Viktor Hovland, a former NCAA champion and Ben Hogan Award recipient at Oklahoma State, captured his first win on the PGA Tour on Sunday at the Puerto Rico Open.
Hovland sealed the win in style with this lengthy birdie putt on the 18th green to finish 20-under-par for the tournament and win by one stroke.
After soaring into a one-shot lead with an eight-under 64 on Saturday, Hovland, though only 22 years old, showed a veteran’s composure on Championship Sunday. He surrendered his lead with a tragic triple-bogey on the par-three 11th, but got the shots back with a clutch chip-in eagle on the par-five fifteenth and the winning birdie on the final hole.
Hovland is the first Norwegian-born player to win on the PGA Tour, and you can hear how proud these Norwegian announcers are of the young phenom in this clip.
Hvor var du da Viktor Hovland senket denne putten på en søkkvåt green og vant Norges første PGA-seier? pic.twitter.com/lKQ1HcaW1c— Vegar Kulset (@VegarKulset) February 23, 2020
Hovland matched his former OSU teammate, Matthew Wolff — who won the 3M Open last July — with a walk-off win. Hovland is the 21st former Cowboy to win on the PGA Tour.