Viktor Hovland breaks Jack Nicklaus's amateur record at US Open

Viktor Hovland breaks Jack Nicklaus's amateur record at US Open

Norway's young and highly promising golfer Viktor Hovland shocked players and spectators alike at the US Open at Pebble Beach over the weekend, when he ended the prestigious tournament four under par.

Four amateurs made the cut at the U.S. Open.

That victory earned him a spot in the 2019 Masters, where he also took low-amateurs by finishing in a tie for 32.

Hovland is turning pro next week, and if his latest performance was anything to go by, he'll be a force to be reckoned with. Even better? He broke Jack Nicklaus' record for the lowest 72-hole score by an amateur in the tournament's history with his 280 total to better Nicklaus' mark, set in 1960 at Cherry Hills, by two strokes. "This will be his vocation now, his job", said former golf pro Marius Thorp told NRK.

The 21-year-old, who posted 69-73-71 in the opening three rounds, signed off with a four-under-par 67 to be tied for 13th. "Got off to a great start on the first round but wasn't quite able to capitalize on it". That's the best leaderboard finish by an amateur at the U.S. Open since Jim Simons tied for fifth in 1971.

Hovland will make his professional debut next week at the Travelers Championship in CT alongside OSU teammate Matthew Wolff.

Oklahoma State coach Alan Bratton turned to Viktor Hovland on the 18green and said, "You're part of the walls here". He will remain amateur this summer in hopes for a Walker Cup bid in September.

"There was obviously a little bit of talk about it happening, but honestly, I wasn't expecting it, " Wu said. "Starting with that national championship, I could not have thought of a better way to end my Stanford career". "Really happy we got to go out like that. So it's been an awesome few weeks and something I'll remember for a while". Duke senior Chandler Eaton (+5) and Michael Thorbjornsen (+20) rounded out the foursome.

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