Racking up numbers now a norm for Viktor Hovland

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Viktor Hovland won in Mayakoba for his third career PGA Tour title at the age of 24 years, 1 month, 20 days in his 57th Tour start. Photo: Tattlepress.com
Viktor Hovland won in Mayakoba for his third career PGA Tour title at the age of 24 years, 1 month, 20 days in his 57th Tour start. Photo: Tattlepress.com

Viktor Hovland (1st/-23) set a tournament’s 72-hole scoring record on way to becoming the first player to successfully defend a World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba title. He is projected inside the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking from No 17.

Hovland followed a career-low score of 9-under 62 with a 4-under 67 to set the event’s 72-hole scoring record (previously: Matt Kuchar/22-under 262/2018).

 

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His third career PGA Tour title comes at the age of 24 years, 1 month, 20 days in his 57th Tour start (2020 Puerto Rico Open, 2020, 2021 World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba).

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With the win, moves to No. 4 in the FedExCup. Becomes the first player to successfully defend his World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba; previous best finish by a defending champion was Brendon Todd in 2020 (T8).

 

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Becomes the first player on Tour to successfully defend a Tour title since Brooks Koepka at the 2019 PGA Championship.

Moves to two-for-two when attempting to convert a 54-hole lead into victory (2020 Puerto Rico Open).

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Becomes the fifth consecutive international winner on PGA Tour: Sungjae Im/Shriners Children’s Open, Rory McIlroy/THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT, Hideki Matsuyama/ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, Lucas Herbet/Butterfield Bermuda Championship.

Hovland remains the only Norwegian player to win on the PGA Tour.

Becomes the eighth 54-hole leader/co-leader to convert for the win at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba and fourth to do so in the last five seasons (Patton Kizzire/2017, Matt Kuchar/2018, Brendon Todd/2019).

Becomes the second player to covert a 54-hole lead/co-lead into victory on Tour this season (Hideki Matsuyama/ZOZO Championship).

 

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Marks his 12th career top-10 finish and first of the 2021-22 season in three starts (T44/Shriners Children’s Open, T18/THE CJ CUP).

En route to his win at Mayakoba last year, tied his then-career-low score in round three with an 8-under 63.

Prior to last year’s victory, missed cut in two previous starts in the event in 2018 and 2019.

 

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Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz and Abraham Ancer finished second and T7, respectively.

Scottie Scheffler birdied five of the first eight holes en route to fourth top-5 finish in the 2021 calendar year.

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With a 7-under 64 to finish T7 at 15-under 269, Danny Lee satisfied Minor Medical Extension, regained full PGA Tour status.

Anirban Lahiri carded a 1-over on the final day to finish T40 at 9-under.

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