Viktor Hovland Player Profile And What's In The Bag
Norway's Viktor Hovland made a successful defence of his Hero World Challenge title in the Bahamas, holding off Scottie Scheffler to secure a two-shot victory.
Hovland was in danger of squandering a two-shot lead on the final hole but he salvaged an unlikely bogey. Scheffler also bogeyed the 18th after his chip caught the edge of the hole and ran 15 feet past.
It left Hovland to celebrate a win on 16 under par, after a closing 69.
The Ryder Cup player, 25, had a three-shot lead overnight but set up a nervous finish, pulling his second shot from an awkward lie on the edge of a bunker into the water before managing to get up and down for a bogey.
"It's nerve-racking," said Hovland. "I was leading by five after the turn and didn't play all that great on the back nine but it was good enough. It made it a little bit exciting I guess."
Scheffler, who needed to win to reclaim top spot in the world rankings from Rory McIlroy, momentarily held a share of the lead when the Masters champion followed birdies on the second and fourth by chipping in for eagle on the sixth.
However, playing partner Hovland holed from 20 feet on the same hole to edge back in front and Scheffler's hopes looked to have disappeared with a bogey on the seventh and double bogey on the par-five ninth.
Scheffler then kept the pressure on with four birdies on the back nine, which almost paid off on the 18th.
Hovland was born in September 18, 1997 in Oslo. He won the US Amateur in 2018 and then became the first Norwegian to win on the PGA Tour (at the 2020 Puerto Rico Open) and on the DP World Tour (at the 2021 BMW International Open). Hovland picked up his second and third PGA Tour wins at the 2020 and 2021 Mayakoba Classic.
Hovland was the low amateur at The Masters in 2019, finishing three under par and in a tie for 32nd place. At the US Open in 2019 he finished in 12th place and was the low amateur with a total of 280, which was the lowest 72-hole score by an amateur at the US Open, breaking the record of 282 set by Jack Nicklaus in 1960.
He won the Dubai Desert Classic in 2022, which saw him climb to third in the world rankings. He represented Europe at the Ryder Cup in 2021.
Hovland’s best finish in a major came at The Open Championship at St Andrews in 2022, when he finished joint fourth.
Hovland averages 311.5 yards from the tee, finds 66.46% of fairways and 68.98% of greens in regulations. He averages 4.42 birdies per round, gets up and down from the sand 60% of the time and averages 27.75 putts per round.
Driver: PING G425 LST (9 Degrees @8.4), Shaft: Fujikura Speeder TR 661 TX (45.75 Inches)
3-Wood: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (15 Degrees), Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X
Utility: Titleist U510 (3), Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 85 X
Irons: PING i210 (4-PW), Shafts: KBS Tour-V 120 X
Wedges: PING Glide 4.0 (50-12SS, 56-06SS), PING Glide 2.0 (58-12TS), Shafts: KBS Tour-V 130
Putter: PING PLD DS 72 Prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
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