Jun 28th, 2021
Hovland takes Norway’s first European Tour title
Norwegian holds off charge from Kaymer for two shot win
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The 23-year-old started the day with a three-stroke lead, but Kaymer, the winner of the BMW International Open in 2008, made a final day charge at Golfclub München Eichenried with an eight-under 64 to set the clubhouse target at seventeen-under-par.
Hovland led by two after his third birdie of the day on the 16th, but a dropped shot on the 17th set up a tense finish on the formidable par five 18th hole. However, the Ryder Cup hopeful found the fairway with his tee shot and then the green with a superb three wood, setting up three putts for the victory.
He required just two as he tapped in for birdie and a 19 under par total for his maiden European Tour title, his third worldwide victory since turning professional in 2019.
“That was a long day. Sleeping on the lead you start thinking about winning, but there’s a lot of things that can happen. I didn’t really play very good today, but with nice six-seven holes, it was good enough and I’m happy to be sitting here with the trophy," said Hovland.
“I saw (Martin) was climbing the leaderboard pretty quickly and I saw he was at 16 under for a while. I was at 17 for a while but I knew he had 18 left and was probably going to make a birdie. I couldn’t just make pars in and play simple golf. I still had to get after it and make a couple of birdies. My strategy didn’t change much at all. I still decided to go for it on 16 and still decided to hit it on the green on 18. I knew I had to close this thing out, I couldn’t just roll over."
Spaniard Jorge Campillo carded a one-under-par round to finish third on fifteen-under, while 2014 Ryder Cup player Victor Dubuisson recorded his best European Tour result since November 2017 as he finished fourth.