Viktor Hovland has put a heavy month behind him on the PGA Tour. Potentially four major tournaments in just over 100 days will be part of the golf star’s Olympic charge.
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March was a real downturn for the 23-year-old from Oslo. Where he played sharply the month before and grabbed several top places, it smelled strong in the weeks before Easter.
In three rap tournaments, he was far behind the top tier. Hovland has pointed to a tired head and too much golf in a short time as one of the reasons.
Later this week, he aims to break the trend. Thursday marks the start of this year’s first of four major tournaments: the US Masters at the Augusta track in Georgia.
The other three must all be played before the Olympic golf starts on July 29:
* PGA Championship (May 20-23)
* US Open (17.-20. juni)
* British Open (15-18 July)
Big and cool
Hovland will be able to participate in all if he wishes. In the world rankings, he is ranked number 14.
– There will be many tournaments before the Olympics, so by that time I expect to be in pretty good shape. I travel there (Japan) to play well, says Hovland to NTB.
He looks forward to representing his home country and getting to know the Olympic atmosphere.
– Olympic Games are quite big in Norway. That I get to be a part of it at all will be incredibly cool. It seems that (Kristoffer) Ventura is coming along as well.
Ventura is Norway’s second regular feature on the PGA Tour this season.
Go for it
In 2016, golf made a comeback on the Olympic program after being outside for over 100 years. Justin Rose then secured British gold on the men’s side.
– You have ambitions for the big thing in the Olympics?
– Yes of course. It would have been cool to come home on top, but there will be many good players there. We will only see how it goes, says Hovland about himself in a medal hunt.
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