WATCH: Viktor Hovland Nearly Takes Out Dustin Johnson

Playing the 11th hole, Hovland very nearly wiped out the former world number one with an errant second shot

Hovland nearly hits DJ
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The Valspar Championship got underway on Thursday at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club. However, for 24-time PGA Tour winner, Dustin Johnson, the tournament very nearly ended swiftly, as he was forced to duck for an errant second shot from world no.3, Viktor Hovland.

Starting on the back nine, Hovland's tee shot on the par-5 11th had found the middle of the fairway, but it was his following shot with his fairway wood that almost caused the most damage, with it spiralling to the right and almost wiping out the Major champions of Johnson and Jason Day.

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To be fair to Hovland, the 24-year-old did let out a huge shout of 'fore!' which was heard clearly by those on the 12th tee.

As his ball landed, it made impact with something solid and eventually came to rest around 50 yards right of the green. In the end, Hovland would go on to make a par, before bogeying his next hole to sit one-over-par for his early round in Florida.

For Johnson, the near accident didn't seem to phase him, with the American going on to make a par at the 12th to sit one-under for the day.

Matt Cradock
Matt Cradock

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.