Dell Technologies Championship: Tyrrell Hatton happy to be in contention after 'strange' day

English golfer Tyrrell Hatton (Getty Images)

Tyrrell Hatton may not be well known in the United States, but he’s trying to fix that this week at the Dell Technologies Championship.

Hatton, a European Tour star who is ranked inside the top 30 in the world and has already qualified for the 2018 Ryder Cup, shot an adventurous 2-under 69 Sunday at TPC Boston.

After birdies on three of his first four holes, Hatton played the rest of his round in 1-over par with two bogeys, three birdies and a double-bogey. He finished the day at 12 under, one shot behind leader Abraham Ancer.

“It was a strange day, inconsistent day,” Hatton said after his third round. “I didn’t feel like — I didn’t have any good feelings out there and it was kind of just keep plugging away, trying not to do too much damage, and keep myself in it. Obviously I managed to do that. It was nice to finish with a birdie on 18.

“I was really struggling, I couldn’t get comfortable. I was kind of tinkering on every tee shot trying to find something. And wasn’t doing that very successfully.

“So after the double on 12, normally my head might fly off. But for some reason I was quite chill. I took it on the chin and carried on. And I just kind of said to myself on the 13th tee, just do what feels comfortable.”

On the tough par-4 12th hole, Hatton suffered a double-bogey after losing his second shot off the cart path.

“On 12 we were — I think 200 yards to the pin. But trying to hook a 7-iron out of the tree and get it somewhere near the front of the green,” Hatton explained. “And we got flyer, which we didn’t think the ball was going to jump.

“So sadly that kind of sort of went straight right and landed on the cart path. And then we weren’t able to find it. Just unfortunate. Obviously there was a lot of people helping to look, which is great. But sadly couldn’t find it.”

Hatton is a fiery competitor who often wears a scowl on the course. But he’s known off the course as a jovial presence. He’s hoping to maintain his emotions Monday.

“I think that’s always the hardest thing for me, if I can stay calm out there then generally I can have a good day,” Hatton said. “So obviously it’s a bit more pressure tomorrow because it’s the final day. We’re all trying to win the golf tournament so that’s adding pressure.

“But I won tournaments on the European Tour, so I gained confidence from that. But hopefully tomorrow I can give myself a chance to do that.”