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Aug 21st, 2023

Viktor Hovland Claims BMW Championship with Course Record

Hovland birdies seven of his final nine holes

The Norwegian began the day three shots behind Scheffler and England's Fitzpatrick, however Hovland went on to set the Olympia Fields Country Club course record with a 9-under 61 which included 10 birdies, the most of his PGA Tour career, to win the BMW Championship outright and claim the $3.6m (£2.8m) winners share of the prize pot.

The chasing pack consisted of Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng) -15 , Scottie Scheffler (US) -15; Rory McIlroy (NI) -12; Brian Harman (US) -11 and Max Homa (US) -11.

speaking with Sky Sports, he said; "It has to be my number one [round of his career]."
"I remember playing a pretty special round of golf in my first year on tour - I shot seven under at Torrey Pines when it was hailing and windy and raining and that's probably the best I've ever struck it throughout a round.
"But to shoot 61 and shoot 28 on the back nine at this golf course and under the circumstances, I have nothing that beats that."

With Hovland's fine form resulting in his recent inclusion into Europe's Ryder Cup team, it was also recently announced that there had been six automatic qualifiers for the U.S. Ryder Cup Team; Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark, Brian Harman, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa and Xander Schauffele.

FedExCup Playoffs
The top-30 players in the FedExCup standings after the BMW Championship advance to the Tour Championship. One player moved into the top 30: Matt Fitzpatrick with one player falling out of the top 30: Chris Kirk. Five players will make their debut at the Tour Championship next week: Wyndham Clark (9th), Tom Kim (16th), Taylor Moore (21st), Nick Taylor (22nd), Adam Schenk (23rd).
Top 30 players in the FedExCup and FedExCup Starting Strokes at the Tour Championship

TAGS: PGA Tour, BMW Championship, Viktor Hovland, 2023