Viktor Hovland becomes PGA Tour’s first Norwegian winner

Tanya Simon
February 26, 2020

Hovland birdied the par-five fifth and opened the back nine with a chip-in birdie to seize a three-stroke lead at 20-under before disaster struck at 11, a hole he birdied in each of the first three rounds. He shot a 2-under 70 to finish at 20-under 268.

"It's incredible", Hovland said of the victory.

"It was certainly a day of lots of ups and downs".

Ian Poulter, at 51st in the Official World Golf Rankings, is the highest-ranked golfer in the field after just missing out on the WGC-Mexico Championship cut-off.

"Hats off to Viktor, that's a great putt", Teater said.

Anirban Lahiri could not build on a positive start in the final round of the Puerto Rico Open as the Indian golfer finished Tied 44th, with an eight-under 280, here.

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Hovland earned $540,000, a total tour exemption by way of the 2021-22 time and spots in the PGA Championship and The Gamers Championship.

"I was just thinking about trying to play as well as I could today and trying to get the job done", Hovland said.

If there was one player among past winners to go on and win again on Tour, I'd put my money on Hovland to do so, but I also would have put my money on Finau to have at least three or four wins under his belt at this point as well. "I hadn't truly believed about the perks yet, but I'm sure it's heading to be great to get into some of the situations that I was not by now capable for".

Hovland shot a 64 on Saturday to take a 1-stroke lead into the remaining spherical.

The 22-year-old Norwegian starred at Oklahoma State, winning the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach, then sweeping low amateur honors at the Masters and U.S. Open.

While Hovland was celebrating, it was an unfortunate final round for his playmate in the final match, Martin Laird, as the Scot fought for a triple of 75 and fell to 14 to finish in a tie for the sixth. Stanley had a 68, and Ryder and Grillo shot 69. (69). Jhonattan Vegas shot a course-record 62 to reach 13 under.

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