HomeSPORTSViktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele make Tour Championship historical past

Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele make Tour Championship historical past

ATLANTA — The opposite 28 gamers on the Tour Championship should have regarded up on the high of the leaderboard Sunday and requested themselves, “What the!?”

That’s as a result of Viktor Hovland shot a 4-under 31 on the entrance 9, whereas fellow taking part in associate Xander Schauffele carded a 5-under 30.

Their mixed rating added as much as a 9-under 61 on East Lake’s opening 9. That’s the lowest rating recorded within the last pairing since 2007, in response to the CBS broadcast.

They made the flip at 24 and 19-under respectively.

The following closest competitor after 9 holes was U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark, who sat miles down the leaderboard at 13-under.

The ultimate group recorded 9 birdies over the opening 9 holes whereas recording zero bogies.

Viktor Hovland, PGA Tour, TOUR Championship

Viktor Hovland throughout the last spherical of the 2023 Tour Championship.
Picture by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Photographs

Each gamers began their last rounds with a birdie-three on the troublesome par-4 1st, after which a 1-hour, 53-minute climate delay halted play.

When the horn sounded, the ultimate group had made it to the inexperienced on the par-3 2nd. Hovland confronted a 15.5-foot par putt whereas Schauffele had a 12-footer for birdie.

After play resumed, the Norwegian made it, whereas the American missed, thus leaving Hovland’s six-shot benefit intact.

Hovland’s par save additionally stored the scorecard clear for each gamers, as every went on to eviscerate East Lake’s entrance 9.

The previous Oklahoma State Cowboy went on to make three straight par breakers on the par-4 4th, par-4 fifth, and par-5 sixth to get to 24-under for the event.

Schauffele, in the meantime, stored tempo with Hovland, as he made birdies on the par-4 third, the 4th, and sixth, after which made an exquisite birdie-three on the powerful par-4 eighth.

Each gamers are presently on the again 9 as of this writing, with Schauffele closing the hole.

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By means of. You possibly can comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko for extra golf protection. You’ll want to take a look at @_PlayingThrough too.



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