On December 29 of last year, Viktor Hovland arrived in Hawaii prior to the start of the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
His clubs didn’t make the trip.
They eventually made it to the Plantation Course, six days later, but there was a casualty. His driver shaft was busted.
A few months prior to his trip to the TOC, Hovland’s driver was snapped by Danny Lee on the range at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba. He was lucky enough to use one of James Hahn’s backups that week — and he went on to win.
So, attention bettors, you might want to put some units on Hovland this week as yet again he’s without his clubs at a PGA Tour event.
Ping is reportedly building him a backup set on property.
🚨Viktor Hovland is in Scotland but his golf clubs and baggage did not arrive after a connection through Frankfurt. He hopes they’ll turn up before tomorrow’s round 1 tee time. (Via @GolfDigest) @TrackingHovland
— NUCLR GOLF (@NUCLRGOLF) July 6, 2022
The Norwegian hasn’t finished inside the top 20 on PGA Tour since the Players Championship (T-9). In two appearances on the DP World Tour earlier this year, Hovland finished tied for fourth at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and won the Dubai Desert Classic.
This will be his first appearance in the Scottish Open. Hovland tees off with Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm at 3:05 a.m. ET for the first round Thursday.