Viktor Hovland claimed a third win in five starts on Sunday and his first Rolex Series title at the Dubai Desert Classic after defeating Richard Bland in a play-off following a birdie-eagle-birdie finish in regulation. Here is what the Norwegian had in the bag.
WINNING SCORE: 12-under-par, 276.
DRIVER: PING G425 LST with 9˚ loft, fitted with Fujikura Speeder TR 661 TX shaft.
3 WOOD: TaylorMade SIM with 15˚ loft, with Fujikura Ventus Blue 7X shaft.
UTILITY WOOD: Callaway Apex UW with 21˚ loft, with Fujikura Ventus Blue 9X 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 SM8 WedgeWorks (60˚ T Grind), with KBS Tour V 130 X shafts.
PUTTER: PING PLD Prototype.
BALL: Titleist Pro V1.
- Sharing fourth last week in Abu Dhabi after a lacklustre opening performance at the winners' only event in Hawaii, Hovland is now third on the world rankings. One to largely pick and stick in terms of equipment, Hovland has interestingly changed the club between his irons and 3-wood five times for five wins in just a tick over a year. Using at times a 3-iron to match his set, a utility iron, 7-wood and now utility wood, Hovland clearly likes to adjust the club to suit conditions. The Callaway model currently in the bag is a unique blend of a hybrid, fairway wood and utility iron also used by Phil Mickelson among others.
- Hovland has been a loyal user of PING's i210 irons, but at one stage last year made a switch to a combo set of different models from the brand and registering his first European Tour win. Since then, however, the 24-year-old has gone back to his old faithfuls with great success, capturing two PGA Tour events (one unofficial) and one DP World Tour win that is the biggest win of his burgeoning career.
Hovland's driver has been a point of interest in recent times after Danny Lee broke the Ryder Cupper's driver in Mexico last November. Hovland was forced to borrow a driver from a fellow player that week and went on to win, keeping the same shaft model in the bag since. Another driver was broken in transit recently and the former U.S. Amateur winner has had no trouble with yet another replacement.
Hovland's win gives Titleist golf balls a hat-trick of wins from three DP World Tour events played so far in 2022 and a double for the Pro V1 alongside PGA Tour winner Luke List at Torrey Pines.
QUOTE: “"I was fuming after the three-putt on 15 and thought that was it and I knew I just had to try to finish off well and get a nice position for the week. I rolled a really long one on 16 and then on 17 and, hey, we got a shot.” – Viktor Hovland to Sky Sports.