Born:Sept 18, 1997 in Oslo, Norway.
Ryder Cup player (2021). Multiple wins on the US PGA and European Tours.
Hovland's immense golfing talent shone through as an amateur, during which time he won the US Amateur Championship in 2018. He also attained the world No.1 men's amateur ranking in 2019 and placed as the lowest scoring amateur in the 2019 Masters Tournament and US Open.
Hovland became the first Norwegian to win on the PGA Tour when he won the Puerto Rico Open in February 2020. When he lifted the BMW International Open trophy in June 2021, he became the first Norwegian player to win on the European Tour. His appearance in the Ryder Cup in 2021, was the first by a Norwegian.
Played as the BMW International Open (June 24-27). Second-placed Martin Kaymer (Ger) finished 2 shots behind 23-year-old Viktor Hovland (Nor), who recorded his first European Tour win in his 17th start on the Tour. Hovland, already a two-time winner on the US PGA Tour, became the first ever Norwegian winner on the European Tour. [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].
Played as the Hero World Challenge (Dec 2-5; unofficial PGA Tour money event, hosted by Tiger Woods). Second-placed Scottie Scheffler (USA) finished 1 shot behind Viktor Hovland (Nor). Hovland started the final round six shots behind Collin Morikawa (USA), who held a five shot lead after the third round. [Albany Resort, New Providence, Bahamas].
Played as the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba (Nov 4-7; PGA Tr 2021/22 season). Second-placed Carlos Ortiz (Mex) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Viktor Hovland (Nor). [El Camaleón course, Mayakoba Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico].
Played as the Puerto Rico Open (Feb 20-23). Second-placed Josh Teater (USA) finished 1 shot behind 22-year-old Viktor Hovland (Nor), who recorded his first PGA Tour win in his 17th start on the Tour. [Championship course, Grand Reserve GC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico].
Played as the Mayakoba Golf Classic (Dec 3-6; PGA Tour 2020/21 season). Second-placed Aaron Wise (USA) finished 1 shot behind Viktor Hovland (Nor), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [El Camaleón course, Mayakoba Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico].
The US Amateur Championship (118th) (Aug 13-19). 20-year-old Viktor Hovland (Nor) beat 18-year-old Devon Bling (USA) 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final, to win the Havermeyer Trophy. [Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA].
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Europe. From France to Spain to the Netherlands and Norway, the Golf World Top 100 panel reveals the places you have to play (published 20 October 2021).
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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