Hatton looking for a quick new start in Abu Dhabi – Articles – Rolex Series
Tyrrell Hatton will hope defending his title at the 2022 HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship can get the competition’s juices flowing as he seeks a record fifth Rolex Series victory.
The Englishman won the Falcon Trophy last season to add to his Italian Open, Turkish Open and BMW PGA Championship wins and join Jon Rahm on four Rolex Series triumphs.
He revealed some disappointment at only adding two more top ten finishes in the 2021 DP World Tour season and admitted he lost some motivation to train and train in the second half of the campaign.
But now he’s back in the gym and once again eager to get the Desert Swing off to a flying start.
“It was an amazing way to start the year,” he said. “Unfortunately, from that moment on, it didn’t improve.
“The first few weeks of the year you don’t really know where your game is. You’re kind of really getting back to it and so getting a win like that early on is good for confidence.
“I was on a great run at that point in my career. I think it was a fourth win in 20 months or something. You know, it was obviously awesome.
“In 2020 I worked pretty hard in the gym all year in a much better place in terms of my fitness. More comfortable with my own skin and I think that helped me allowed to go and play the best golf.
“Certainly in the second half of last year I wasn’t training. Wasn’t that motivated to train either. So there’s a combination of things. It’s not always simple.
“So I tried, I flew to Orlando on New Years Eve and I kind of tried to do a two-week training and practice bootcamp and tried to get back into it. , really. Find the motivation to go and do it.
I’m a very competitive person and obviously the results aren’t going very well and that’s disappointing
“Training-wise it’s been good. I’m still struggling to figure out how to train and what, really, when I get there, it’s just going through the motions. But it’s a work in progress, that’s for sure.
“Maybe I’ve always been a fair-weather golfer.
“I’m a very competitive person and obviously the results aren’t going very well and that’s disappointing.
“I think it’s when you’re up there in the mix and you have that nervous energy, that’s what we want to experience every week. Obviously you can’t achieve that every week, but you make your best to do it and I think those are the weeks where it’s definitely a lot nicer than stomping your way.”
Hatton has already mounted a successful title defense at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, but this week marks the second time he has had to defend on a course different from the one on which he won.
He won the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano in 2017 and missed the cut at Gardagolf Country Club the following year.
It will now look to avoid a similar fate, with that event moving northeast from Abu Dhabi Golf Club to Yas Links.
“I hope I can do a better job this time around,” he said.
“This week is a new course for everyone, so it’s hard to know what the approximate victory score is in general.
“I know we have a lot of wind forecast for Friday and obviously it’s going to be a tough day for everyone. But we’ll go for it, we’ll do our best and we’ll see what happens.”