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Aug 29th, 2023

Back-to-Back for Viktor Hovland in the FedEx Cup

Norwegian claims $18 million winners prize purse

Norway's Viktor Hovland hit a bogey-free seven-under 63 to win the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup title in Atlanta, claiming an individual prize purse of $18 million, and keeping his hot-streak ablaze leading into this year's Ryder Cup in Rome.  

Hovland had a six shot lead going into Sunday's final round but was put under pressure by Xander Schauffele, who shot a 62 and closed to within three strokes with six holes to play.
However, it wasn't to be for the American as Hovland continued his hot-streak and birdied the final three holes to win by five strokes on 27 under and collect the bumper individual prize purse of $18m.
"It's pretty surreal to be standing here right now," he said.
"The gameplan before starting was middle of the green, make a lot of pars and make Xander get after it, which he did early so I had to change my gameplan a little bit."

Play was halted for nearly two hours due to storms. Hovland's first shot after the restart was to hole a 15-footer to save par, as Schauffele two-putted from the fringe and then closed the gap to five when he made an eight-foot birdie at the third.
Schauffele sunk a 15 foot putt to match Hovland's birdie at the fourth but was unable to add another at the next, where his Norwegian playing partner restored his six-shot cushion, with both then getting up and down from the sand to take advantage of the par-five sixth.

Schauffele had moved to within three at the 12th after a seventh birdie of the day, while Hovland only retained his cushion when he responded to a poor chip from just off the green by making a 25-footer to save par at the 14th.
Hovland reclaimed control of the tournament with back-to-back birdies from the 16th to take a five-shot lead to the 18th, where he splashed out of the sand to eight-feet and matched Schauffele's birdie to close out victory in style.

In his first Tour Championship start, Wyndham Clark finished solo-third, the best performance among the five first-time participants in the field and the best finish of a player making their Tour Championship debut since Schauffele won in 2017.

With a fourth-place finish, three-time FedExCup Champion Rory McIlroy earned his 10th consecutive top10 finish on Tour, the longest streak of his career.

TAGS: FedEx Cup, PGA Tour, Tour Championship, Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele, 2023