Viktor Hovland enters this week's Sentry Tournament of Champions at a career-high 7th in the world after winning three times in 2021 including his last two starts at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and Hero World Challenge. The Norwegian arrived to Hawaii last Wednesday, eight days before the start of the tournament, but did not receive his clubs until six days later! It resulted in him only getting to play the course on the final practice day.
His bag went missing for five days after travelling from Oslo via Paris via Seattle to get to Hawaii for this week's event. And when his clubs did finally arrive, his driver shaft was snapped on his Ping G425 - which was a replacement. Hovland won the Mayakoba Golf Classic using James Hahn's back-up driver after Danny Lee broke his when testing it on the range, so at least he is used to using back-ups.
The World No.7 wrote on Instagram calling Delta Airlines to sort their 's#!T' together and then wrote "Can't say I'm surprised!!!" when he discovered his broken driver.
He spent his time in Hawaii going to the gym and beach, and managed to play some golf with his caddie Shay Knight's clubs.
"It wasn't ideal, but at least when you haven't hit balls, the main thing is to just kind of get a feel for it," Hovland said. "Obviously, the preparations haven't been ideal. My duffel bag and my mom's duffel bag was there, but we waited 30 minutes for my golf bag and it didn't show up. They said they sent it through Salt Lake City, apparently."
"It's a little different case because I was playing pretty good and then testing James' driver, it was really good. I'm still playing that driver. It's a little different this week, but I'm getting better every day. But it's not ideal that I have to spend these couple of days to try to get back into things and find my swing."
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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