Hovland Wins Again at Mayakoba
Riviera Maya, MX – Viktor Hovland (-23) defended his title successfully and won the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba for the second year in a row. The win marks his third career win on the PGA Tour. There will surely be many more to come. Whether or not he bags a big one this year will be one of many storylines golf fans will be following in 2022.
Finishing in solo second behind Hovland was Carlos Ortiz (-19), who performed well on home soil and is rounding into form just in time to defend his title next week in Houston. Justin Thomas finished one back of Ortiz in solo third.
The final leaderboard reads as a sort of who’s who of the young guns in golf. While many top players sat this one out, Scottie Scheffler (solo 4th, -17), Matthew Wolff, and Joaquin Niemann (both T5, -16) each cracked the top ten. Abraham Ancer also enjoyed playing in front of the home fans, finishing T7 at -15. While the golf course doesn’t require massive length (Wolff used driver only a handful of times throughout the week and shot a career-low-tying 61) it was clear that the best all-around player won this week.
Other players who had notable performances included Aaron Wise, who came out of the gates hot with a 63 before cooling down with rounds of 70, 68, 70, good enough for a T15; Talor Gooch, who looked a threat to challenge Hovland for the win after entering the final round in second, two back of Hovland, until firing a disappointing 74 and ending up T11 at -14; and Sergio Garcia, who’s looking for another resurgent season, and finished T7 at -15.
Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Houston for the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open. Carlos Ortiz will defend his title against a field that includes Sam Burns, Sungjae Im, Brooks Koepka, Matthew Wolff, and Scottie Scheffler.
Viktor Hovland What’s In The Bag
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