Viktor Hovland Sets Course Record At Bucket List Norwegian Course

The World No.9 was seen at Lofoten Links where he reportedly carded a course record of 63

Hovland tees off at Lofoten Links
(Image credit: Twitter: @Lofoten Links)

Viktor Hovland has been enjoying a superb 2022, with the 24-year-old securing arguably his biggest win at the Dubai Desert Classic. Following the victory, he made a superb run at The 150th Open Championship, but a disappointing final round meant a T4 finish.

Now, after taking some time out following St Andrews, Hovland's game still seems to be in tip-top shape, with the Norwegian returning back to Norway and the stunning Lofoten Links where, reportedly, he shot a course record 63. 

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Located on the remote Norwegian island of Gimsøya, Lofoten Links is quite a tricky golf course to get to – but it’s well worth it if you do make the effort, with the stunning surroundings making it one of the most incredible courses in the world and a definite bucket list golf course.

Surrounded by snow peaked mountains and sprawling white beaches, the course itself is pretty special too, with a brilliant design delivering a firm but fair challenge. At a latitude of 68 degrees north, visit in midsummer and you’ll be able to play golf at Lofoten 24 hours a day.

Posting Hovland's arrival on their social media, Lofoten Links displayed a few videos and pictures of the young Norwegian, who was on the island with a group of friends by the look of it.

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Playing some rounds at the Links, one of them featured a course record 63 around the par 71 layout, with Hovland seen ripping some drives off of the back tees. Although unclear when he will return to competitive action, it is likely that it will be at the FedEx Cup finals, which get underway in just a few weeks with the FedEx St. Jude Championship on the 11 - 14th August.

Currently, the 24-year-old sits in 19th place in the FedEx Cup standings, with Hovland safely through to the finals where the top 125 advance. In the finals, the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings move through following the FedEx St. Jude Championship and, from there, following the BMW Championship, the top 30 advance to the Tour Championship.

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