Viktor Hovland wins maiden PGA Tour title in Puerto Rico
Viktor Hovland improved his reputation as one of golf’s brightest young talents after clinching a thrilling maiden PGA Tour title.
Hovland tipped to make his Ryder Cup debut in the fall, rattled in a birdie putt on the last green at Coco Beach in Rio Grande to catch a victory over Josh Teater.
The 22-year-old appeared to have blown his odds of winning on Tour his 17th beginning when he got into huge trouble and needed five shots just to get his ball onto the green.
Hovland eventually trudged on his head to the tee using a six, but he hauled himself back into the running after he chipped in for below par.
Teater, playing in the team ahead of the Norwegian, birdied 15 and 17 before closing with a par at the last to finish a 69 which seemed to be good enough to get into a play-off when Hovland’s third into the par-five 18th came up short.
However, Hovland’s aggressive putt for his win struck on the rear of the cup then dropped for his third birdie of the evening, and one of the most important of his career as far as he joined the likes of Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in winning his maiden PGA Tour titles at the age of 22.
“It’s excitement for sure. It is a special sense,” said Hovland, whose win is projected to transfer him to 60th in the world ranks having begun the championship at 102nd.
While Hovland celebrated, it was an round because of his playing-partner Martin Laird, at the last assembly, as the Scot slid below to finish in a tie for sixth time and struggled to a 75.