2022 Hero World Challenge Recap

Viktor Hovland Goes Back-to-Back in the Bahamas

Albany, Bahamas – Viktor Hovland (-17) hails from Norway but clearly feels at home in tropical climes.  He successfully defended his win at the Hero World Challenge, beating a small field of the game’s elite to win Tiger’s event for the second year running.  Hovland beat Scottie Scheffler by 3.  It was his 5th PGA Tour victory, adding to his victories in Puerto Rico and Mayakoba (also back to back).

Finishing behind Scheffler was Cameron Young (-12), Xander Schauffele (-11), Justin Thomas (-10), and Collin Morikawa (-9).  It was exciting to see some of the game’s top talents rise to the top in this limited field format in difficult conditions and promises glimpses of exciting leaderboards to come in 2023 at the majors and on the PGA Tour.

Other notable players who took part this week and are ones to watch for the coming year include Tom Kim (T10, -4), Jon Rahm (T8, -5), Jordan Spieth (15th, +1), and Max Homa (17th, +4).

Tiger Woods withdrew before the tournament began, citing plantar fasciitis.  He has said that he feels that he can hit all the shots necessary to compete on tour right now but that walking 72 holes remains a significant obstacle.

Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Florida for the QBE Shootout.  Some of the notable teams in the field include Max Homa and Kevin Kisner, Nelly Korda and Denny McCarthy, Jason Day and Billy Horschel, and Maverick McNealy and Lexi Thompson.

Viktor Hovland What’s In The Bag

Driver: Ping G425 LST 9° (Fujikura Speeder TR 661 TX)

3 Wood: TaylorMade Stealth Plus 15° (Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X)

Utility: Titleist U510 3 iron (Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 85 X)

Irons: Ping i210 4-P (KBS Tour-V 120 X)

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50-12SS, 56-06SS, Ping Glide 2.0 58-12TS (KBS Tour-V 130)

Putter: Ping PLD DS 72 Prototype

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