Hovland becomes first player to defend Mayakoba crown

By Sports Desk November 07, 2021

Viktor Hovland became the first player to win back-to-back World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba titles after cruising to a four-shot victory.

Hovland dominated in Sunday's final round at El Camaleon Golf Club, the defending champion carding a four-under-par 67 to win his third PGA Tour trophy.

Two strokes clear at the start of play, Hovland holed six birdies and two bogeys to stretch his advantage atop the summit in Playa del Carmen, where the 24-year-old Norwegian star set a new 72-hole scoring record at 23 under.

Hovland became the fifth consecutive international winner on the PGA Tour, after Im Sung-jae (Shriners Children's Open), Rory McIlroy (CJ Cup), Hideki Matsuyama (Zozo Championship) and Lucas Herbert (Bermuda Championship).

"I think I'll have to say so," Hovland replied when asked if it was the best week of his career. "I played really good golf throughout the week, I didn't have my best stuff today but I wish I could putt like I did today more often.

"It's been a blast all week - throughout the week I've been chipping it so good, making so many up-and-downs and it puts a lot of pressure off your long game.

"I hit a couple of bad chips today, it's still a work in progress but I've made big strides and I hope I can continue in that way."

Mexican Carlos Ortiz (66) finished runner-up to Hovland, while former world number one Justin Thomas (69) secured third at 18 under, a stroke better off than Scottie Scheffler (66).

Matthew Wolff (65) – the leader after the opening two rounds – ended the event tied for fifth alongside Joaquin Niemann (66).

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