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Viktor Hovland wins Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge

Norway’s Viktor Hovland made back-to-back eagles down the stretch on Sunday to carry off American Scottie Scheffler and win the Hero World Challenge after 54-hole chief Collin Morikawa unravelled.

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Ninth-ranked Hovland started the day six strokes adrift however fired a six-under par 66 to finish 72 holes on 18-under 270 on the Albany resort within the Bahamas.

That was ok for a one-stroke victory within the 20-man invitational hosted by Tiger Woods.

“It’s really cool,” Viktor Hovland mentioned.

“Being Tiger’s occasion, that’s unbelievable to be part of and particularly to win it.

“I haven’t really done all that well in these limited field events so hopefully that’s going to change.”

The 24-year-old from Oslo matched the very best final-round fightback by any Challenge champion.

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“I didn’t think a win was going to be very plausible,” Hovland mentioned.

“But I do know this golf course is hard. You could make a variety of birdies and you may make up a variety of floor however it’s very straightforward to make bogeys and doubles.

“I knew if I put a good score up there you never know what’s going to happen.”

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Viktor Hovland, who defended a PGA Tour title final month at Mayakoba, additionally received a European Tour title this year in June at Munich.

He took full benefit of a collapse by reigning British Open champion Morikawa, who squandered a five-stroke lead with an opportunity to change into world primary by profitable.

The second-ranked American, who received engaged earlier within the week, matched the Challenge futility mark of Charley Hoffman, who squandered a five-stroke lead within the remaining spherical in 2017.

Scheffler birdied six of the final eight holes to complete second on 271 after a second straight 66 with Americans Sam Burns and Patrick Reed on 273 and Morikawa taking pictures 76 to match Justin Thomas in fifth on 274.

Burns, Hovland and Reed shared the lead at 15-under with Morikawa and Scheffler two again when the back-nine battle started, however bogeys by Reed at 10 and Burns at 11 left the Norwegian within the lead alone.

Hovland, who reeled off three consecutive birdies beginning on the par-5 sixth, birdied the par-5 eleventh to remain in entrance after Burns birdied 12.

Hovland missed the inexperienced on the par-3 twelfth and made bogey, falling right into a share of the lead with Burns, whose triple-bogey catastrophe on the par-4 14th doomed his bid.

Scheffler, who started the day seven adrift and made triple bogey on the fourth, birdied the par-5 fifteenth for his fourth birdie in 5 holes to seize a share of the lead.

Viktor Hovland eagled the 14th gap 3 times within the week

But Hovland answered together with his third eagle of the week at 14, blasting the ball out of a bunker, throughout the inexperienced and into the cup to grab a two-shot lead.

Scheffler birdied 16 and the par-3 seventeenth to once more share the lead however Hovland answered by sinking an 20-foot eagle putt on the par-5 fifteenth to restore his two-stroke benefit.

Hovland birdied 16 for a three-stroke edge and was capable of shut bogey-bogey and nonetheless safe the triumph.

Morikawa, who started the day with a five-stroke lead, hooked second photographs left into bushes for lost balls on the par-4 fourth and par-5 sixth, making double bogeys on every to fall two adrift of Burns and set the stage for the back-nine shootout.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and American Jordan Spieth, within the first pairing, had been handed two-stroke penalties for taking part in from the flawed tees on the par-5 ninth. They as an alternative performed from the adjoining seventeenth tee.

Organisers switched the tees for the ultimate spherical after having warned gamers they may make such a transfer.

“I’ve never experienced that before,” Spieth mentioned.

“There was a sheet saying there was a new yardage on 17 but there was nothing about number nine.”

“We didn’t pay attention being first out and just motoring along,” Stenson mentioned.

“A little note on the tee box would have been helpful.”

Scores after Sunday’s remaining spherical of the Hero World Challenge (USA except famous):

270 – Viktor Hovland (NOR) 68-69-67-66

271 – Scottie Scheffler 71-68-66-66

273 – Sam Burns 71-65-68-69, Patrick Reed 68-69-67-69

274 – Justin Thomas 67-72-71-64, Collin Morikawa 68-66-64-76

275 – Tony Finau 68-66-70-71, Daniel Berger 66-69-69-71

277 – Justin Rose (ENG) 71-70-70-66, Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 69-67-71-70, Brooks Koepka 67-67-69-74

278 – Xander Schauffele 70-70-70-68, Matt Fitzpatrick (ENG) 71-70-68-69

280 – Abraham Ancer (MEX) 66-73-72-69, Harris English 75-70-63-72, Bryson DeChambeau 69-64-73-74

281 – Webb Simpson 67-72-71-71

282 – Rory McIlroy (NIR) 66-71-75-70

289 – Henrik Stenson (SWE) 72-75-70-72

294 – Jordan Spieth 71-72-75-76

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