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Despite water ball on final hole, Viktor Hovland defends title at 2022 Hero World Challenge


Viktor Hovland went back-to-back in the Bahamas.

The 25-year-old from Norway successfully defended his Hero World Challenge title on Sunday, shooting a final-round 3-under 69 to hold off Scottie Scheffler for the second consecutive year. Hovland finished at 16 under, two shots ahead of Scheffler, who signed for a 4-under 68 at Albany.

The unofficial event is hosted by 15-time major champion Tiger Woods and benefits his TGR Foundation. Woods was forced to withdraw from the event earlier this week due to plantar fasciitis.

After winning early in the year at the DP World Tour’s Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic in January, Hovland had a relatively ho-hum last season on the PGA Tour. The former star at Oklahoma State earned four top-10 finishes and ultimately finished T-15 at the Tour Championship. So far this season, Hovland has a T-5 at the Zozo Championship.



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