WATCH: "It's A Pretty Good Lie" - Hilarious Hovland In Knee-High Rough

Despite thinking his lie was "pretty good", the World No.7 went on to take a drop...

Viktor Hovland pictured in the thick rough
(Image credit: Twitter @goody_21/PGA Tour)

Viktor Hovland found himself in knee-high grass during the opening round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions where the cameras overheard him hilariously say that he had a "pretty good lie." His tone didn't come across like he was joking so you have to laugh at his optimism, which his caddie Shay Knight wasn't having.

Knight made Hovland take an unplayable drop from the cabbage on the drivable par-4 14th hole with the duo confident that they could still make par despite the wayward tee shot. The Norwegian went on to make a double bogey to drop to three-under-par before making an incredible bounce-back eagle at the very next hole.

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He carded a four-under-par 69 in round one, clearly putting his disrupted pre-tournament preparations behind him. Despite arriving in Hawaii eight days before the tournament, his clubs didn't arrive until six days later and he discovered a snapped driver shaft when they finally did turn up.

Hovland has quickly become one of golf's most likeable figures since turning pro in mid-2019. He's also one of the game's best players, currently sitting at a career-high 7th in the world after back-to-back wins at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and Hero World Challenge to close out 2021.

The Norwegian star had a glittering amateur career that saw him win the 2018 US Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach before securing low amateur honours at both the 2019 Masters and US Open. He has won a total of four PGA Tour events and has one European Tour title after victory at the 2020 European Open.

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

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.

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