|Viktor Hovland Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||September 18, 1997|
Viktor Hovland is a Norwegian professional golfer who has primarily plied his trade on the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) Tour (the main professional golf tour in the United States and North America) and the European Tour (the leading men’s professional golf tour in Europe). On the PGA Tour, he won the 2020 Puerto Rico Open, the 2020 Mayakoba Golf Classic, and the 2021 Mayakoba Golf Classic. On the European Tour, Viktor won the 2021 BMW International Open and the 2022 Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic. As of January 2023, his best performance at a major championship was a 4th place (tied) finish at the 2022 edition of The Open Championship. As of January 2023, his best performance at a World Golf Championship event was a 2nd place finish (tied) at the 2021 WGC Championship. Viktor achieved a peak ranking of 3 in January 2022 in the official World Golf Ranking.
The Resort King of Golf
Oslo, Østlandet, Norway
Stillwater, Payne County, Oklahoma, United States
Viktor, after his high school graduation, attended Oklahoma State University-Stillwater, a public land-grant research university.
- Father – Harald Hovland
- Mother – Galina Hovland
- Siblings – Mats Eriksen Hovland (Brother), Julie Hovland (Younger Sister)
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Norwegian descent.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, side-parted hair
- Clean-shaven look
- Cheerful smile
Viktor Hovland Facts
- In 2018, Viktor became the first Norwegian golfer to have won the U.S. Amateur Championship, the leading annual golf tournament in the United States for amateur golfers.
- In 2019, he won the ‘Ben Hogan Award’, an annual honor presented since 1990 by the Golf Coaches Association of America to the best college golf player in the United States.
- At the 2019 U.S. Open, Viktor finished in 12th place with a score of 280. This was the lowest 72-hole score by an amateur in the tournament’s history, surpassing the previous record of 282 that was set by the legendary Jack Nicklaus in 1960.
- During the 2019-20 season, he set a PGA Tour record for the most consecutive rounds (19) in the 60s, lasting into the 2nd round of the CJ Cup.
- Viktor holds the record of being the first Norwegian golfer to have won a title on the PGA Tour (2020 Puerto Rico Open) and the European Tour (2021 BMW International Open).
- In both 2021 and 2022, he won the Hero World Challenge, an unofficial tournament that features a small number of top-ranked professional golfers and serves as a benefit event for the Tiger Woods Foundation.
- Although the Hero World Challenge is a part of the PGA Tour‘s schedule, it does not offer points or official prize money as it is an unofficial event. Viktor’s 2022 win at the Hero World Challenge matched him with the great Tiger Woods as the only player to have won successive editions of the event.
- In 2021, Viktor became the first Norwegian golfer to have represented Europe in the prestigious Ryder Cup (a biennial men’s golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States). It was the 43rd edition of the tournament and Europe was the holder. The United States, though, despite fielding its youngest team in the tournament’s history, regained the Ryder Cup with a 19-9 margin, the largest margin of victory in the Ryder Cup since 1967.
- In November 2021, Viktor successfully defended his Mayakoba Golf Classic title, setting a tournament record of 23 under par.
- His nickname, ‘The Resort King of Golf’, refers to the fact that all of his first 5 professional title victories were outside of the contiguous United States (the country’s 48 mainland states and Washington, D.C.) and 4 of them were around the Caribbean Sea.
Featured Image by Viktor Hovland / Instagram