He showed his class at the first hole on Sunday where, having landed in the Swilcan Burn with his second shot, he conjured an exquisite chip in for par.
Hatton became the first player in the 17-year history of the Dunhill Links to successfully defend the title in a tournament played over three Scottish courses - the Old Course, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.
"Any time you come down the 18th on the Old Course in a tournament on a Sunday afternoon at the Home of Golf, and cross the Swilken Bridge knowing you've made the cut and playing pretty well is something special", said Stone, victor of the 2016 BMW SA Open at Glendower and the 2017 Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek, after a closing 68 in this celebration of links golf also played on the nearby Carnoustie and KIngsbarns courses. We've just had good fun, I think that is what this tournament is about.
"They started taking all the stuff off the leaderboards so I didn't see a leaderboard until the 16th green and saw he was on 21 (under)", Hatton said.
"I'm gutted I missed that one on the last but it's just one of those days as I felt like I was playing alright but I'm not going to complain too much with a 61", Fisher told BBC.
"You nearly want to keep going and I didn't want it to end". "I've had a solid game the last few weeks but the results were not so good".
Golf-wise, he made great strides and won five collegiate events during his four years in America. "I felt like I saw the lines on the greens, had a really good score and knew obviously I was playing for second because Tyrrell was nearly too far in front".
"When you get St. Andrews on a day like this, it's definitely scoreable, but you still have to hit the shots", he said.
McIlroy will now take three months off before returning to competition in mid-January. "You can't just figure out your shot a minute before you play it while somebody else is hitting because it changes by the time that comes up", Steele said about the windy conditions.
The Broome Manor pro had already collected four bogeys before reaching the 16th hole, but the Swindon Star went downhill further with a pair of double bogeys on the par five 16th and par four 17th.
Another man who also made significant strides up the season rankings is Robert Rock. "That's what I'm going to concentrate on from now until the end of the year".