Hatton targets climb in rankings

03 March 2021 21:43:30 GMTPlus10

Tyrrell Hatton says it "would be nice" to climb higher up the world rankings as he prepares for the defence of his Arnold Palmer Invitational crown at Bay Hill this week.

The Englishman has firmly established himself as one of golf's elite players over the past couple of years, with his victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March last year breaking his PGA Tour duck.

It's really cool to be where I'm at in the world rankings at the moment and I'm hoping I can keep playing well.

Tyrrell Hatton

Hatton has gone on to triumph at the BMW PGA Championship, beating Victor Perez by four shots, before landing the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January, where he finished four strokes ahead of Jason Scrivener.

Major glory still evades the 29-year-old, who missed the cut at the Masters, US Open and US PGA Championship last year, but there is a strong feeling he could mount a more serious challenge in 2021.

Hatton currently sits sixth in the world rankings, making him Europe's number two behind Spaniard Jon Rahm, and the High Wycombe-born star admits going higher in this department is something he would like to do.

"It's really cool to be where I'm at in the world rankings at the moment and I'm hoping I can keep playing well," he told the PGA Tour.

"It would be nice to try to get higher. We'll see how we go."

Hatton is 17.00 to defend his Arnold Palmer Invitational crown in Florida this week, while Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy is priced at 9.00 and big-hitting American Bryson DeChambeau is 13.00.

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