Viktor Hovland continues to play stellar, consistent golf.
A T-16th last week at the Charles Schwab Challenge was his 19th consecutive made cut on the PGA Tour. That’s the second-longest active streak.
Hovland was in contention through about 63 holes at Colonial before dropping back.
The week prior, Hovland posted his best result in a major. He took T-2nd at the PGA Championship and, unlike previous majors he contended in where he slumped on Sunday, Hovland finished strong at Oak Hill and was simply just outplayed by Brooks Koepka.
The former Oklahoma State Cowboy owns six top-10s this season, four of which came in either majors or designated events. Hovland doesn’t have an official win, but he did win the exhibition Hero World Challenge in December.
He’s 15th on the PGA Tour in total strokes gained per round (1.267). He’s fourth in total driving (71) and is a great course fit for a ball striker’s paradise like Muirfield Village.
It might take baby steps until Hovland gets to where he wants to be with his short game, but there have been marked improvements. The 25-year-old is up from 191st (-.651) in SG around-the-green last season to 138th (-.113). That equates to losing roughly two fewer shots per tournament, which can be the difference in a lot of cash and FedEx Cup points.
Hovland is 4-for-4 making the cut on property. He finished solo third at the 2020 Workday Charity Open (69-67-66-71).
Last year, Vik carded 71-73-78-71 en route to T-51st.