Hatton had already made his mark on the European Tour with back-to-back wins in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2016 and 2017, as well as an Italian Open success straight after that title defence in Scotland.
But the Marlow man has taken his game to a new level since linking up with Glaswegian Donaghy for the first time in the British Masters at Hillside in May 2019.
They landed their first success as a team in the Turkish Airlines Open later that year, a victory under the floodlights in a play-off at Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Belek earning Hatton a whopping £1.6 million.
He then picked up £1.2 million for a breakthrough win on the PGA Tour in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida last March before landing close to £900,000 for a win in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in September.
Now Hatton has picked up a cheque for just under £1 million after getting his 2021 campaign off to a flying start with a four-shot triumph in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
That was the 29-year-old’s fourth Rolex Series success and he was quick to admit that Donaghy has played a big part in his rise to a career-best fifth in the world rankings.
”Yeah, Mick's brilliant,” said Hatton, who had another Scot, Prestwick man Mark Crane, on the bag when he played in the Ryder Cup for the first time in 2018.
“He's got so much experience. He's won, what is it, four times the amount that I've won. So the experience he has is great, and obviously we get on really well away from the course, “We've had a fantastic run so far. I love our partnership and working together and I’m obviously hoping that continues for a very long time.”
Donaghy’s previous successes included helping Jamie Donaldson win the 2012 Irish Open at Royal Portrush.
He was also on Jesper Parnevik’s bag when the Swede finished second to Nick Price in the 1994 Open Championship at Turnberry.