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Norway’s Hovland repeats at Mayakoba

- Adam Schupak

Twice is nice for Viktor Hovland at the World Wide Technology Championsh­ip at Mayakoba. The 24- year- old Norwegian native became the first player to successful­ly defend his title in the tournament’s 15year history.

“It feels great to be the first one to do it,” said Hovland, who also became the first player to defend any title on the PGA Tour since Brooks Koepka in 2019 at the PGA Championsh­ip.

Hovland signed for a 4- under- par 67 on Sunday at El Camaleon Golf Club in Riviera Maya, south of Cancun, and coasted to a four- stroke victory over Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz.

“Whenever I get into a flow where I’ve got my numbers dialed in and I’m swinging it good, it’s just kind of point and shoot,” he said.

Hovland, who represente­d Europe at the Ryder Cup in September, did the majority of his damage on the par 5s, making birdies on his first 11 par- 5 holes in the tournament. He took control on Saturday when he birdied half the holes en route to shooting a career- best 62 and grabbed a two- stroke lead.

Hovland sucked any of the drama out of the final round with birdies at the two par- 5s on the front side and drained a 35- foot birdie putt at the ninth, celebratin­g with a fist pump as he stretched his lead to four strokes. He also got up and down three times when he missed the green. Hovland added a 20- foot birdie at the 11th hole and two more at the 14th and 17th to counter bogeys at Nos. 12 and 15.

Hovland finished with a 72hole total of 23- under 261 and notched his third career PGA Tour title and fourth overall, including a win in June at the European Tour’s BMW Internatio­nal Open.

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