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Official World Golf Ranking: 10
Born: Thu,Sep 18,1997 - Oslo, Norway
Age: 24y 10m 27d, Nationality: NOR
Height: 6', Weight: 175lbs
Home: Stillwater, Ok.
College: Oklahoma State
Turned Pro: 2019, Joined PGA Tour: 2019, Joined European Tour: 2020
Notes: Born and raised in Oslo, Norway where his parents still live, Hovland is known for making history as the first Norwegian player to win the U.S. Amateur (2018) and the first player from Norway to compete in the Masters. He played soccer as a youth, but golf became his sole focus in the 7th grade. His father, Harald, who became enamored with the game when he worked in the United States (St. Louis), exposed him to the game after buying a set of clubs upon his return to Norway. ...

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Viktor Hovland

Born and raised in Oslo, Norway where his parents still live, Hovland is known for making history as the first Norwegian player to win the U.S. Amateur (2018) and the first player from Norway to compete in the Masters. He played soccer as a youth, but golf became his sole focus in the 7th grade. His father, Harald, who became enamored with the game when he worked in the United States (St. Louis), exposed him to the game after buying a set of clubs upon his return to Norway. Viktor was 3 or 4 years old at the time. By the time he was 11, Viktor played more golf than other sports and even though the game wasn't widely popular in Norway, he worked on his swing by hitting balls on a large soccer field near his house.
Hovland formulated his plans to play collegiate golf during his high-school years in Norway. Some of his friends turned professional and played on the ECCO Tour or the Scandinavian mini-tour, but Hovland felt his game was not ready yet. In his senior year, several American college coaches recruited him. He made visits to Texas Tech, TCU, Tennessee, and then Oklahoma State, but decided on OSU when he saw the Karsten Creek course and all the trophies along with the history of Oklahoma State. He knew it was the place for him.
Hovland was nothing short of dominant in becoming the first Norwegian to win the 2018 U.S. Amateur and the first to qualify for the Masters. He trailed for only one hole in six rounds of match play and tied the record for the fewest holes of match play by a champion since 1979 with 104. He cruised to a 6-and-5 victory in the championship match over Devon Bling.
Two months before, Hovland helped Oklahoma State win the NCAA title on its home course, Karsten Creek, in Stillwater. As a sophomore, he earned First-Team All-America honors from both the Golf Coaches Association of America and Golfweek magazine. He was a member of the International team for the 2018 Palmer Cup and advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2018 Amateur Championship conducted by The R&A at Royal Aberdeen. Hovland finished runner-up at the 2016 European Amateur, where he lost on the seventh hole of a playoff. He helped Norway earn a share of 5th place at the 2018 World Amateur Team Championship in the Republic of Ireland.
With his OSU coach Alan Bratton on the bag at the 2019 Masters, Hovland shot 285 to finish T-32nd and his 3-under total earned him Low-Amateur honors.
At the 2019 Big 12 Championship, Hovland finished 2nd, a shot back of winner Hayden Springer. Hovland shot 4 over par in the NCAAs and finished T-15th. OSU was upset in the semifinals of match play by Texas. At the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Hovland finished T-12th, the best amateur finish in 50 years, and became the first player since Matt Kuchar in 1998 to be the low amateur in both the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year. His 280 score became the lowest score by an amateur at the U.S. Open.
After the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Hovland turned professional and finished T-54th in his first start at the Travelers Championship. Was T-12th at the Rocket Mortgage and 3M Open, T-16th at the John Deere Classic, and with his 4th place finish at the Wyndham Championship it gave him a chance into the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. With a T-11th at the Nationwide Children's and T-2nd at the Albertsons Boise Open, a shot back of winner Matthew NeSmith, Hovland earned PGA Tour membership because he was 6th on the Korn Ferry Tour Finals 25.
