Golf’s Longest Day: Viktor Hovland’s Grueling Schedule
Playing golf can be a grueling task, but imagine playing two rounds of 18 holes in one day to secure a spot at the US Open Championship. This feat is famously known as “Golf’s Longest Day,” and it sees hundreds of players across North America battle it out for just a few spots in the major tournament.
The Newest Champion Takes On The Challenge
Despite being exempt from this challenge due to his recent victory, PGA Tour’s newest champion Viktor Hovland still participated. Less than 24 hours after winning the Memorial Tournament, he was back on the course as Zach Bauchou’s caddy at the final qualifying event in Columbus, Ohio.
Hovland attended Oklahoma State University with Bauchou and took up the bag for him during his qualifying round at Lakes Golf and Country Club. Despite being ranked lowly at number #1859 worldwide, Bauchou kept fighting until hitting an unfortunate score of one-over par across his first nine holes that left him trailing by five strokes behind leaders.
A Tight Schedule For Hovland
Hovland had barely enough time to recoup before heading off again with Bauchou for another round on Brookside Golf and Country Club later that day where they started their second qualifier leg around two pm E.T.
This marked Hovland’s third stint on an Ohio course within twenty-four hours – all whilst sealing his fourth career PGA Tour triumph at Muirfield Village Golf Club only yesterday. If that wasn’t taxing enough, he achieved victory via a playoff against Denny McCarthy who chased his maiden PGA title along with Hovland.
A Thrilling Victory
Hovland had been trailing by four strokes with only nine holes to go but made a stunning comeback. He holed the round’s only birdie on the 17th hole, which helped him catch up to McCarthy. Throughout the week, he hadn’t managed to shoot below bogey until his final putt that clinched him victory in style.
The win earned Hovland $3.6 million in prize money and lifted him up to world number five rankings, fresh off of tying for second place at the PGA Championship and tied-seventh outing at The Masters tournament earlier this year.
In conclusion, it was an incredible achievement for Viktor Hovland as he secured his first US-based victory on a golf course regarded as one of the toughest around – Muirfield Village Golf Club. It was also significant since it felt like winning a major championship due to how challenging everything had been during that week’s playtime. We hope this inspires other players out there who may be facing challenges or setbacks in their journeys; never give up because you never know when your day will come!