Jun 27th, 2021
Hovland set to make history in Munich
Star looking to be the first Norwegian winner on European Tour
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The World Number 14 signed for a 68 on day one despite finding the water three times and since then he has not looked back, adding a 67 on Saturday to today’s bogey-free effort to get to 17 under par at Golfclub München Eichenried.
“Growing up I mainly watched the European Tour every Saturday and Sunday morning. That was my routine," said Hovland.
"We’ve had some runner up finishes in the past, but it would be really cool for Norway to get our first (European Tour) win."
Spaniard Jorge Campillo is his closest challenger at 14 under par after a five-under-par round of 67, one shot clear of South African Darren Fichardt and three ahead of Irishman Niall Kearney and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger.
“I played really well on the back nine, hit some great shots. On the front nine I gave myself some birdie chances but I missed a few short putts, said Campillo.
"Yesterday I didn’t play very well and I putted good, today I think I played great and I didn’t putt well. Hopefully tomorrow I can do both at the same time."
Hovland already has two wins on the PGA TOUR and is currently 12th on the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex, having finished second at the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession and sixth at the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers.
That form on both sides of the Atlantic makes him a strong favourite to become the first Norwegian to play in the Ryder Cup in September - but he will be looking to enter the history books before that in Bavaria.
Sweden's Vincent Norrman had a day to remember as he made his professional debut on the European Tour, holing a three wood from 270 yards on the par four 16th for a hole-in-one albatross.
It was the 23rd ace of the season and second on a par four after South Korean Kyongjun Moon at the Kenya Savannah Classic supported by Absa.