Former US Amateur champion Viktor Hovland cemented himself as one of the young players to watch with his first PGA Tour win on Sunday. Here is the equipment the Norwegian used to claim the Puerto Rico Open.
WINNING SCORE: 20 under, 268.
DRIVER: PING G410 LST with 9˚ loft, fitted with Project X HZURDUS Black 6.5 shaft.
3-WOOD: TaylorMade M5 with 15˚ loft, with Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei Blue AV 85 TX shaft.
IRONS: Callaway X Forged UT (21˚) and PING i210 (4-iron to pitching wedge), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI-85 X Hybrid (21) and KBS Tour 120 X (4-PW) shafts.
WEDGES: PING Glide 3.0 (50˚-SS, 56˚-SS and 60˚-TS), with KBS Tour-V 130 X shafts.
PUTTER: PING PLD Prototype “Hovi”.
BALL: Titleist Pro V1.
- The first PGA Tour winner from Norway, Hovland signed an equipment contract with PING immediately after turning professional in 2019. Having used the company’s equipment regularly as an amateur the main change was his putter, Hovland having used a TaylorMade mallet to claim his US Amateur title at Pebble Beach. The PING prototype the 22-year-old now uses, is a similar mallet shape that measures 36 inches in length and has a longer and heavier grip installed.
- Hovland’s game was sharp in all areas this past week, but his work approaching and on the greens were the standouts. The Oklahoma State University product, ranked in the top-10 for Putts per GIR, Scrambling and Greens in Regulation. His i210 irons offering more forgiveness than many of the other popular iron models on Tour.
- Hovland reportedly made adjustments to his driver settings this week in Puerto Rico, including switching the centre of gravity weighting to draw, and alongside Patrick Reed gives PING drivers two PGA Tour wins in one week.
- Hovland used Titleist’s Pro V1 golf ball during his outstanding amateur career and continues to do so in the play for pay ranks, his win the 16th from 21 events for the brand’s golf balls during the 2019/20 PGA Tour season.
QUOTE: “If you would ask me a year ago if I would have won a PGA Tour event in my 17th or 18th start as a 22-year-old, I mean, that would be nuts.” – Viktor Hovland.