Viktor Hovland was born on September 18, 1997, in Oslo, Norway. He began playing golf when he was 11 years old, his dad taught him how to play and gave him his first clubs.
Viktor Hovland attended and played college golf at Oklahoma State University, where he won the Ben Hogan Award in 2019, the other sports he was interested in growing up were football and taekwondo.
Hovland’s amateur career started in 2014 when we won the Norwegian Amateur Golf Championship, four years after Viktor Hovland was the first Norwegian who claimed the U.S. Amateur and played in the Emirates Australian Open.
Definitely, 2018 was a good year for him because he earned the invitation to play in the 2019 Masters Tournament. Hovland was the low amateur in the 2019 Masters Tournament, finishing three-under-par in a tie for 32nd, With this achievement he became No 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Hovland’s professional golf career started in 2019 in the U.S. Open. He made his debut in the Travelers Championship in June 2019, and by doing so he got an automatic entry to the U.S. Open, In August he finished tied for second in the Albertsons Boise Open, part of the Korn Ferry Tour finals.
In February 2020, Viktor Hovland became the first Norwegian to win a PGA Tour when he won the Puerto Rico Open. In 2021 Hovland became the first Norwegian to win on the European Tour when he won the BMW International Open, in September Hovland played on the European Team for the 2021 Ryder Cup, and in November he defended his title at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, just a month after he won the Hero World Challenge finishing at 18 under par, one shot ahead Scottie Scheffler.
Viktor Hovland started 2022 with a top-5 finish at the DP World Tour Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, he also won the Dubai Desert Classic, which put him into No. 3 in the Official World Ranking. In December 2022, Hovland successfully defended his title at the Hero World Challenge at Albany matching Tiger Woods as the only player with back-to-back wins in the event.
Hovland participated in The Masters and the PGA Championship in 2023 but was unable to find his first major victory. He tied for 7th place at Augusta and shot a 74 in the final round. At the PGA Championship in Oak Hill, he finished with a 68 but came in 2 strokes behind Brooks Koepka.
In June, Hovland won the 2023 Memorial Tournament by beating Denny McCarthy in a tense playoff. Hovland’s performance was remarkable because he was the only player to birdie the 17th hole that day. Importantly, it was his birdie on the 17th hole that led to the playoff.
Hovland won the 2023 BMW Championship in August after shooting a course record 61 in the final round. His scorecard for the final round featured twelve threes. Hovland earned 2,000 FedEx Cup points for the win in the second leg of the PGA Tour’s playoffs.