Viktor Hovland crosses to repeat the title in Mayakoba | Sports exchange

by | Nov 8, 2021 | Driving Ranges

Norwegian Viktor Hovland scored a 4 under par 67 in the finals of the World Wide Technology Championship in Mayakoba on Sunday and crossed to a four-shot victory on the Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Hovland, who took the lead in the third round on Saturday with a 9-under 62, had three birdies on the top nine on Sunday and was never threatened despite two bogeys on his last seven holes. He ended up at 23-under 261.

“Yes, I felt my game was in good shape this week and I knew this course suited me really well, so I was – I came with some high expectations, but obviously that’s how it should end . ” and win with four strokes, it was a cool week, “said Hovland.” Couldn’t ask for it to be different.

Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz (66) was late, but narrowly missed victory in his home country with 19 under, while Justin Thomas (69) ended up in third place with 18 under. Scottie Scheffler (66) finished fourth with 17 Under, while Matthew Wolff (65) and Chilean Joaquin Niemann (66) finished fifth with 16 Under.

It was Hovland’s second straight win at the event and his third career win since joining the PGA Tour in 2019. He also won the Puerto Rico Open in February 2020.

Hovland landed six birdies on his final 18 holes after hitting nine birdies in the dominant round on Saturday. The win came on a loaner driver from James Hahn, a necessity after Danny Lee borrowed and snatched Hovland’s drivers on the driving range earlier this week.

While the slightly shorter driver cost Hovland distance – up to 10 yards per trip – he made up for the loss of length with better accuracy and opened up to six shots ahead of the second nine on Sunday.

“I had my best year off the tee with what I had before it broke,” said Hovland. “So I don’t see any point in changing this driver, but I could imagine using this setup on certain courses.”

“(Hahn) was really nice to loan me his support so I definitely owe him one,” cracked Hovland. “We can negotiate something for the future.”

Ortiz was even par over 11 holes on Sunday before making his late push. He had four consecutive birdies from holes 12-15, then added another par-4 on the 17th hole. It wasn’t enough, but it earned him a second place.

“When I had them out here, all of my friends, I just figured out a way to get something going,” Ortiz said. “And it’s funny how golf works, but when you hit the first shot that you see and how you want it, it just clicks and I just find the confidence I need to get strong.”

Thomas followed his 7-under 64 on Saturday with a 2-under 69 on Sunday and a top-3 finish. He had two birdies and a bogey on the front nine and did the same on the back, with birdies at 13 and 15 before closing with three pars.

“I’ve met some good putts that I felt like they could have gone in, but they just couldn’t,” said Thomas. “Yeah, I just didn’t do well, didn’t have a good start to really put pressure on Viktor.”

Wolff finished an up-and-down event with 6-under 65 on Sunday. He shot a 10-under 61 to take the lead in the first round but fired a 3-over 74 on Saturday.

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