Golf Club: Viktor Hovland wins the Hero World Challenge; Collin Morikawa finishes second

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Source: Pgatour.com

Golf Club: Viktor Hovland snatched a thrilling victory at the Hero World Challenge after firing back-to-back eagles in the final round.

On a thrilling Sunday in the Bahamas, the Norwegian overcame a six-shot deficit, shooting a six-under 66 to jump clear of a crowded leaderboard at Albany and finish the week on 18 under.

Viktor Hovland bogeyed his final two holes but ended a shot ahead of Scottie Scheffler, who birdied six of his final eight holes for a 66, while Sam Burns and Patrick Reed tied for third place on 15 under.

Collin Morikawa had a five-shot lead going into the final day and was in prime position to jump Jon Rahm at the top of the global rankings, but the world No. 2 had to settle for a tie for sixth after a closing 76.

Morikawa gave up his overnight lead when he missed balls at the fourth and sixth holes on his way to double-bogeying both holes, allowing Burns to take the lead with three birdies from the sixth.

Burns found water off the ninth tee and bogeyed the par-five to tie Reed and Hovland at 15 under par at the turn.

Hovland scored a two-putt birdie at the 11th but bogeyed the 12th to lose his outright lead. Reed bogeyed the 10th and Burns made up for a bogey at the 11th with a chip-in eagle off the following green, while Hovland made a two-putt birdie at the 11th but bogeyed the 12th to lose his outright lead.

When Morikawa birdied the par-five 11th to close to within one, and Justin Thomas birdied four of his last five holes to finish with a final-round 64, Burns’ chances dashed when he triple-bogeyed the driveable par-four 14th, the leaderboard tightened even more.

Scheffler surged into contention with four consecutive birdies, but he couldn’t catch Hovland, who followed up a hole-out eagle from the greenside bunker on the 14th with a 20-foot eagle putt at the par-five next to go two up.

Hovland birdied the 16th then three-putted for bogey from the fringe on the par-three 17th, giving him a two-shot lead going into the par-four 18th, where a two-putt bogey was enough to secure the most unlikely of victories.

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