Last week he went on a complete tear with seven birdies on the last nine holes for a “jaw-dropping back-nine 28 to claim the biggest title of his PGA Tour career thus far.” Did anyone see Viktor Hovland’s unbelievable BMW Championship victory? He shot a 61, setting a course record, and overcoming Scottie Scheffler (#13 FCIR) and Matt Fitzpatrick (#13) to win the title.
We’ve told you about Hovland before. The smiley, colorful shirt-wearing 25-year old is a #9 FCAR, truly unique among a sport now largely dominated by #13 FCIRs. “That has to be the best round I’ve ever played,” Hovland said. “Given the circumstances — a playoff event, this golf course — the way I played the last holes was pretty special.”
Past #9s on the tour have been David Duval, Sergio Garcia, and women’s Michelle Wie. To be sure, while #9s most often prefer more athletic sports (basketball, gymnastics, acrobatics, etc), they can be very talented golfers. As CAs, however, they essentially struggle with the mental and emotional aspects of the game. The FCAR is not one to give deep concentration to slow moving activities (the exact opposite of #8 BEIL Jack Nicklaus). Hovland would also do well to remember to maintain a smooth, rhythmic swing, especially when the pressure hits. The #9, with their boundless energy, can tend to swing too quickly. To summarize, control of the mind and the body are crucial for FCARs to succeed in golf.
Congratulations, Viktor! Couldn’t have come to a nicer guy!
Written by: Staff
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