Viktor Hovland is one of the world's most exciting young golfers, having already enjoyed success on both the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour.
The Norwegian has finished in the top 20 at all four Majors in 2023 and will make his second Ryder Cup appearance for Europe.
|Date of Birth
|18th September 1997
PGA Tour wins
DP World Tour wins
Viktor Hovland was born in Oslo, the capital of Norway. He now lives in Oklahoma, USA.
Hovland attended Oklahoma State University and won the US Amateur in 2018, earning him a place in the field at the Masters and US Open the following year.
Hovland turned professional after playing in the US Open in June 2019 and made his debut as a pro at the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour later that month.
Just eight months after turning professional, Hovland claimed his first PGA Tour title, winning the Puerto Rico Open by one shot from Josh Teater.
At the end of 2020 he birdied the final hole of the Mayakoba Golf Classic to earn another one-shot success and he successfully defended his Mayakoba title in 2021.
His most recent PGA Tour triumphs came in back-to-back weeks of the FedEx Cup play-offs, winning the BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship.
Hovland has won twice on the DP World Tour, breaking his duck in the 2021 BMW International Open in Germany before a play-off victory over Richard Bland in the 2022 Dubai Desert Classic.
While still an amateur, Hovland impressed in his first two Major tournament appearances, finishing tied 32nd at the Masters in 2019 and tied 12th in the US Open later that year.
He shared the lead with Rory McIlroy after three rounds of the Open at St Andrews in 2022, but slid down the leaderboard to finish in a tie for fourth place on the Sunday.
A top-10 finish at the Masters in 2023 was followed by another strong Major performance at the PGA Championship where Hovland ended up second, two shots behind champion Brooks Koepka.
As of September 2023, Hovland's career earnings are around $44.6m or £36.7m.
Australian caddie Shay Knight has worked with Hovland throughout his professional career, having previously been a bagman for Martin Laird, Matt Jones and Chez Reavie.
Hovland has used Ping Golf clubs since signing with the Phoenix-based company after college.
Hovland made his Ryder Cup debut for Europe in 2021, becoming the first Norwegian to appear in the event.
He earned one point from his five matches, thanks to a tie in one of his fourballs outings, playing alongside Tommy Fleetwood, and another tie in his singles match against Collin Morikawa.
Hovland will appear at the Ryder Cup as part of Team Europe on 29th September-1st October.