Viktor Hovland blended 10 birdies with a lone bogey in a shocking final-round 61, setting the course report and incomes a two-shot win; Scottie Scheffler leads FedExCup standings after ending tied-second with Matt Fitzpatrick
By Ali Stafford
Final Up to date: 20/08/23 11:38pm
Viktor Hovland produced a sensational back-nine birdie barrage to stun world No 1 Scottie Scheffler and declare a dramatic victory on the BMW Championship.
Hovland overturned a three-stroke deficit throughout a gripping closing spherical at Olympia Fields Nation Membership, the place he fired seven birdies in a back-nine 28 to set the course report with an unbelievable nine-under 61.
The Norwegian ended the week on 17 below to register a second PGA Tour title of the season and fifth total, with the newest success additionally seeing him shut the hole on Scheffler on the high of the FedExCup standings heading into the Tour Championship.
Scheffler held at the least a share of the lead for almost all of the day however noticed his hopes ended with a penultimate-hole bogey, with the American ending tied-second on 15 below with Matt Fitzpatrick and Rory McIlroy an additional three strokes again in fourth.
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Scheffler missed a six-foot likelihood on the par-five first however edged forward when he transformed from 10 ft on the subsequent, with the world No 1 virtually holing his strategy into the third to arrange a tap-in birdie.
Fitzpatrick poured in from 20 ft to match his taking part in associate’s birdie and added one other from shut vary on the subsequent to drag stage, with each then firing tee pictures to inside six ft and selecting up pictures on the par-three sixth to maneuver to 14 below.
Hovland – taking part in two teams forward – had birdied three of his opening 5 holes to briefly get inside one of many lead however then bogeyed the seventh, leading to him handing over 33, whereas taking part in associate McIlroy was an additional stroke again after ending his entrance 9 with a bogey.
Scheffler burned one other birdie alternative on the seventh and watched Fitzpatrick produce a outstanding up and down from the sand to save lots of par on the eighth, just for the Englishman to bogey the ninth and fall one behind on the flip.
Fitzpatrick transformed from 12 ft to hitch Scheffler in birdieing the tenth and briefly moved again tied for the lead when the American bogeyed the par-four subsequent, whereas Hovland charged into competition by beginning his again 9 with three consecutive birdies.
Hovland responded to a missed birdie likelihood on the thirteenth by making a tap-in birdie on the subsequent to briefly make it a three-way tie, just for Scheffler to roll in from 15 ft and 25 ft over his subsequent two holes to card back-to-back birdies and go two clear.
Fitzpatrick recovered from bogeying the 14th by birdieing his subsequent two holes to get again inside one, as Hovland took benefit of the par-five fifteenth and added to his birdie tally on the par-four seventeenth to drag again alongside Scheffler on 16 below.
Scheffler needed to accept a par on the fifteenth and squandered a glance from six ft after a superb tee shot on the sixteenth, which noticed him fall behind for the primary time when Hovland capped off an unbelievable again 9 by slotting in an eight-foot birdie on the final to set the clubhouse goal.
Hovland’s lead doubled when Scheffler inexplicably carded a three-putt bogey on the seventeenth, with victory safe when neither Scheffler or Fitzpatrick may gap their second pictures into the final and each settled for closing pars.
McIlroy birdied three of his final 5 holes to put up a four-under 66 and take fourth, with Open champion Brian Harman and midway chief Max Homa an additional shot again in tied-fifth.
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Requested the place that spherical ranked in his profession, Hovland advised Sky Sports activities: “It must be primary. I keep in mind taking part in a reasonably particular spherical of golf my first yr on Tour, I shot seven below at Torrey Pines when it was hailing and windy and raining and that is most likely the very best 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 began the day three off the lead, added: “I used to be considering if I put up a rating like I did yesterday (65) I may at the least have an opportunity, however it’s laborious when you have got so many guys in entrance of you which can be actually good and taking part in superior. Catching warmth on the again 9 was what I needed to do.”
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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