Just one copy, this week, in the world’s top 10 men’s golf. England’s Matt Fitzpatrick, “runner-up” in Rome at the 79th Italian Open golf tournament, is back in 10th place, overtaking Norway’s Victor Hovland, who is now 11th.
Ranking, top ten
The number 1 is always the American Scottie Scheffler, who precedes the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and the Australian Cameron Smith. The exploit at the Italian Open allowed Scottish Robert McIntyre not only to return to the top 100, but to go from 110th to 68th, winning 42nd.
Among the Azores, Francesco Molinari is 141 / s. While Guido Migliozzi went from 172 / a to 168 / yard. Hovland began playing golf at the age of eleven, after his father, Harald, while living and working as an engineer at St.
Lewis in the USA. Five years later, when he was 16 years old in 2014, Victor Hovland became a Norwegian champion. From 2016 to 2019, he played college golf at Oklahoma State University with Christopher Ventura, among others. In August 2018, he won the US Amateur Championship, defeating American Devon Bling 6-5 in the final. A few weeks ago, he had been on the Miklagard Golf team that won the national team championship.
Thanks to the victory in the US Amateur Championship, he qualified for the Masters in 2019. Here he made the cut, as the first Norwegian player at the Masters Tournament and the second Norwegian men’s golfer at a major tournament. He finished the tournament as the oldest amateur in a draw 32 with 285 hits, three shots below par, the best result of a 58-year-old amateur. He also qualified for the 2019 US Open, where he finished 12th best amateur.
He set a new amateur record with 280 strokes, two better than Jack Nicklaus’ old record since 1960. After the 2019 US Open, Hovland became a professional. He played the last five regular tournaments on the PGA Tour in the 2018/19 season thanks to sponsor invites, but failed to make the top 125 tournaments that automatically qualified for the 2019/2020 season.
So he took part in the playoffs on the Korn Ferry Tour, where he qualified for the PGA Tour in two tournaments. Hovland made a solid debut season on the PGA Tour with one win (Puerto Rico Open in February), three places in the top ten and nine in the top twenty-five out of a total of 20 championships.
He qualified for the Tour Championship and finished the season tied for 20th place in the FedEx Cup with a total of $1,982,275 in prize money. Hovland finished 33rd in the PGA Championship, the season’s only major tournament.
At the 2020 European Tour, Hovland finished 27th in the Race to Dubai rankings after third at the DP World Championship, Dubai in December. The 2020/2021 season opened with 12th place in the US Open. His second career win on the PGA Tour came at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in December.
Hovland finished 2020 14th in the world rankings and third in the FedEx Cup. In February 2021, Hovland was named European Tour Player of the Year after finishing second in the WGC-Workday Championship and sixth place in the Saudi International Championship.
In June 2021, Hovland made history again by being the first Norwegian golfer to win a championship on the European Tour when he won the 2021 BMW International Open. In November, Hovland defended his title at Mayakoba, and in December he won his fifth championship as a professional in the World Champion Challenge. His sixth win at the Dubai Desert Classic came in January 2022 after defeating Richard Bland in a replay.