An enterprise worth 18 million dollars. And that makes all of Europe happy in view of the Ryder Cup. The Norwegian Viktor Hovland conquered America by winning the Tour Championship and celebrating his sixth career victory on the PGA Tour, probably the most important since it allowed him to take the FedEx Cup with the accompanying check for 18 million.
It is the second consecutive success because last week he had also made him the BMW Championship. In Atlanta, in the last act of the play-offs of the top American circuit, Hovland imposed himself with a total of -27, detaching the American Xander Schauffele (gold medal at the Tokyo Games) by five strokes, second with -22 ahead of his compatriot Wyndham Clark, third with -16.
Rory McIlroy, the only one to have won the FedEx Cup three times, most recently in 2022, finished 4th with -14. Only sixth for world number 1, Scottie Scheffler, who had arrived at the start in front of everyone with a 10-shot bonus thanks to his first position in the season standings.
At the East Lake GC (par 70) Hovland took off on moving day and, on the last lap, controlled the race to distinguish himself as the fourth player to win the FedEx Cup after also triumphing in the BMW Championship. Before him, only Woods (2007 and 2009), Billy Horschel (2014) and Cantlay (2021) had succeeded.
Hovland, 25, also swept the Memorial Tournament this year. Only Rahm, with four claims, has done better than him. And now the Norwegian joins Henrik Stenson (2013), McIlroy (2016, 2019 and 2022) and Justin Rose (2018) as the fourth European to have triumphed in the FedEx Cup.
Viktor Hovland, results
The new number 4 in the world rankings also makes team Europe smile towards the Ryder Cup which will be played from 29 September to 1 October in Rome and on the course of the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.
McIlroy, Rahm have already qualified for Europe , Hovland and since yesterday also the Englishman Tyrrell Hatton. He attended Oklahoma State University (OSU). He won the U.S. Amateur in 2018 therefore received an invitation for the US Open 2019 and finished joint twelfth.
He became the first player since Matt Kuchar in 1998 to have the lowest amateur score at both the Masters and US Open in the same season.