Tyrrell Hatton retained his title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Sunday after a final round at St. Andrews in which Ross Fisher shot a course-record 61 at the home of golf.
After rounds at St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie over the first three days, the newly reduced field will contest the final round exclusively on the Old Course at St Andrews on Sunday.
Taking a five-shot lead into the final round, Hatton recovered from finding the Swilcan Burn with his approach into the first to chip in and save par.
Marc Warren and Robert Rock shared fourth spot on 14 under alongside Gregory Bourdy, while world No 6 Rory McIlroy carded a level-par 72 in his final scheduled appearance of the year.
Indeed, had Fished holed from the front of the 18 green and so become the first player to record a 59 on the European Tour, it would have been he and not Hatton who would have commanded the headlines. "He pushed me all the way and I'm happy to get over the line".
Fisher, who played himself into contention by gaining six shots in his last seven holes on Saturday, maintained his sizzling form by threatening to close with a record-breaking 59.
"I think the format is helping me, playing with Jamie (Dornan) we have good fun out there and it sort of keeps me relaxed which is what I need to do".
"It was a bit of an up and down day but I'm glad I get to play one more round before I call it a season and get ready for next year", said Northern Ireland's world number six, who had eight birdies, a double bogey and two bogeys in his round. "I've had a solid game the last few weeks but the results were not so good".
"It is an unbelievable feeling as this week was the first time I had ever defended a title, so it felt like it was a lot harder winning this year than it was last year", he said. And four-time major victor Rory McIlroy ended his first winless season since 2008 with a closing 72 for a distant share of 63rd place.
"I'm looking forward to have a lovely day, and I will do my best".
"I feel I'm a much better player than I was in 2011 and 2012, when I was able to win a couple of majors. That's what I'm going to concentrate on from now until the end of the year".