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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.
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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.
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