Golf News: Before overcoming a six-shot deficit to achieve a thrilling victory in the Bahamas, Viktor Hovland claimed he had little thought about a possible Hero World Challenge title.
Despite bogeying his final two holes, Hovland posted a six-under 66 to win by one stroke at the Albany, having moved clear of the field with back-to-back eagles on his back nine.
Collin Morikawa started the day five shots ahead and was a strong favourite to win and go up to world number one, but a final-round 76 allowed Hovland to take advantage and win for the second time in as many starts.
“I didn’t really believe winning was even in question when I first teed off and obviously got off to simply making a few pars early on,” Hovland said after his victory.
“I was in the greenside bunker after making three birdies in a row at the end of the front nine, and I looked up at the leaderboard and realised I was tied for first.” That’s when I realised that if I play well on the back nine, I might have a chance.
“The field is only 20 people, but the players here are incredibly talented, and I feel like my victories have come when the field hasn’t been as strong.” It gives me a lot of confidence to achieve well in an area like this.”
Scottie Scheffler, who returned from a triple bogey at the par-four fourth to score eight birdies in an 11-hole span to card a final-round 66, ended a stroke behind Hovland.
Scheffler commented, “I felt like I played very well.” “I had been having a lot of trouble with my putting all week until maybe the back nine yesterday, when I made a few putts.”
“Aside from that, I putted so badly the first two days, so it was wonderful to see a few go in today and start things rolling.” At the end, I felt like I gave myself an opportunity, and I’m happy with that.”
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