending the event with his father when he was five.
The win ensured that Hatton will get into the top 10 in the world for the first time when the leaderboard is updated on Monday, two days before his 29th birthday.
"A dream has come true for me," said Hatton, who won his fifth title on the European Tour. "As a five year old walking around here, I always wanted to play on the ropes when I grew up.
"This is such a tremendous event and it's a special feeling to cross the finish line here and win."
"It was a career goal to get into the top 10 in the world rankings. To win here and to do it in the same week is something very special."
Englishman Andy Sullivan and Race to Dubai front runner Patrick Reed were below third at 14, while Ian Poulter signed for a bogey-free 68 to finish fifth.
British Open Champion Shane Lowry and Englishman Tommy Fleetwood both finished the 73rd round and fell into a group of nine-under.
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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