Just months after winning a National Championship, Oklahoma State golfer Viktor Hovland will add one more piece of hardware to his collection, a Havemayer Trophy from the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach. With coach Allan Bratton by his side as caddy, Hovland claimed the trophy with a dominating final round over UCLA’s Devon Bling winning 13 holes.
Hovland won his match 6&5 and led for most of the match. After back and forth wins on the first two holes, Hovland took a 1-up lead on the fourth hole and never looked back.
Hovland then birdied four in a row, holes 8 through 12 to build a dominating lead. Bling won a few holes during the match, but was never able to get it closer than 3-up the rest of the way.
Probably the highlight of the day, and the tournament, was this amazing shot from Hovland off the side of a cliff. The All-American would go on to birdie the hole to take the 1-up lead he never relinquished.
The world No. 5 amateur dominated the entire tournament, winning other matches by as much as 6 and 7.
He had a little swagger to him in this interview after it was all over. When asked about being in the footsteps of people like Tiger, Hovland jokingly replied “Tiger who?”
Hovland joins Labron Harris Jr. (1962), Bob Dickson (1967), Scott Verplank (1984), and Peter Uihlein (2010) as Cowboys who have won the tournament.
Hovland will now be invited to The Masters as well as the U.S. Open next year.