The second career title on the European Tour (the first in a Rolex Series event), the pass to play the Open Championship and the satisfaction of beating many world champions, starting with number 1, Jon Rahm. Min Woo Lee wins the Scottish Open comeback and takes it all. In North Berwick a birdie on the first play-off hole allows the Australian, brother of art – his sister, Minjee Lee, is one of the strongest interpreters of women’s golf – to overtake the English Matthew Fitzpatrick and the Belgian Thomas Detry, and take the whole stakes. Which comes thanks to a last bogey free lap closed in 64 (-7) – out of a total of 266 (-18) strokes – and supported by 7 birdies, of which 6 consecutive (from hole 3 to 8).
Scottish Open, Min Woo Lee
On the course of The Renaissance Club (par 71), Rahm also gives up. The Spaniard closes 7 / o with 268 (-16) after a still positive tournament.
The best among the Azzurri is Edoardo Molinari, 18 / o with 273 (-11) ahead of Guido Migliozzi, 35 / o with 275 (-9), and Nino Bertasio, 44 / o with 276 (-8). On the other hand, Renato Paratore placed 65 / o with 279 (-5), who preceded Francesco Laporta in the standings, 71 / o with 281 (-3). Francesco Molinari came out at the cut (the second of the competition due to too many competitors left in the race) after the third round.
Everyone in Norway is going crazy for Viktor Hovland. The victory at the BMW International Open transformed an afternoon of his undercover in a Norwegian club into a national and non-national media event. And so, what should have been 18 holes in relaxation with three friends have become 18 holes in relaxation with three friends and three hundred fans on the green.
Power of golf and power of the Internet. The 23-year-old is one of the young rampants of the international circuit, in constant growth and with one foot already in history. The number 14 in the world ranking has two titles on the bulletin board on the PGA Tour (the first Norwegian to impose itself in the USA, in the Puerto Rico Open 2020 and in the Mayakoba Classic 2020). As if that weren’t enough, at the end of June he was the first Norwegian to win a race on the European Tour. The success at the BMW International Open came at the end of June on the Munich Eichenried course: Hovland won with two strokes off Martin Kaymer and four Jorge Campillo.
Returning to his homeland after the success, Viktor had opted for a sabbatical week. No contact with the professional golf world: no interviews, no appearances and no interventions via Zoom. In the Oslo player’s plans, the will to regenerate on a mental level ahead of next week’s Open Championship.
His program includes a lot of golf but in great secrecy, including eighteen holes with three friends at Larvik Golfklubb, a club two hours’ drive from Oslo. The chosen playmates were Andreas Halvorsen (professional on the Latin American tour), Kevin André Wright (pro and former Norwegian champion) and former footballer John Arne Riise.
So far so good. None of the four, however, had calculated Golfbox, the Norwegian gesgolf, the site where tee times are booked. A member of the Larvik Golfklubb, looking for a time to his liking, came across the name “Viktor Hovland h.16.00” and couldn’t believe his eyes. He immediately photographed the page to turn it on a Facebook group. Once socialized, you know, the photo has no limits.
So at 4pm one day last week, three hundred Hovland fans showed up in Larvik to meet him. However, the “leak” did not scare the 23-year-old who, between a selfie and an autograph, played accompanied by his audience.