Viktor Hovland was the beneficiary of Collin Morikawa's Sunday struggles in the Bahamas. Here is what the Hero World Challenge winner had in the bag at Tiger Woods' event.
WINNING SCORE: 18-under-par, 270.
DRIVER: PING G425 LST with 9˚ loft, fitted with Fujikura Speeder TR 661 TX shaft.
3 WOOD: TaylorMade SIM with 15˚ loft, with Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei Blue AV Raw 85 TX shaft.
7 WOOD: PING G425 Max with 20.5˚ loft, with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8X shaft.
IRONS: PING i210 (4-iron to pitching wedge), with KBS Tour V 120 X (4-PW) shafts.
WEDGES: PING Glide Forged Pro (50˚-SS & 56˚-SS) and Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks SM8 (60˚), with KBS Tour V 130 X shafts.
PUTTER: PING PLD Prototype.
BALL: Titleist Pro V1.
- Hovland’s win is not an official PGA Tour title, but given the strength of the field and chasing down Collin Morikawa, it will feel like one to the Norwegian. After having his driver broken in Mexico recently by Danny Lee, and needing to borrow one from another PING player, Hovland has kept the new shaft model in the bag rather than returning to what he played before. Whether it is the same driver head that was borrowed or a new driver made by PING has yet to be clarified.
- After being a pick-and-stick player when it comes to equipment for the early part of his professional career, Hovland has made a number of changes this year. Having switched to a newer model iron set for his win on the European Tour in 2021, Hovland returned to his i210 irons. Usually a player who carries a 3-iron or utility model fitted with a graphite shaft, the 24-year-old had a 7-wood in play for this week at Albany Golf Club.
Listed on the PGA Tour schedule but not carrying FedExCup points or exemptions, yet giving out world ranking points, the Hero World Challenge triumph by Hovland gives Titleist golf balls six wins from 10 events on the circuit’s new season.
QUOTE: “It's crazy to think that I'm still just playing the PGA Tour is pretty incredible just from thinking back to where I grew up and playing golf in Norway, you're playing golf six months out of the year and it's pretty farfetched to even just play golf professionally coming from Norway. So for me to be here and winning tournaments is pretty unreal.” – Viktor Hovland.