Viktor Hovland claimed a fifth PGA Tour title with a shocking two-shot win on the BMW Championship; Hovland set a brand new course document with a final-round 61 to carry off Scottie Scheffler and Matt Fitzpatrick in Illinois
By Ali Stafford
Final Up to date: 21/08/23 6:37am
Viktor Hovland believes he produced the spherical of his profession up to now to grab a dramatic victory over world No 1 Scottie Scheffler and Ryder Cup team-mate Matt Fitzpatrick on the BMW Championship.
Hovland overturned a three-stroke deficit throughout a exceptional remaining day at Olympic Fields Nation Membership, the place he birdied seven of his final 9 holes to set a brand new course document with an incredible nine-under 61.
The quick end noticed the Norwegian star end two strokes away from Scheffler and Fitzpatrick, along with his fifth PGA Tour title additionally seeing him leap to second within the FedExCup standings going into the season-ending Tour Championship.
Requested the place that spherical ranked in his profession, Hovland instructed Sky Sports activities: “It must be primary. I keep in mind taking part in a reasonably particular spherical of golf my first yr on [the PGA] Tour, I shot seven below at Torrey Pines when it was hailing and windy and raining and that is most likely the most effective I’ve ever struck it all through a spherical.
“However to shoot 61 and shoot 28 on the again 9 at this golf course and below the circumstances, I’ve nothing that beats that.”
Hovland, who blended 10 birdies with a lone bogey, added: “I used to be pondering if I publish a rating like I did yesterday (65) I may not less than have an opportunity, nevertheless it’s laborious when you could have so many guys in entrance of you which might be actually good. Catching warmth on the again 9 was what I needed to do.”
The 25-year-old was taking part in alongside Ryder Cup team-mate and reigning FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy, who ended the week 5 strokes again in fourth spot after a four-under 66 on Sunday.
“I felt like I performed very common on the market subsequent to Viktor [Hovland],” McIlroy stated. “He performed superb. I used to be marking his card in there and I am like, ‘oh, you solely made one 4 on the again 9, the remainder threes’, so it provides as much as a pleasant little 28 for him. It was nice to see. He performed nice. I type of realized round like 14, 15 one thing fairly particular was occurring.
“He [Hovland] has had some nice wins already this yr. Had an amazing probability on the PGA Championship. Did not fairly get it finished, however yeah, he is a world-class participant and looking out ahead to him being on my staff for the Ryder Cup in a number of weeks’ time.”
Scheffler held not less than a share of the lead for a lot of the remaining day earlier than fading over the closing holes, with the six-time PGA Tour winner surprised by how Hovland closed out the match.
“It is a fairly superb spherical of golf to win this match like that,” Scheffler stated of Hovland’s 61. “I nonetheless do not perceive how the scores had been so low this week. This place appears fairly laborious to me, however guys are simply ripping it up. 61 is a incredible spherical, particularly with Sunday strain.
“I am only a bit pissed off. I believe that will be the best way to explain it. I imply, Viktor went out and actually simply beat me at present and performed a incredible spherical. I can maintain my head excessive – I did my greatest on the market at present and fought laborious. Simply finally got here up a few photographs quick.”
Fitzpatrick began the week outdoors the top-30 within the FedExCup standings however secured his place at East Lake by claiming a share of second, with the previous US Open champion having no complaints about narrowly lacking out on victory.
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“Cannot do something about 61,” Fitzpatrick stated. “I did simply see Viktor [Hovland], I known as him slightly s***! However for me, simply actually happy once more that I performed rather well remaining spherical in rivalry with the world No 1 and I did not lose it.
“Another person got here from behind and gained it – cannot do something about that. I really feel like my recreation is unquestionably in higher form than it was and looking out ahead to attending to subsequent week and dealing on it some extra.”
The PGA Tour season reaches its climax on Thursday on the Tour Championship, the place solely the highest 30 within the FedExCup standings get to characteristic and gamers are given a strokes-based benefit based mostly on their place.
Scheffler will begin with a two-shot lead over Hovland and McIlroy will start on seven below in third spot, whereas Jon Rahm begins in fourth forward of Lucas Glover.
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