Born:Sept 18, 1997 in Oslo, Norway.
Ryder Cup player (2021). US Amateur Champion (2018). Multiple wins on the US PGA and European Tours. FedEx Cup Champion (2023).
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.
2023 was an outstanding season for 25-year-old Hovland. He came close to two major championship titles, played in his second Ryder Cup, and took home the FedEx Cup with its associated $18 million in first place prize money.
Played as the BMW Championship (Aug 18-21; second of three FedEx Cup playoff events). Second-placed Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng) and Scottie Scheffler (USA) finished 2 shots behind Viktor Hovland (Nor), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [North course, Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL].
Played as the Tour Championship (Aug 24-27; last of three FedExCup playoff events; the winner also being crowned 2023 FedEx Cup champion). Second-placed Xander Schauffele (USA) finished 5 shots behind Viktor Hovland (Nor), who won his first FedEx Cup and associated $18 million first prize. [East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA].
Note: a staggered start was used for this event, based on FedEx Cup points earned in the regular season and in the preceding two playoff events. No.1 seed Scottie Scheffler started at 10-under par; No.2 seed Voktor Hovland (-8); No.3 seed Rory McIlroy (-7); No.4 seed Jon Rahm (-6); No.5 seed Lucas Glover (-5)].
25-year-old Viktor Hovland (Nor) won the PGA Tour's final event of the season, the Tour Championship (Aug 24-27), and with it the 2022-23 FedEx Cup and $18 million first prize. Hovland shot 261 (-27) to win the championship. Second-placed Xander Schauffele (USA) finished 5 shots back (-22) and collected $6.5 million. Wyndham Clark (USA; -16) was third, pocketing $5 million. In fourth place, worth $4 million, was Rory McIlroy (N.Ire; -14).
Played as the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday (June 1-4). Viktor Hovland (Nor) beat Denny McCarthy (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th), to record his fourth PGA Tour win. [Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, nr Columbus, OH].
Played as the Hero World Challenge (Dec 1-4; unofficial PGA Tour money event, hosted by Tiger Woods). Second-placed Scottie Scheffler (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Viktor Hovland (Nor). [Albany Resort, New Providence, Bahamas].
Played as the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 27-30). Viktor Hovland (Nor) beat Richard Bland (Eng) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th), to record his second European Tour win. [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE]. Second of five Rolex Series events on the 2022 European (DP World) Tour.
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 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].
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].
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].
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Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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