AJGA alumnus Viktor Hovland won the 2022 Hero World Challenge this past weekend in Albany, Bahamas. Hovland successfully defended his title and joins Tiger Woods as the only two back-to-back Hero World Challenge winners. Woods won his back-to-back champion title in 2006 and 2007.
In Hovland's opening round, he had a bogey-free front nine with a birdie on No. 3. He then carded an eagle on par-4 No. 14 with his second birdie of the round on No. 12. Hovland had his first bogey of the tournament on No. 16 to shoot 3-under-par 69, ending the first round with a four-way tie at the top. The next day, the defending champion holed out on the par-5 No. 6 with an eagle to finish the round 2-under-par 70 and take the solo lead spot.
Heading into moving day, the Oklahoma State alum had an incredible round. He carded 10 birdies, to shoot 8-under-par 64. Going into the final round with a three stroke lead, Hovland sailed through the front nine bogey-free and carded three birdies. He made a 20-foot bogey putt on No. 18 to finish the round 3-under-par 69. Hovland finished the tournament at 16-under-par to secure his third PGA TOUR win.
During his junior career, Hovland competed in two AJGA tournaments in 2015. His best finish was at the Thunderbird International Junior where he tied for seventh. He also competed at The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf where he tied ninth.
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