They’ll begin calling Playa del Carmen “Playa del Hovland” if Viktor Hovland retains dominating El Camaleón Golf Membership the best way he did as soon as once more over the weekend. The 2020 World Extensive Know-how Championship at Mayakoba winner efficiently defended his title with a four-shot win over Mexico’s personal Carlos Ortiz.
Hovland, 24, flashed his trademark smile on the best way to his third PGA TOUR title, maybe becoming for one of many solely stops on the PGA TOUR the place monkeying around is par for the course.
1. Hovland goes back-to-back
Mexico is about 5,000 miles from Norway, however Viktor Hovland has discovered a house at Mayakoba. He edged Aaron Sensible by one a 12 months in the past, ending at 20 underneath for his second TOUR title. This time Hovland had much more juice, attending to 23 underneath, 4 away from runner-up Carlos Ortiz.
Hovland’s third-round 62 gave him a two-shot benefit over Talor Gooch headed into the ultimate spherical, which he started with a three-under entrance 9 whereas Gooch went one-over on the identical stretch. Ortiz, Justin Thomas and Scottie Scheffler confirmed some fireworks, however Hovland was by no means fairly examined on the again 9, and he carded a 67 for the win.
In his two Mayakoba wins, Hovland has rounds of 63, 65, 62 and 67 on the weekends.
“I in all probability putted higher all through the entire week this 12 months,” Hovland stated. “I really feel like I nonetheless hit the ball actually, rather well final 12 months, however my brief recreation was nonetheless not as sharp.”
Hovland’s 23-under rating is the bottom at Mayakoba since 2007, when the event took its place on the PGA TOUR schedule. He’s additionally the primary participant to go back-to-back on TOUR since Brooks Koepka efficiently defended his PGA Championship crown in 2019.
The fifth-straight worldwide winner on TOUR this fall, Hovland follows Sungjae Im, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Lucas Herbert.
2. Hometown followers get a present
Mexico has two gamers within the prime 100 on the earth and each gave the house followers causes to roar. Abraham Ancer, world No. 14, shot 68, 68, 68 and 65 to complete T8 at 15 underneath. His 65 was tied for the fifth-lowest rating Sunday and included 4 straight birdies on holes 10-13.
In his final 5 begins at Mayakoba, Ancer has 5 top-25 finishes, together with three top-10s.
Runner-up Carlos Ortiz has been even hotter at El Camaleón. Coming off at T2 in 2019 and T8 in 2020, Ortiz opened the 2021 occasion with rounds of 67, 65 and 67. After a principally pedestrian last spherical, he birdied Nos. 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17 to place some mild stress on the eventual winner.
“I am actually proud,” Ortiz stated. “It was a tricky day. I could not actually discover something on the entrance 9 and I simply stored pushing. The folks, having them out right here, all my pals, I simply discovered a technique to get one thing going. And it is humorous how golf works, however when you hit that first shot that you simply see and the way you need, it simply clicks and I simply discovered that confidence that I wanted to complete robust.”
Ortiz signed for a final-round 66. He’ll take that mojo over the border to this week’s Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open, the location of his first TOUR win a 12 months in the past.
Roberto Diaz, who received on the Korn Ferry Tour on the Chitimacha Louisiana Open final March, completed because the third-highest Mexican at T45.
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