The Open 2018: Tyrell Hatton gives the lowdown on Carnoustie’s ‘loop of doom’

TYRRELL HATTON has given his lowdown on Carnoustie's 'loop of doom' as he gears up for The Open.

 Tyrrell Hatton has given the lowdown on Carnoustie's 'Loop of Doom'

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Tyrrell Hatton has given the lowdown on Carnoustie's 'Loop of Doom'

RIDICULOUS name for a hole because it can definitely slap you in the face — and what is so lucky about that?

It is one of the hardest par fours about, with bunkers on the right gobbling up tee shots as the fairway slopes severely that way.

The next big problem is getting the distance right on your approach.

You can’t fly it all the way because a hard bounce will send your ball rocketing through the green — but if you come up short there is a wicked downslope that does the same thing!

ANOTHER strange name because the burn that winds all through Carnoustie is not actually in play on this hole, unless you go miles left.

It usually plays into the wind, which leaves you hitting as much as a three wood in.

But if it’s calm or the wind is helping it is no more than a seven iron, which means there is a big margin for error.

You want to land it so it feeds on to the green but there is serious trouble in that area, especially to the right. I’ll be delighted with four threes this week.

FINALLY a hole that actually sums up the challenge you face, because the Barry Burn cuts across the start of the fairway and then winds back across you.

On the ideal line there is probably less than 100 yards between the two stretches of water.

So with most tee shots running about 80 yards on these firm surfaces a player must be precise — or disaster awaits!

The green slopes left to right and is really well bunkered, so you will usually aim just left of the flag leaving your ball to feed down towards the hole.

THIS is as tough a finishing hole as you will find, with disaster everywhere.

There is out of bounds down the left, the Barry Burn and some smelly bunkers down the right and the burn cutting back across the front of the green.

We all know what happened to Jean van de Velde in 1999 and Padraig Harrington put two balls in the water when he won in 2007, before salvaging a miracle double bogey to force a play-off.

No lead is safe on this hole.

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TYRRELL HATTON has been dubbed the “John McEnroe of golf” by former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.

The Irish star says Hatton needs to feel the whole world is against him before he produces his best golf, just as tennis ace McEnroe did in his umpire-baiting, ‘you cannot be serious’ pomp back in the early 1980s.

 Tyrrell Hatton has been dubbed the 'John McEnroe of golf'

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Tyrrell Hatton has been dubbed the 'John McEnroe of golf'

But McGinley was deadly serious when he said it would be a huge mistake to try to make English star Hatton curb his angry ways.

He said: “I’d never condone club throwing or other examples of bad behaviour, so you have to be very careful about how you channel the anger.

“But where Tyrrell is concerned you would never want to douse the spark in him.

“One of the things I’ve noticed about all the great champions is that their hearts are on fire. They have an incredible emotional involvement in what they’re doing.

“Some of them disguise it, like a Nick Faldo or a Jack Nicklaus.

“Some of them find it hard to disguise, like Seve, and for me McEnroe is the ultimate example of that.

“As much as we want good behaviour and all of those things, the tricky thing with the guys who wear their hearts on their sleeves is to harness that fighting spirit without quenching the flames.

“Tyrrell definitely belongs in the category of players who almost need to feel the world is conspiring against them before they produce their best stuff. Just like McEnroe.

“Tyrrell just needs to have good people around him providing the right feedback to help him channel it effectively, without going too far. He seems to have that just now.”

Hatton, 26, admits he has “anger issues” and says he is trying his best to curb the temper tantrums.

 Tyrrell Hatton admits he has anger issues but is trying to curb them

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Tyrrell Hatton admits he has anger issues but is trying to curb them

Back in early March he missed a putt that would have got him into a play-off with Phil Mickelson and Justin Thomas at the World Golf Championship event in Mexico.

There have also been plenty of examples of club throwing and outbursts at his caddie.

But the High Wycombe ace seems just as capable of hitting the off switch quickly.

That was confirmed by Jonathan Bell, the caddie who helped him to back-to-back victories at last year’s Dunhill Links Championship — where he shot an eye-catching 65 at Carnoustie as he became the first man to successfully defend the title — followed by the Italian Open.

Bell and Hatton have been pals since they were kids and the bag man revealed: “When we first linked up, Tyrrell said to just ignore him if he went off on one of his rants — because it would soon blow over.

 Paul McGinley says it would be a mistake to make Tyrrell Hatton change his ways

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Paul McGinley says it would be a mistake to make Tyrrell Hatton change his ways

“He was right, but you could see he was beating himself up about it at times afterwards and he eventually decided we should stop working together because he felt it was putting an unfair strain on our friendship.”

Hatton’s back-to-back victories in an event spread over three of Scotland’s finest links courses — St Andrews Carnoustie and Kingsbarns — showed he is a contender for the Claret Jug.

He is also top of the Ryder Cup qualifying list and is certain to make his European debut at Le National near Paris in September.

TYRRELL HATTON has given his lowdown on Carnoustie's 'loop of doom' as he gears up for The Open.