Tyrrell Hatton has had trouble with US broadcasters pronouncing his name wrong
Hatton burst onto Stateside TV screens last fortnight in contesting the final round of the Honda Classic in the company of eventual PGA National champion, Rickie Fowler.
But then anytime the High Wycombe born Hatton’s name was mentioned either during the CBS TV coverage or the PGA Tour's own radio network it was nothing like anything he’s heard before.
It all began in last August’s PGA Championship in New Jersey and just weeks after Hatton burst onto the world stage in sharing fifth place in The Open at Royal Troon.
“During the Honda I was introduced as ‘Ty-rall Hate-on’ but then the best I heard was during the PGA Championship last year walking down 18,” he said in an interview on the Golf Channel with fellow Englishman and host Cara Robinson.
Hatton burst onto Stateside TV last fortnight in contesting the final round of the Honda Classic
“A guy in the crowd yells out to me: ‘It is Tie-rall or Tee-rell’. I said to him it’s neither. I’m saying to him it’s Tyrrell, it’s Tyrrell. He then says to me: ‘I’ve got you, man’”.
And Hatton again explained his antics at the penultimate hole of the Honda Classic when he was criticised in some circles after his birdie putt from four feet hit a spike mark and with the Englishman not holding back his frustration.
“This is the embarrassing thing as I thought I just hit a bad putt but then when I saw the video on Twitter afterwards I was so embarrassed so much so I felt I needed to say something funny to ease the pressure of the abuse I was going to get,” he said.
The final round of the Honda Classic was also just prior to the annual Academy Awards presentation and Hatton go onto Twitter saying: “Well I wasn’t going to the win the tournament so tried my best for an Oscar instead”.
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“I think my tweet came across well but then I was pretty devastated I missed that putt as it was a straight putt, and I knew if I finished birdie, birdie as I would have earned my PGA temporary membership,” he said.
“So yeah, I just hit a bad putt and I was gob-smacked hence the over-reaction.”
Hatton has this week off before teeing-up next week in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the third of seven events he’s been afforded by the PGA Tour to earn ‘temporary’ membership.
It translates into Hatton earning some $US 700,000 in those events and with the current World No. 17 having collected $US 387,410 in his two appearances.