Hovland kicked in frustration: – Never seen that before

Hovland kicked in frustration: – Never seen that before
Hovland kicked in frustration: – Never seen that before
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PEBBLE BEACH (Discovery):

The Norwegian is now tied for 44th place after a half-played tournament and is three shots under par in total. He has a long way to go for a top spot.

Swede Ludvig Åberg, Belgian Thomas Detry and American world number one Scottie Scheffler share the lead eleven strokes under par. Hovland has four strokes up to a top 10 position.

The Norwegian opened well on Friday with three birdies and a bogey on the first nine. But then it was reversed on the last nine: three bogeys and a birdie.

On the final hole, he missed what appeared to be an easy putt for par, and had to watch himself end the round with a bogey.

On the front nine and more specifically the par 5 sixth hole, Hovland hit an exquisite shot in the middle of the fairway. From there on, however, it did not go the way of the Norwegian, who really got out of his frustration after he noted a square on the scorecard at the end of the hole.

– It looked like he got an outlet for something, because he hit that bag (golf bag) with his legs, which I have not seen before. It doesn’t seem like he’s completely level there, said Discovery’s golf expert, Marius Thorp, from the course at Pebble Beach.

The Norwegian golf star, and reigning FedEx Cup winner, however hit back on the following hole where he scored the third birdie of the round.

See Hovland’s birdie from hole seven here! The case continues below the video!

Hovland hit back immediately after the bogey blister: – His mood needed it

On the back nine it was to be more difficult for the Norwegian, who began the last nine by noting another bogey on hole 10 – again after a brilliant shot from the tee.

– He will not go away with a bogey from the brilliant result. He lands next to the flag, then spins. It’s the bogeys that come when you feel like you’re going to hit your head a bit against the wall throughout the round. It’s boring, Thorp says of Hovland, who finished the round on even par.

Hovland has not been in action in a tournament context since The Sentry at the start of January. There he finished in a shared 22nd place.

– Is it natural that you are somewhat rusty after a tournament break?

– It can happen quickly. It may also soon happen that we see him get better on Saturday and Sunday, and in the next few weeks in Genesis and such. We have seen that before as well. He hasn’t played that many tournaments. Then there are some players who haven’t played since Hawaii who are suddenly doing great now. It goes both ways. But when you don’t quite find the flow, that can be a factor, concludes Thorp.

The format of the tournament works so that each professional player has an amateur on the team for the first two rounds. A team tournament is played there in addition to the pros starting their individual tournament.

Hovland had Chuck Robbins on his team. Robbins is a director of the technology giant Cisco. The two finished in joint 42nd place after falling 15 places on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, only the pros will take to the field to settle for the victory.

The article is in Norwegian

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