Yet it was Hatton who commanded the field, holding a five shot lead heading in to the final day of the tournament and ending the day three shots clear of Fisher to win his second European Tour title.
"At the home of golf, I wanted to try and give that putt on the last a try for 59 and it just came up a bit shy and then unfortunately I didn't hit a great (birdie) putt, so unfortunately had to settle for a 61 - but I would definitely have taken it".
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Speaking afterwards, Hatton said: "I didn't see a leaderboard on the back nine until the 16th green, when I saw he (Fisher) was at 21 (under) and I was thinking how well he was going".
Fisher's opening nine of 29 contained seven birdies and two pars. The 25-year-old went bogey-free in his last three rounds and only made two all week.
"It was fun", Fisher said in his post-round press conference. "I see no reason why I can't better that in the next ten years and that's why I feel like these three months are very important for me".
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"My last round of 2017 sort of summed up all of 2017", he said. Not much happening, good or bad.
Fleetwood broke the course record by shooting 9-under to tie for the lead with defending champion Hatton.
Jamie Donaldson and Kieran McManus combined for a closing 56 to get to 40 under and win the team event by three shots.
It caps a remarkable return to form for the Marlow man after he made just two of the nine cuts between the Masters Tournament in Augusta and the US PGA Championship.
Donaldson, who pocketed a cheque for 50,000 United States dollars, had nine birdies and an 18th hole eagle on his card for a 72 hole score of 40-under-par, winning by three from Robert Rock and Westlife singer Brian McFadden, Victor Dubuisson and Shantanu Narayen, who had a hole-in-one in round three, and Yikeun Chang and Erwee Botha.
The kicker here? He three-putted the final hole for the 11-under 61.
For Hatton, a tap-in par at the last was more than enough to get back in to the winner's circle.