Viktor Hovland, first two-time champion at the Mayakoba Golf Classic

By one stroke, Viktor Hovland broke Mayakoba’s World Wide Technology record for four rounds by finishing with a total of 261 (-23) and becoming the first two-time champion in the tournament’s 15-year history. This was his third victory on the PGA Tour, with which he dawned on Monday within the top 10 in the world. With his triumph at the El Camaleón golf course, the 24-year-old Norwegian also pocketed 1.2 million dollars from the economic purse of 7.2 million.

“I felt like my game was in a good time starting this week and I knew this golf course was a great fit for me. I entered with high expectations, but obviously for it to end like this and win by four. shots, it’s been a great week. I couldn’t ask for something different, ”said the young Norwegian at the post-match conference.

It was the first reissue of a champion on the PGA Tour since Brooks Koepka revalidated the PGA title in May 2019.

Hovland now boasts 57 appearances on the PGA Tour, in which he has won 3 times: the Puerto Rico Open in 2020, and the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba in 2020 and 2021. With his victory in Playa del Carmen, Viktor will climb to No. 4 in the FedExCup rankings and projects within the top 10 in the world rankings.

From before this triumph, Hovland was already considered by many as a rising star. The week before the Mayakoba tournament, the Norwegian and American Collin Morikawa were the youngest players in the top 20 ranked on the PGA Tour and the ones with the least professionalism. The average age on that list is 29.7 years old.

Maturity at 24 years of age is a virtue that allows him to detect his faults and improve as he advances in his golf walk, as he considers this to have been the best tournament he has played so far: “It is to consider the four complete rounds and making few mistakes. I think I’ve had better weeks where I’ve made better shots, but this was a week where I had good shots, good short game, good putts. That does not happen frequently ”.

Alan Bratton, Viktor’s golf coach from his college days at Oklahoma State, described the Norwegian as a confident player “which I think is really rare,” as one thing that separates them from the rest is their confidence in their ability to execute: “He’s not afraid of being vulnerable and has a clear idea of ​​where he wants to go with his game and what he needs to do to keep improving.”

Since its inception, Hovland’s career has stood out, as he became number 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and made history as the first Norwegian to win the US Amateur (2018) and also the first to compete in The Masters (2019). .

Hovland analyzes that unlike last year in Mayakoba, where he also raised the trophy, this year his game was more stable.

“I think this year I made better putts throughout the week, but I think last year I hit the ball very well, my short game was not so good, I missed too many putts the first two days, but at the end during the week I improved a lot. I consider that my performance throughout this week was more stable, better golf. I think that is the only aspect. It’s difficult to compare because last year was special for me, ”said the champion.

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Viktor Hovland, first two-time champion at the Mayakoba Golf Classic

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