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.

Watch Hovland's hilarious comment below:

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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
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV