'It Sucks Right Now' - Viktor Hovland On Final Round PGA Heartbreak

Hovland would rue a late double bogey as he finished in a share of second place and two shots back of winner, Brooks Koepka

Hovland looks on in dismay after his bunker shot doesn't get out of the bunker
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Up until the 16th hole on Sunday, Viktor Hovland had been going toe-to-toe with Brooks Koepka, with the young Norwegian keeping himself in contention to claim a first Major title at the PGA Championship.

However, after his tee shot found a fairway bunker at the 16th, it soon unravelled for the 25-year-old as his next shot slammed into the lip of the bunker and plugged deeply. As a result, Hovland was forced to take a drop and, after his fourth found the green, he could only two putt for a double bogey, with his chances of lifting the Wanamaker Trophy gone.

Visibly gutted about the actions of the past hour, a dejected Hovland was seen in the scorer's tent before he headed over to fulfill his media duties and, speaking after his round, he simply stated: "It sucks right now."

Describing the moment at the 16th, he explained that: "(I) just didn't get out of the bunker. Plugged in the lip and tried to get a drop and made a double bogey. It was a 9-iron."

Despite missing out on a Major title, his record at the big events continues to get better, with a T4 result at the Masters in April being followed by a T2 finish at the PGA Championship this week. "It is really cool to see that things are going the right direction," claimed Hovland. "If I just keep taking care of my business and just keep working on what I've been doing, I think we're going to get one of these soon."

Brooks Koepka fist pumps as Viktor Hovland watches on

Koepka celebrates his win on the 18th green whilst Hovland watches on

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In the end, it was Koepka who would get the better of his playing partner, with the LIV golfer firing a three-under-par final round of 67 to secure a two shot win over Hovland and Scottie Scheffler.

Not only was the win his third PGA Championship title, but also his fifth Major trophy, with the result making Koepka the 20th male golfer to reach the feat of five Major titles.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

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.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x