Viktor Hovland (23) has a long way to go to the top after the first round of the CJ Cup on the PGA Tour.
The 23-year-old got a bogey already on the second hole, but came back quickly with a birdie on hole 5.
Then the adversity continued for the Norwegian with bogey on holes 5, 9, 12, 13 and 15. With three holes left, he was therefore five strokes over par.
Hovland, who is number 29 in the world rankings, made good use of the final holes. First with a birdie on the 16th hole, before finishing with the third birdie of the round on the 18th and final hole.
Thus, the 23-year-old finished three strokes over par, it holds a shared 55th place after the first of four rounds.
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Ten strokes ahead of Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton has had the best start in the tournament. He’s seven strokes below par.
Behind him, Russell Henley and Xander Schauffele follow six strokes under par, while Tyler Duncan and Jon Rahm are five strokes under par after the first day of the tournament.
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The CJ Cup is a tournament on the PGA Tour that has previously been held in South Korea. This year, the tournament is being held at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.
There is no cut in the tournament, so Hovland will have to complete the tournament’s four rounds anyway. Only the top 60 from last year’s FedEx Cup, as well as players who have qualified through the Asia tour or the South Korean championship will be allowed to participate in the tournament.
The winner walks away with a prize money of just over 16 million kroner, while for second place they walk away with just under ten million kroner.
Hovland has not played on the PGA Tour since 13th place in the US Open a short month ago.
Kristoffer Ventura, who does not play this weekend’s tournament, has had a very good start to this year’s season. In four tournaments, he has delivered his two best places on the PGA Tour with a 6th place finish in the Sanderson Farms Championship and a 7th place finish in the Safeway Open. Last weekend, he missed the cut in the tournament in Las Vegas.
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