Viktor Hovland Wins Maiden PGA Tour Title In Puerto Rico

The 22-year-old birdied the 72nd hole to become the first Norwegian to win on the PGA Tour

Viktor Hovland Wins Maiden PGA Tour Title In Puerto Rico
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The 22-year-old birdied the 72nd hole to become the first Norwegian to win on the PGA Tour

Viktor Hovland Wins Maiden PGA Tour Title In Puerto Rico

Viktor Hovland bounced back from a final round triple bogey to win his first professional title at the Puerto Rico Open.

He made a lengthy birdie putt on the 72nd hole to become the PGA Tour's first ever Norwegian winner.

Hovland began the day two ahead of Josh Teater and was still two ahead after 10 holes thanks to two birdies and eight pars.

However, it then went majorly wrong for the 22-year-old who made a triple bogey at the par-3 11th, which he described as a "train wreck."

Luckily for him, playing partner Teater started the back nine bogey-bogey so all was not lost, and fireworks were on their way.

Hovland parred the 12th, 13th and 14th to steady the ship before making an eagle at the par-5 15th thanks to a chip-in.

That put him one clear of Teater but the American then birdied the 17th to go level with one to play.

Hovland then rolled in a long birdie putt on the final green to win his maiden PGA Tour title by a single stroke.

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He won $540,000 and moves up to a career-high 60th in the world from 104th.

"It feels crazy being here," he said.

Viktor Hovland Wins Maiden PGA Tour Title In Puerto Rico

"It was certainly a day of lots of ups and downs.

"Was cruising along very well the first 10 holes to be 2 under par, because the course is playing pretty tough today compared to the first three rounds.

"Obviously the triple bogey on 11 put me back.

"That should have just been a bogey, but my short game held me back a little bit.

"But I kept plugging along and had a great chip-in on 15, and obviously the putt on 18 was, yeah, it was a great way to win my first Tour event."

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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 the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships 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 anywhere between 4-6. 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

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x