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High Noon Highlights (12/7): Hovland wins PGA event

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PGA: Houston Open - Second Round Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

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Hovland’s personality pays off:

This weekend former Oklahoma State golfer Viktor Hovland won another PGA event, the Mayakoba Golf Classic, becoming the fifth European player to win multiple PGA titles before the age of 24. His easygoing nature was helpful in the win.

“I feel like it’s just a personality trait, being kind of easygoing,” said Hovland of his ability to shake off adversity with ease. “I don’t like to worry about things, even though (worry) happens. I think you get it through practice and confidence in your abilities.

“It’s definitely a learned skill. I’m usually pretty bad at most things that I do, but if I get hooked on something, I’m going to put down some time and effort, until I feel like I can do it well. Golf has been one of those things.” {PGATour.com}

Check out the Norwegian call on the winning shot:

A celebratory dinner with former teammate and current roommate Austin Eckroat followed:

Tylan Wallace named semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award:

Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace has made it onto the list of semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award. 11 players made the list including DeVonta Smith of Alabama and Kyle Pitts of Florida.

The semifinalists, finalists, and award recipient are selected by the highly distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers, Biletnikoff Award winners, and other former receivers. Foundation trustees do not vote and have never voted. For a list of voters, please see BiletnikoffAward.com/voters.

The Biletnikoff Award candidate eligibility and voting criteria, transparently explicit and detailed, are available for review at BiletnikoffAward.com/criteria.

Recently, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation opened the 2020 FanVote. Every fan may vote once daily on the Biletnikoff Award FanVote page. The aggregate fan tally will be counted as one official vote to determine semifinalists, finalists (three receivers), and the winner. In the closest contest in years, the FanVote tally provided the one-vote margin of victory for 2013 winner Brandin Cooks of Oregon State.{Biletnikoff.com}

Three keys for Cowgirl basketball vs. SMU:

Oklahoma State had success building a lead in its game against Alabama last Saturday. It entered halftime leading the Crimson Tide by 10 and eventually stretched out its lead to 17 points midway through the third quarter. However, the Cowgirls couldn’t hold on to their lead, getting outscored 23-11 in the fourth quarter and losing by four points. If OSU is able to grab an early lead against SMU. it will be interesting who it turns to down the stretch to finish the job. {OColly}