WATCH: Viktor Hovland Breaks Putter At The Northern Trust

WATCH: Viktor Hovland Breaks Putter At The Northern Trust

Viktor Hovland Broken Putter
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Viktor Hovland was forced to play the back nine without his putter after smashing it against his bag at Liberty National.

WATCH: Viktor Hovland Breaks Putter At The Northern Trust

Viktor Hovland is regarded as one of the Tours most calm and collected individuals, a player who is rarely seen without a smile on his face.

However, with the FedEx Cup playoffs getting underway at Liberty National this week, and the pressure of only 70 players advancing through to next week, the strain was starting to show.

The young Norwegian, who came into the week ranked just outside the top-10 of the FedEx Cup standings, had been enduring an awful final day in New York.

Watch Hovland break his putter below:

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After rounds of 68, 67 and 65 put him only three shots back of overnight leaders Cameron Smith (opens in new tab) and Jon Rahm (opens in new tab), Hovland started solidly, with four pars over the first four holes keeping the ship steady.

However, a quadruple bogey on the 5th put him back to nine-under-par for the tournament. A birdie at the next hole seemed to recover the situation though, until a double bogey at the 8th put him to five-over-par for the day.

With Hovland (opens in new tab) seething, he would smash his putter into his bag, bending it slightly and forcing him to putt with his wedge over the last nine holes.

He managed to birdie the 10th, holing a 10-footer, before giving back the birdie at the next with a bogey at the par-3 11th.

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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