Hovland And Morikawa To Team Up At Zurich Classic

The World's No.2 and No.3 golfers are set to feature in the team event next month

Hovland and Morikawa tee off
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Viktor Hovland and Collin Morikawa are two of the game's biggest stars and role models, and now, at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which gets underway in April, they will become teammates, with the duo pairing up to tackle the team event.

Both men have enjoyed extremely quick and similar rises to golfing stardom. Around two years ago, they had only just completed university. Now, they have many titles that span across a vast array of countries.

Currently, Hovland has three PGA Tour wins and two DP World Tour titles on his CV, whilst Morikawa has five PGA Tour and four DP World Tour victories to his name, including the 2020 PGA Championship and the 2021 Open Championship. 

Currently, both men rank as the World's No. 2 and 3 and were involved in an unbelievable match at the Ryder Cup in 2021. During the Sunday singles, which finished in a halve, they produced 13 birdies and 5 pars for a score of 58 around Whistling Straits

Hovland does have experience of playing in the tournament. Last year in New Orleans, he paired it up with fellow countryman, Kris Ventura. The pair had been going along quite nicely at the event, that was until a final day 78 plunged them down the leaderboard and into a tie for 25th.

For Morikawa, he was paired with fellow young star, Matt Wolff. However, the pair struggled, with a 70 and 77 meaning a three-over-par total and a missed cut.

Hovland and Morikawa hug

Morikawa and Hovland embrace following their epic match at Whistling Straits.

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Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

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