Viktor Hovland: The Up-and-Coming Golf Star to Watch at the PGA Championship
As the PGA Championship draws near, golf enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating who will take home the Wanamaker Trophy at Oak Hill Country Club. One of the top contenders this year is 23-year-old Viktor Hovland from Norway.
Hovland turned professional in 2019 after a successful amateur career where he won the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship, becoming the first Norwegian to do so. He quickly made a name for himself on the PGA Tour, winning the Puerto Rico Open in February 2020, and recording several top-10 finishes in other tournaments.
One of Hovland's greatest strengths is his accuracy off the tee. He ranks in the top 20 on the PGA Tour for driving accuracy, hitting nearly 70 percent of fairways this season. He is also a solid iron player, ranking in the top 30 in greens in regulation.
In addition, Hovland's mental game is impressive for a player of his age and experience. He has the ability to stay calm under pressure, which will serve him well in a major championship like the PGA.
However, Hovland's short game has been inconsistent at times, which could be a potential weakness. He is still developing his skills in chipping