Just one variation, this week, on the planet Prime 10 of males’s golf. Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick, ‘runner-up’ in Rome within the 79th version of the Italian Golf Open, returned to tenth place overtaking Norwegian Viktor Hovland, now eleventh.
Rating, Prime 10
The #1 is at all times the American Scottie Scheffler, who precedes the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and the Australian Cameron Smith. The exploit on the Italian Open allowed the Scotsman Robert MacIntyre not solely to return to the highest 100, however to maneuver from place quantity 110 to place quantity 68, incomes 42.
Among the many Azzurri, Francesco Molinari is 141 / o. Whereas Guido Migliozzi went from 172 / a to 168 / a piazza. Hovland began taking part in golf on the age of 11, after his father Harald had began whereas he lived and labored as an engineer in St.
Louis within the USA. 5 years later, as a 16-year-old in 2014, Viktor Hovland turned Norwegian champion. From 2016 to 2019, he performed faculty golf for Oklahoma State College with, amongst others, Kristoffer Ventura. In August 2018, he gained the US Newbie Championship, after beating the American Devon Bling 6&5 within the ultimate. A number of weeks earlier, he had participated within the Miklagard Golf workforce that gained the workforce nationwide championship.
Due to the victory within the American newbie championship, he was certified for the Masters match in 2019. Right here he made the lower, as the primary Norwegian within the Masters and solely the second Norwegian males’s golfer in a serious match. He completed the match as the highest newbie in a tie for thirty second with 285 strokes, three pictures below par, the most effective consequence by an newbie aged 58. He was additionally certified for the US Open Championship 2019, the place he completed as the most effective newbie in joint twelfth place.
He set a brand new newbie document with 280 strokes, two strokes higher than Jack Nicklaus’ previous document from 1960. After the 2019 US Open, Hovland turned skilled. He performed the final 5 common tournaments on the PGA Tour within the 2018/2019 season because of sponsor invites, however didn’t make the highest 125 who robotically certified for the 2019/2020 season.
He subsequently participated within the playoffs on the Korn Ferry tour, the place he certified for the PGA tour in two tournaments. Hovland delivered a really sturdy debut season on the PGA Tour with one victory (Puerto Rico Open in February), three prime ten finishes and 9 within the prime 25 in a complete of 20 tournaments.
He certified for The Tour Championship and completed the season tied for twentieth within the FedEx Cup with a complete of $1,982,275 in prize cash. Hovland completed No. 33 within the PGA Championship, the season’s solely main match.
On the 2020 European Tour, Hovland completed twenty seventh within the Race to Dubai rankings after third place within the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai in December. The 2020/2021 season opened with shared twelfth place within the US Open. His second profession win on the PGA Tour got here within the Mayakoba Golf Basic in December.
Hovland completed 2020 as No. 14 on the planet rankings and third within the FedEx Cup. In February 2021, Hovland was named participant of the month on the European Tour after a second place within the WGC–Workday Championship and sixth place within the Saudi Worldwide.
In June 2021, Hovland as soon as once more made historical past by changing into the primary male Norwegian golfer to win a match on the European Tour when he gained the BMW Worldwide Open 2021. In November, Hovland defended his title in Mayakoba, and in December he gained his fifth match as knowledgeable within the Hero World Problem. Victory quantity six got here on the Dubai Desert Basic in January 2022 after he beat Richard Bland in a replay.