Golfer borrows club to set record at PGA Tour event

MexicoViktor Hovland won the World Wide Tech Championship on the PGA Tour by a score of -23, even though he had to play with a driver borrowed from colleague James Hahn throughout the tournament.

Hovland’s -23 is the tournament record. With this victory, he won the championship two years in a row, the first time in 14 years of World Wide Tech Championship history, and also broke the PGA Tour overall – two seasons without a member defending the title.

With a 67-stroke final round, Hovland dropped four strokes from runner-up Carlos Ortiz. On the closing day of 7/11, he scored six birdies, two bogeys. Two negligence took place in the back half of the field. But considering the overall situation of the round, the Norwegian golfer always leads at least three strokes.

Hovland and the driver helped him win the World Wide Tech Championship for the second consecutive season.

Hovland and the driver helped him win the World Wide Tech Championship for the second consecutive season.

Hovland used James Hahn’s spare during the tournament because of a damaged driver after actively lent it to Danny Lee to test the effectiveness of his ball-speed exercise. The clubhead is also borrowed 9 degrees, but the shaft does not exactly match its own parameters, and is 2.54 cm shorter. However, the statistics at the end of the tournament recorded that Hovland played an average of 298.4 yards, ranking T2 in terms of serving efficiency.

“James’s club is shorter, the shaft is not quite right. With it, I play about 10 yards shorter, the ball is lower but straighter,” commented Hovland.

When he went down to the fairway to close the hole, Hovland said to his caddy Shay Knight: “You get 10% of my prize, James also 10%”. According to PGA Tour practice, the caddy gets 10% if the player wins, 7% when he gets into the top 10 and 5% when he is eliminated.

Hahn’s part is Golf Channel guess the “loan fee”. But Hovland corrected: “I was joking. James is very kind. I owe him this time. How to thank you, we will discuss more.”

The 24-year-old also said that he would not change the familiar driver parameters but would use Hahn seedlings if he found a suitable field.

The World Wide Tech Championship takes place at El Camaleon, par 71 in Mexico with a prize fund of $7.2 million. Last time, Hovland won at -20 points, when the tournament was still called Mayakoba Golf Classic. This period, Hovland still received $ 1,296 million, runner-up Ortiz received $ 784,800.

Hovland won the PGA Tour for the first time at the Puerto Rico Open 2020, in the opening season and was the first Norwegian champion. Thanks to the title in Mexico, Hovland jumped seven places, to 10th in the world.

Quoc Huy

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