Amateur Hovland breaks Jack's U.S. Open mark

Amateur Hovland breaks Jack's U.S. Open mark

Hovland is the first golfer to earn Low Amateur at the U.S. Open at the same course he won U.S. Amateur since 1902.

Viktor Hovland capped off his amateur career on Sunday with a four-under par 67 to finish his week at Pebble Beach at four under and as the low amateur at the U.S. Open.

That was before Hovland added to his Pebble Beach resume by breaking a record set by Jack Nicklaus. Since 1960, the Golden Bear's 282 at Cherry Hills had stood as the lowest four-round score in the infamously hard U.S. Open's history.

"I didn't know that, that's pretty cool", Hovland said with a big grin Saturday afternoon in his post-round interview. He earned his spots in the championships by winning the U.S. Amateur Championship a year ago - also at Pebble Beach. His 4-under total left him bouncing around the top 10 as the final groups finished the day, and as the low amateur by a long shot.

Hovland is turning pro next week, and if his latest performance was anything to go by, he'll be a force to be reckoned with. "Got off to a great start on the first round but wasn't quite able to capitalize on it". He was the low amateur at Augusta National Golf Club with a 72-hole total of 3-under 285, which was good for a tie for 32nd. No amateur golfer has ever finished the four rounds of 18 holes with fewer strokes in the US Open since it adopted its current format in 1898.

He shot a closing 67 and tied for 12th, nine strokes behind victor Gary Woodland, and five ahead of the second-placed amateur, Brandon Wu. We'll next see Hovland as a professional playing in the Travelers Championship later this month, then the John Deere Classic. Duke senior Chandler Eaton (+5) and Michael Thorbjornsen (+20) rounded out the foursome.

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