2020 Notes: Played in 20 PGA Tour events making 17 cuts with three top-ten finishes. Was 20th in the FedExCup standings. Started the season T-10th in the Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. Became the first player from Norway to win on the PGA Tour with his victory at the Puerto Rico Open. The win came in his 17th start on the PGA Tour at age 22 years, 158 days. Was 3rd at the Workday Charity Open, four shots back of the Morikawa/Thomas playoff. In the FedExCup playoffs was T-18th at the Northern Trust, T-40th at the BMW Championship, and T-20th at the Tour Championship. Was one of eight PGA Tour rookies to qualify for the FedExCup playoffs and one of two to advance to the Tour Championship (Scottie Scheffler was the other). Was the only rookie to win on the PGA Tour during the season. Played in six European Tour events, making five cuts with one top-ten. Best finish, T-3rd at the DP World Tour Championship, two shots back of winner Matthew Fitzpatrick. Was 27th in the Race to Dubai.
2021 Notes: Played in 24 PGA Tour events making 22 cuts with seven top-ten finishes. Was T-5th in the FedExCup standings. Started his season T-13th at the U.S. Open. Won the Mayakoba Golf Classic, earning his second PGA Tour title in his 35th career start. Birdied the 72nd hole to defeat Aaron Wise by a shot. Became the fifth European player since World War II to win multiple PGA Tour titles before turning 24, joining Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, and Jon Rahm. Was T-2nd at the Farmers Insurance Open, five shots back of winner Patrick Reed. Was T-6th at the Saudi International, four shots back of winner Dustin Johnson. T-5th at the Genesis Invitational, five shots back of the Max Homa/Tony Finau playoff. Was T-2nd at the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession, three shots back of winner Collin Morikawa. Was T-3rd at the Valspar Championship, shot 65, and finished four shots back of winner Sam Burns. Was T-3rd at the Wells Fargo Championship, was two shots back of winner Rory McIlory. After a first-round 74 at the U.S. Open, Hovland was forced to withdraw after getting sand in his eye and his vision started to deteriorate. He flew off to Germany and won the BMW International Open by two shots over Martin Kaymer. After that Hovland planned to take some time off for a week's vacation in Norway. He also was going to play some golf and one of his planned days of golf was at Larvik Golf Club outside of Oslo. Someone saw Hovland's name on the tee sheet, took a screenshot, and stuck it on Facebook which created between 200 and 300 folks to show up to watch Hovland play. The next week played at the Open Championship for the first time and finished T-12th. In the FedExCup playoffs was T-43rd at the Northern Trust, T-17th at the BMW Championship, and with a final-round 65 finished T-5th at the Tour Championship. Represented Norway at the Tokyo Olympic Games finishing T-14th. Played in his first Ryder Cup and finished with a 0-3-2 record. In the singles, Hovland halved his singles match with Collin Morikawa.
2022 Notes: Won the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba for the second consecutive year. Hovland shot a final-round 67 to beat Carlos Ortiz by four shots and become the first player in tournament history to successfully defend a title and the first to do so at any PGA Tour event since Brooks Koepka at the 2019 PGA Championship. Marked his third PGA Tour title, with each of the three coming outside the United States. His next start came at the unofficial Hero World Challenge and won it by a shot over Scottie Scheffler. Again the victory came outside of USA soil. After finishing T-30th at the Sentry Tournament of Champions returned to the European Tour and was T-4th at Abu Dhabi two shots back of winner Thomas Pieters. Next week shot a final round 66 at the Dubai Desert Classic and beat Richard Bland with a birdie on the first extra hole. FInished T-4th at the Genesis Invitational five shots back of winner Joaquin Niemmann. Was the second-round leader at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, shot 75-74 to finish T-2nd a shot back of winner Scottie Scheffler. Was T-9th at the Players Championship.

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Career at a Glance: Starts: 87, Cuts Made: 75 (86%), Top Tens: 23 (26%) , Rounds: 307, Scoring Avg: 69.59, Career Earnings: $16,339,551 - Best Finish: 1st (6 times)
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