Viktor Hovland shows the stuff champions are made of

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Viktor Hovland became the third straight European winner of the Hero World Challenge (Jon Rahm/2018, Henrik Stenson/2019). Photo: rte.ie
Viktor Hovland became the third straight European winner of the Hero World Challenge (Jon Rahm/2018, Henrik Stenson/2019). Photo: rte.ie

Viktor Hovland won the Hero World Challenge in his tournament debut, recording a final-round 66 to win by one stroke over Scottie Scheffler.

Hovland had won the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba in his most recent official start on the PGA Tour.

 

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Collin Morikawa (4-over 76) finished T5 after entering the final round with a five-stroke lead. He would have moved to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking with a victory.

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Hovland became the first player since Jon Rahm in 2018 to win in his tournament debut.

Wins in back-to-back professional starts, having won the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba in his most recent start.

 

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Moves to No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking, the highest position of his career.

He was one of eight players in the field who made their tournament debut (others: Abraham Ancer, Sam Burns, Harris English, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton, Collin Morikawa, Scottie Scheffler).

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Hovland made three starts during the fall portion of the 2021-22 season on the PGA Tour (T44/Shriners Children’s Open, T18/THE CJ CUP, Won/World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba).

 

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Morikawa (T5/-14) entered the final round with a five-stroke lead before recording a 4-over 76 to finish T5.

In official PGA Tour events, most recently shot 76 or higher during the third round of the 2021 PLAYERS Championship (76).

Scheffler finished solo-second and moved to No. 11 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

 

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Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson were each assessed a two-stroke penalty for playing from the wrong teeing area on No. 9 during the final round.

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