Viktor Hovland (24) was six strokes behind the lead before the last round, but delivered a brilliant finish and is fighting for victory.
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With a round of 66 strokes, six strokes under par, Hovland finished 12 strokes under par in the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic.
This means that he is in split management at the moment, but there are several who have not finished playing. Hovland shares the lead with Rory McIlroy, who has five holes left to play.
The Norwegian started the final round brilliantly and was three strokes below par after the first nine holes. In the last nine, there was a long pole out for Hovland, but then the round caught fire on the last three holes.
On hole 16 he lowered an eleven meter long putt for birdie, and on the hole after he hit straight into the green on the shot on the par 4 hole. The eleven meter long putt for eagle was in the middle of the hole, and suddenly Hovland was up in a split lead.
– He puts a mile of putter together there! That is almost unbelievable, said Viaplay commentator Joakim Mikkelsen after the eagle putt went in.
Hovland played until another eagle opportunity on hole 18. In the meantime, Rory McIlroy had made a birdie on hole 13, and was thus one stroke ahead of Hovland before the Norwegian’s last hole.
There, Hovland made a birdie, and thus he is in a split lead before McIlroy’s last five holes.
Viktor Hovland became the first Norwegian to win the DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) when he won the BMW International Open in Munich last summer.
The Norwegian has also won three tournaments on the PGA Tour, and won the exclusive Tiger Woods tournament Hero World Challenge in December last year.
Last week, he finished in joint fourth place in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and the good results meant that Hovland was ranked number five in the world before this week’s tournament.
Should Hovland win the tournament in Dubai, he will move up to third place in the world rankings.