Nov 8th, 2021
Hovland defends his crown in Mexico
Norwegian claims third PGA Tour title at the Mayakoba Championship
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Hovland began the day with a two-shot lead over American Talor Gooch and never really looked in trouble as he held off a late charge by Carlos Ortiz of Mexico, who birdied five of the last seven holes to card a final-round five-under 66.
Ortiz finished alone in second four shots behind Hovland and a shot clear of Justin Thomas. The 2021 Players Championship winner finished on eighteen-under-par with Scottie Scheffler a further shot back in fourth.
"I played pretty good golf throughout the week," Hovland said.
"I've been chipping it so good, making so many up and downs, it takes a lot of pressure off your long game."
Talor Gooch had a final round to forget as he closed with a double bogey on the last to card a final round three-over-par 74, which saw him plummet down the leaderboard to a share of eleventh place.
It was Hovland's second title of the year, having won the BMW International Open in Munich on the European Tour back in June and it moved him up to tenth in the world golf rankings.
"I've made some big strides and I hope I can keep it going that way," said the man from Oslo.