Hovland breaks Nicklaus mark with best U.S. Open score by amateur
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[June 17, 2019]
PEBBLE BEACH, CA. (Reuters) -
Viktor Hovland ended his amateur career in style on Sunday by
breaking a U.S. Open record that Jack Nicklaus had held for 59
The Norwegian's four-under-par 280 total at Pebble Beach was two
strokes better than the best previous score by an amateur, set by
Nicklaus at Cherry Hills in Colorado in 1960.
Nicklaus finished second to Arnold Palmer that year, and though
Hovland could not quite match that lofty result on Sunday he was
nonetheless pleased to bow out of amateur ranks on a high note.
"It's obviously cool to perform such a thing and I hope that I can
feed off of this going into my professional career and do more
things like this and be in contention of winning tournaments," said
He shot a closing 67 and tied for 12th, nine strokes behind winner
Gary Woodland, and five ahead of the second-placed amateur, Brandon
Hovland became the eighth player to be the low amateur in the
Masters and U.S. Open in the same year, and the first since Matt
Kuchar in 1998.
Others to achieve the feat include Nicklaus in 1961 and Phil
Mickelson in 1991.
Hovland won last year's U.S. amateur championship at Pebble Beach.
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Viktor Hovland with the low amateur medal after the final round of
the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
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After a three-year stint on a golf scholarship at Oklahoma State
University, he will make his pro debut at the PGA Tour's Travelers
Championship in Connecticut starting on Thursday.
"I've had the three best years of my life at Oklahoma State and I've
learned so much not only as a player but as a person," said the
(Reporting by Steve Keating; Writing by Andrew Both in Cary, North
Carolina; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)
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