NASSAU, Bahamas — Viktor Hovland received the Hero World Problem with extra pleasure than he wanted Sunday, clinching it with a 20-foot bogey putt on the ultimate gap for a 3-under 69 to affix event host Tiger Woods as the one back-to-back winners.
Hovland took a 4-shot lead on the flip when Masters champion Scottie Scheffler made double bogey on the par-5 ninth. Nobody received nearer than 2 pictures the remainder of the way in which.
It simply did not really feel that simple.
Hovland had a 2-shot lead on the 18th when his 6-iron from the slope above a bunker turned exhausting left and into the water. He took a penalty drop and hit a full wedge to about 20 ft for an opportunity to avoid wasting bogey.
Scheffler was within the sandy space proper of the inexperienced, and his chip ran exhausting over the lip and settled 10 ft away, giving him a par putt to power a playoff if Hovland missed.
Hovland holed the bogey putt for one more trophy presentation with Woods. It was far completely different from a yr in the past, when he rallied from 6 pictures behind.
“It is frigging nerve-wracking,” Hovland stated with a smile. “You are by no means that snug. I did not play that nice on the again 9, but it surely was adequate.”
Woods received in 2006 and 2007 when it was held at Sherwood Nation Membership. He needed to withdraw this week with plantar fasciitis in his proper foot, as an alternative watching in his Sunday pink shirt for some drama nobody was anticipating.
Hovland completed at 16-under 272 and received $1 million. The victory is unofficial, however the world rating factors pushed him up three spots to No. 9.
Scheffler wanted to win to return to No. 1 on the planet, not less than for a number of weeks. Rory McIlroy was projected to complete the yr on the prime of the rating whatever the final result.
Beginning 3 pictures behind, Scheffler holed a pitch from 30 yards in need of the inexperienced on the par-5 sixth gap for eagle to succeed in 14-under par and momentarily tie for the lead. Hovland was in bother off the tee, needed to play a blind shot over a 20-foot-high dune after which holed an 18-foot birdie putt to remain one forward.
The following gap was pivotal, the 18th however.
Scheffler’s pitch from the underside of the green on the quick par-4 seventh barely received onto the inexperienced and rolled into the bunker, resulting in bogey. Hovland was on the sting of a bunker and chipped to five ft for birdie and a 2-shot swing, restoring his result in 3.
Scheffler’s double bogey on the ninth, which culminated with a three-putt from about 15 ft, left him 5 pictures behind.
Cameron Younger made a robust bid and received inside 2shots at one level till he took bogey on the sixteenth. Xander Schauffele additionally made an early run till that ended with a bogey on the par-5 sixteenth.
Scheffler ran off three straight birdies by means of the sixteenth gap to get inside 2 pictures, and Hovland gave him a gap on the 18th till he closed it with the massive putt.
“I made it somewhat extra thrilling, I assume,” Hovland stated with a smile.
Scheffler’s objective was to get inside a shot earlier than the 18th. He did not fairly attain that, however he nonetheless had an opportunity.
“I stated earlier within the week that I do not like ending second,” stated Scheffler, a runner-up within the Bahamas for the second straight yr who had his third runner-up end this yr. “It is not a very good feeling proper now. However I am happy with the struggle.”
Scheffler nonetheless heads into the vacations with a breakthrough yr behind him — the Masters amongst his 4 PGA Tour wins, No. 1 on the planet longer than anybody else this yr, the PGA Tour Participant of the 12 months.
Younger had a 68 and completed alone in third, adopted by Schauffele (68) and Justin Thomas, who had 5 birdies in a six-hole stretch on the again 9 to salvage a poor begin and shut with 70 to complete fifth.
“It is solely 20 gamers, but it surely’s the very best 20 gamers on the planet,” Hovland stated. “You have to play your finest to win.”