Norway’s retired golfing queen Suzann Pettersen thinks young Viktor Hovland “can be among the world’s best,” after he won a PGA victory in Mexico over the weekend along with the equivalent of NOK 11 million. It was the 23-year-old Hovland’s biggest win yet, just two years after his debut on the PGA tour.
“There are no limits” to Hovland’s career, Pettersen concluded after watching Hovland’s performance at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico that ended on Sunday.
“He has shown that he has the head to take on the biggest challenges,” said the 39-year-old Pettersen, who ended her own brilliant career with a major victory and is now living back home in Norway. She’s been following Hovland and told newspaper VG on Monday that “every time he’s in a situation where he can win, he’ll build on his own experience. What he’s showing now is absolutely good enough to go straight to the top.”
Hovland, who’s also done well at other major tournaments, jumped in the rankings after his latest achievement, listed now as the 15th-best golfer in the world. That’s rather remarkable for the young man from Oslo who went to the US to study and play golf and wound up going pro last year.
Hovland himself was grinning from ear to ear, commenting at a press conference afterwards that “playing here for the first time as an amateur on the PGA tour, and then winning here later, is very cool.”