2021, 2022; Viktor Hovland joins Tiger Woods in rare Albany feat

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Viktor Hovland successfully defended his title at the Hero World Challenge, prevailing by two shots over Scottie Scheffler.

Viktor Hovland won the Hero World Challenge for the second consecutive year, becoming the second player in tournament history to successfully defend a title and first since Tiger Woods in 2007.

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Hovland and Scottie Scheffler finished Nos. 1 and 2 on the leaderboard for the second year in a row.

With the victory, Hovland moved to No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking; Scheffler would have returned to World No. 1 with a win.

 

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Making their tournament debuts, Korea’s Sungjae Im and Tom Kim finished T8 and T10 respectively.

Hovland (-16), who won by two strokes over Scheffler, held at least a share of the lead after each of the first three rounds (T1, led by 1, led by 3).

 

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His third-round 64 was the lowest score recorded by any player in any round.

No. 9 at the Official World Golf Ranking with the win, this is the first time Hovland is in the top 10 since September 11, 2022.

 

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He has one successful title defence in an official PGA TOUR event: 2021 World Wide Technology Championship.

Scheffler (2nd/-14) led the field in eagles with three (No. 15/R1, No. 15/R3, No. 6/R4).

 

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Would have returned to World No. 1 with a win; Rory McIlroy moved to No. 1 on October 23, snapping Scheffler’s streak of 30 consecutive weeks in the top position.

He has two top-10s in three starts on TOUR during the fall portion of the 2022-23 season (T3/World Wide Technology Championship, T9/Cadence Bank Houston Open).

2022 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Cameron Young finished third, his best result worldwide since finishing runner-up in back-to-back starts at the 2022 Open Championship and Rocket Mortgage Classic.

 

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Justin Thomas finished fifth for the third consecutive year (T5/2019, T5/2021, 5th/2022).