Viktor Hovland earns U.S. Open low amateur status

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Oklahoma State’s Viktor Hovland fired a closing round of 67 on Sunday at the U.S. Open Championship to earn low amateur status at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Hovland finished tied for 12th place overall at 4-under 280. In addition to his 4-under closing round, he carded rounds of 69, 73 and 71 to post the lowest 72-hole score by an amateur in U.S. Open history. The previous best total of 282 was set by Jack Nicklaus in 1960.

Additionally, the Oslo, Norway native became the first player to earn low amateur status at The Masters and the U.S. Open since Matt Kuchar did so in 1998.

Hovland earned his way into both major championships via his U.S. Amateur Championship victory last summer at Pebble Beach.

He tied for 32nd place at Augusta National this past spring after carding a 3-under 285 total.

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With Hovland’s scoring record at Pebble Beach, the Cowboys now own the amateur scoring records at the U.S. Open and the Open Championship. Jordan Niebrugge tied for sixth at St. Andrews in 2015 at 11-under 277 to set the Open scoring mark.


 

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