Viktor Hovland Earns Second Career PGA Tour Win
Playa del Carmen, MX – 23-year-old Norwegian Viktor Hovland (-20) earned his second career victory on the PGA Tour Sunday afternoon at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico. Hovland, tied with Aaron Wise at -19 going into the 72nd hole, made a clutch birdie putt to win the tournament and edge Wise by one stroke.
Hovland, a former U.S. Amateur champion and star at Oklahoma State has stood out at every level of the game. While his tee to green game is outstanding, his short game often leaves some to be desired, by his own admission. With rounds of 67, 69, 63, 65, he put all the pieces together this week in Mexico.
The golf course while narrow and bordered by thick, extremely penal jungle was playing extremely soft throughout the week. For those with their games dialed in, it made for very good scoring conditions.
Wise also had a great week and was a relatively short birdie putt away from getting into a playoff. Finishing behind Hovland and Wise T3 at -17 was Tom Hoge and Adam Long. One stroke back of them T5 at -16 were veterans Harris English, Billy Horschel, and Lucas Glover.
Other notable performances throughout the week included amateur Austin Eckroat of Oklahoma State, who made the most of his opportunity with a T12 finish at -14; Tony Finau, who displayed a shaky game off the tee and a bizarre looking new putter and still managed a T8 at -15; and Justin Thomas who went low on Saturday with a 62 but was unable to keep the momentum going, ending T12 at -14.
Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Florida for the QBE Shootout. Players in the field there include Tony Finau, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Smith, and Joaquin Niemann.
Viktor Hovland What’s In The Bag
Driver: Ping G425 LST 9° (Project X HZRDUS Smoke RDX Black 6.5)
Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 50°, 56°, Vokey WedgeWorks 60°
Putter: Ping PLD Prototype