Viktor Hovland rolled in a 30- foot birdie putt on the final hole to catch his first PGA Tour success in significant style at the Puerto Rico Open.
Hovland began the day with a one-shot lead, as well as at one factor he developed a three-shot benefit midway via the round. But after getting over an untimely three-way bogey, he was encountering the possibility of a playoff with journeyman Josh Teater as he played the par-5 closing hole.
After his wedge lost as rainfall dropped in Rio Grande, the 22- year-old hidden the birdie putt to end up the week at 20 under after a final- round 70 as well as get rid of an advancement win.
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“I hit some really good shots down the stretch,” Hovland stated. “The putt on the last was just a bonus.”
Last year the previous UNITED STATE Amateur champ ended up being the first gamer in greater than 20 years to take reduced amateur honors at both the Masters as well as UNITED STATEOpen He transformed professional in June as well as virtually protected a PGA Tour card at the end of last period using non-member FedExCup factors. But after ending up being the first novice to win this period, he’s currently totally excluded via 2022 as well as has actually gained places in The Players as well as PGA Championship later on this springtime.
He’s additionally anticipated to relocate right into the top 60 in the most up to date globe positions, with the top 50 at the end of March welcomed to the Masters.
“Obviously you’re trying to win every week, but I mean, to just do it, it’s incredible,” Hovland stated. “It’s a special feeling.”
Hovland’s success suggests that the 3 most enhanced participants of the Class of 2019 have actually currently all won Tour occasions within the first 9 months of their professional profession. Hovland’s previous colleague at Oklahoma State, Matthew Wolff, won the 3M Open in July, while Collin Morikawa won the Barracuda Championship that very same month.
Teater, 40, is playing this period on conditional condition as well as was searching for his first profession PGA Tour win in his 193 rd beginning. But his 15- foot birdie putt onNo 18 lost, as well as he can just see as Hovland made a putt of his very own a couple of mins later on.
“Hat’s off to Viktor,” Teater stated. “He’s a great player, and we’re going to see him do it more often.”
Former PGA Tour champions Kyle Stanley as well as Emiliano Grillo were amongst a connection for 3rd at 15 under, 5 shots behind Hovland, while expert Jhonattan Vegas gained a T-9 coating many thanks to a final- round 62.