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Viktor Hovland has had an uneven start to the PGA tournament in Charlotte. A bad finish sent him down the charts. Photo: George Walker IV, AP / NTB

Of NTB | 10.05.2024 01:06:15

Sport: Hovland was two strokes under par and tied for 13th after 15 holes played in the opening round in Charlotte, but a bogey on the 16th hole and double bogey on the 18th ruined the day and sent him far down the charts.

The Norwegian golf star ended last year’s season brilliantly, but he has not been able to find his way back to the big game so far this year. After he missed the cut in the US Masters just under a month ago, he took a break to prioritize training.

Now he is back again on the PGA Tour. The tournament in North Carolina has a total prize pool of $20 million, and Hovland has not gotten the start he was hoping for.

After making a good birdie on the first hole, it was three holes on par before the next birdie came on the 5th hole. On the next hole, Hovland had to endure a bogey, but he immediately made up for it with a birdie on the 7th hole.

He had another bogey on the 9th hole and was one shot under par at the halfway point. Again he responded with a birdie straight after a bogey, but then he had to endure another bogey on the 11th hole.

Xander Schauffele leads the tournament after completing a round of 64 (seven under par). He is three strokes ahead of Collin Morikawa, Alex Norén and Rory McIlroy.

Hovland is in joint 44th place.

Hideki Matsuyama, with whom Hovland was to play on the first two days, also withdrew just before the start due to a sore back. The Norwegian thus played together with only Sahith Theegala.

For a long time he was well placed on the scoreboard, even though the game was uneven and he often ended up in the rough and repeatedly in sand pits.

After three holes on par, the fifth birdie of the day came on the 15th hole, and Hovland was two under again. Then followed the bad ending. On the last hole he hit the water and ended up with a double bogey.

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