Viktor Hovland finished in a tie for 12th in the US Open at Pebble Beach, but what do we know about him?
There are 15 amateurs in the US Open field at Pebble Beach and it’s was a young European who topped the headlines. So who is Viktor Hovland?
On Thursday, he was grouped alongside back-to-back US Open champion Brooks Koepka and Open champion Francesco Molinari but this didn’t seem to phase him. The amateur kept pace with Koepka throughout and carded a 2-under-par opening round of 68, before going on to add rounds of 73, 71 and 67.
Hovland went on to claim the low amateur award and become the first player since Matt Kuchar in 1998 to win low amateur at the Masters and the US Open in the same season.
So who is Viktor Hovland?
Here are some things you should know about the rising star…
Young gun: Born on September 18, 1997, in Oslo, Norway, Hovland has is whole career ahead of him.
Amateur star: As a result of his low-amateur finish at the Masters as well as important wins such as the US Amateur in 2018, he moved to No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Oklahoma guy: In 2016, Hovland turned down offers from Universities such as Tennessee in favour of Oklahoma. He wears the Oklahoma State logo on his cap and shirt.
Pebble Beach champion: Hovland’s US Amateur victory in 2018 came at Pebble Beach, which explains why he is so comfortable there.
Ben Hogan Award winner: The award is given to the best amateur of the previous year, and in 2018 Hovland was the recipient. He became the second European to receive the honour, following in the footsteps of Jon Rahm.
Pro status: Hovland turned pro immediately after the US Open and made his pro debut on the PGA Tour at the Travelers Championship.
Ping man: Of course if you’re going to be a pro on the PGA Tour you need some kit to go with it. Hovland has signed a multi-year deal with Ping to play a minimum of 11 clubs, including the driver, irons and putter. He will also wear the Ping logo on his hat.
Style guru: Not only that, Hovland has signed to J.Lindeberg to wear their clothing. The Oklahoma State cowboy logo will disappear from his clothing but will remain on his Ping staff bag.
Bobble fun: Oh, and this…
– US Amateur Champion
– Amateur World No. 1
– Opens with a 69 at Pebble Beach
— National Club Golfer (@NCG_com) June 14, 2019