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Viktor Hovland tells Xander Schauffele ‘maintain my beer’ at Tour Championship


ATLANTA — Viktor Hovland captured his first Tour Championship Sunday, as soon as once more placing on a clinic. He shot a last spherical 63 to complete at 27-under par for the win.

Hovland got here into the day with a six-shot lead over Xander Schauffele, however that wouldn’t final all day. Schauffele nonetheless had some hearth in him, going 7-under via 12 holes. He would end the day with a 62, his greatest spherical at East Lake.

The 2017 Tour Championship winner saved it shut, chopping the deficit to a few on the again 9. It might have been two, however that’s when the Norwegian instructed him to carry my beer.

He sank a close to 30-foot putt with tons of break to save lots of par on the par-4 14th, his longest putt of the week.

Then on 16, he basically ended the event. Hovland as soon as once more drained a prolonged putt, this time for birdie, stretching his lead again out for good.

“[I’m} just handling adversity a lot better because I believe in my game. If I hit one bad shot or make one mistake it’s not the end of the world. I keep pressing on, I keep making birdies, and suddenly we’re back in it again,” Hovland said after his round.

The former Oklahoma State Cowboy posted his second bogey-free round of the week. He made just two bogeys the entire tournament, the fewest in the field.

Hovland brought a complete game to East Lake and won his second straight playoff event.

The six-time PGA Tour winner played flawlessly, despite Schauffele’s best efforts to create some drama.

In what was a two-man show all day, The pair went out in a combined 61 strokes, setting a Tour Championship record for the fewest in a final pairing.

Hovi, as he is sometimes known, took the challenge head-on, and didn’t crack. The BMW Championship winner held firm to make a birdie on the final hole, putting a bow on his dominating performance.

Savannah Leigh Richardson is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. You can follow her on Twitter @SportsGirlSL and Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports for more golf coverage. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough too.


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