Viktor Hovland much closer to the Ryder Cup

Viktor Hovland made further strides in his Ryder Cup qualification bid with a tied third place finish at the Valspar Championship, four shots back from first-time PGA TOUR winner Sam Burns.

The Norwegian carded his best round of the week on the final day in Florida, with a superb five under front nine 31 helping him to a closing 65, finishing on a 14 under par total for a share of third alongside American Cameron Tringale.

The 23-year-old climbed four places in the Ryder Cup World Points List, moving into the second automatic spot with 201.6 points – a position which will come as no surprise considering the consistent form he has been showing since the turn of the year.

Since the start of the calendar year Hovland has finished inside the top six on five occasions, with his best finishes being tied second at both the Farmers Insurance Open and the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession.

Viktor Hovland, results

Other results include a tied fifth finish at the Genesis Invitational and a tied sixth at the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers on the European Tour.

Add to that two wins on the PGA TOUR in 2020, as well as a tied third finish at the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai and Captain Pádraig Harrington surely has a good  prospect on his hands.

It would also be a history-making Ryder Cup should Hovland feature at Whistling Straits as he would become the first Norwegian golfer to represent Europe at the Ryder Cup.

As it stands Tommy Fleetwood (4,911.26 points), Jon Rahm (4,823.60 points), Tyrrell Hatton (4,726.56 points) and Rory McIlroy (3,885.19 points) fill the automatic qualification places on the European Points List.

Meanwhile, Lee Westwood (218.35 points), Viktor Hovland (201.60 points), Matthew Fitzpatrick (189.96), Victor Perez (187.37 points) and Paul Casey (181.31 points) and Hovland currently occupy the World Points List spots.

Cameron Tringale is the richest golfer ever without ever having won a single race on the PGA Tour.

Tringale, finishing third last weekend at the Valspar Championship in Tampa Florida (won by Keegan Bradley) grossed $ 407,000. A great check that brought his bank account well over $ 13 million (13,860,842 to be exact) in eleven years of honorable career on the PGA Tour. And that adjective is certainly not a stretch. On three occasions Cameron has finished second times (the last time in 2015), this season he has seven top twenty in the last ten games played. In total in 2021 he passed the cut 13 times out of 17 starts.

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