(Reuters) – Viktor Hovland of Norway described his week as “flawless” after turning into the primary Scandinavian guy to win the U.S. Newbie Championship on Sunday.
Hovland by no means trailed en path to a complete 6&five win over American Devon Bling within the 36-hole name decider at Pebble Seashore adjoining to the California coast.
“You at all times dream, and I knew that once I’m on my sport I will win, however I wasn’t going into the week with a large number of self assurance,” Hovland mentioned.
The 20-year-old, who performs at Oklahoma State College, entered the championship ranked the quantity 5 beginner on the earth.
Hovland trailed for just one gap in his six suits. He tied the report for fewest fit play holes by way of a champion for the reason that present layout of 5 18-hole rounds and a 36-hole ultimate used to be followed in 1979.
Earlier winners of the U.S. Newbie come with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones.
“Tiger who?” Hovland joked when requested how he felt having his title at the similar trophy as Woods.
Amongst Hovland’s rewards are a travel to subsequent yr’s Masters at Augusta Nationwide and the U.S. Open, to be held at the similar path the place he triumphed on Sunday.
Reporting by way of Andrew Each in Greensboro, North Carolina; Enhancing by way of Peter Rutherford