Viktor Hovland (NOR) has been crowned FedExCup champion for the 2022-2023 season after winning the Tour Championship, the season finale on the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) Tour.Hovland shot a 7-under 63 with seven birdies and no bogeys in the final four rounds of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club (par 70, 7,346 yards) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on Sunday (Aug. 28).With a final-round total of 27-under-par 261, Hovlan won by five strokes over runner-up Xander Schauffele (USA) to claim the $18 million bonus awarded to the season’s FedExCup Playoff champion.The Tour Championship is the season finale for the 30 players on the FedExCup points list based on season performance, and the winner is crowned the season’s FedExCup Champion.To ensure that the Tour Championship winner and FedExCup Champion are aligned, a “bonus stroke” will be applied to the standings leading up to the BMW Championship, meaning players will start the tournament with a different number of strokes. The No. 1 player in the FedExCup standings will start the first round at 10-under par, while the No. 2 player will start at 8-under par.Hovlan, who finished second in the FedExCup heading into the BMW Championship, started the tournament at 8-under-par, dropping 19 strokes over the four days. After sharing the lead after rounds one and two, he cut four strokes in round three to take a six-stroke lead over second-place Shofley, which he held on the final day.Hovland, who was born in September 1997 and turns 26 next month, made his PGA Tour debut in the 2019-2020 season and won his first playoff title in his fourth year.Hovland, who became the first Norwegian to win a PGA Tour event at the 2020 Puerto Rico Open, also became the first Norwegian to win the PGA Tour’s FedExCup.It was Hovland’s second straight week atop the PGA Tour Order of Merit following last week’s second-round playoff at the BMW Championship, giving him six career victories. With three victories this year, including the Memorial Tournament in June, he improved his world ranking to No. 4, up one spot from last week.In the final round, which was delayed by about an hour and 50 minutes due to inclement weather, Hovlan dropped a birdie putt from nearly five meters on the par-4 first hole before continuing his momentum with consecutive birdies on Nos. 4-6. Playing alongside him, Shofley made five birdies on the front nine to move to five under.While Hovlan was unable to cut the deficit in the second half, Shofley birdied the 11th and 12th to close the gap to three strokes.Hovlan was left with a par putt of more than seven meters on the 14th (par-4), but Schauffley sank it first and then pumped his fist for par under pressure.On the next hole (par-3), Shofley had a birdie opportunity of about 4.5 meters, shorter than Hovland’s, but his putt was short and the momentum shifted in Hovland’s 카지노사이트 favor.

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