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Viktor Hovland | Mayakoba Classic

By: The Associated Press

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Viktor Hovland of Norway holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Sunday for a 6-under 65 and a one-shot victory in the Mayakoba Golf Classic, his second PGA Tour victory this year.

It was the first time since the Mayakoba Classic began in 2007 that it was won with a birdie putt on the final hole. For the 23-year-old Hovland, it’s old hat. He made a 30-foot birdie putt on the last hole to win the Puerto Rico Open in February.

Aaron Wise closed with a 63 and did everything right over the last two holes except make the birdie putts. Tied for the lead, he missed birdie putts from 12 feet on each of the last two holes at El Camaleon Golf Club.

Hovland had four birdies in the opening six holes and built a two-shot lead going into the back nine on a course softened by rain that caused a two-hour delay in the morning.

But he made bogey on the 12th hole, and that seemed to create chances for a half-dozen players separated by one shot along the back nine.

Hovland responded with birdies on the next two holes, and he appeared to be in control with a tee shot to 4 feet on the par-3 15th. But he hit a tentative putt to remain tied with Wise, and Hovland thought he was in big trouble when his long iron on the 515-yard 16th hole sailed hard to the right toward the mangrove trees.

It came down in the waste area a few feet from the hazard, and he hit a splendid sand shot to 4 feet to save par.

But he made bogey on the 12th hole, and that seemed to create chances for a half-dozen players separated by one shot along the back nine.

Hovland responded with birdies on the next two holes, and he appeared to be in control with a tee shot to 4 feet on the par-3 15th. But he hit a tentative putt to remain tied with Wise, and Hovland thought he was in big trouble when his long iron on the 515-yard 16th hole sailed hard to the right toward the mangrove trees.

It came down in the waste area a few feet from the hazard, and he hit a splendid sand shot to 4 feet to save par.

Check out “Watts” in Viktor’s bag below.

Driver: Ping G425 LST (9 degrees) – Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke RDX Black 6.5

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 degrees @ 14.5) – Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Blue AV Raw 85 TX

Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (21 degrees), Ping i210 (4-PW) – Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-85 X Hybrid (21), KBS Tour 120 X (4-PW)

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 (50-SS, 56-SS @55) Vokey WedgeWorks (60T) – Shafts: KBS Tour-V 130 X

Putter: Ping PLD Prototype “Hovi”

Ball: Titleist Pro V1