The big game failed, but Viktor Hovland (22) has secured a good position before the last two rounds of the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour.
While the putts rolled in for Hovland during the fantastic opening round Thursday where he went on minus seven, there was pretty much a “hole out” on the second round. Hovland went on 69 strokes, one under par.
Thus, he is a total of eight strokes under par, and after everyone finishes with round two, he is in a split ninth place, five strokes behind leading Phil Mickelson.
The opening was good though, with a birdie on the other hole. Nordmann also played to many good birdies chances on the next holes, but did not have the necessary margins. When he missed the green on his 12th hole for the first time, the first bogey of the round also came. After the slight setback, Hovland quickly struck back and secured two straight birdies, but became a new bogey on hole eight.
Hear what Hovland had to say after the first round of the video below!
After brilliant games in the two major tournaments The Masters and the US Open last year, where he was the best amateur in both tournaments, Hovland debuted as a professional golfer in the Travelers Championship last year. Then he ended up in a split 54th place.
Hovland has already taken his first victory on the PGA Tour, and had also delivered two solid tournaments that gave split 23rd and 21st place in the first two tournaments after the corona break.
Hovland climbed 19 places after a strong finish
The big highlight of the opening round was hole 13 – a 496 meter long par 5 hole – where, on the nearly 240 meter long stroke, he settled two meters from the stick. Hovland also lowered the eagle-put, and also had seven birdies. There were also two bogeys during the 18 holes, thus a round of seven under par, 63 strokes, for the 22-year-old.
It held a preliminary split second place after the first round, along with worlds Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele, three strokes behind leader Mackenzie Hughes.
So round two, Hovland went one stroke under par, and he is thus eight strokes under par after two rounds. When Hovland had finished the round he was in a divided fourth place, but he dropped some places throughout the day.
Kristoffer Ventura does not participate in the tournament.