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Monday, December 5, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Hero World Challenge

Winner: Viktor Hovland

Around the wider world of golf: Adrian Meronk won the men's division, Ashleigh Buhai won the women's division and Kipp Popert won the all abilities division at the ISPS Handa Australian Open on the DP World Tour/Australasian Tour; Thriston Lawrence won the Investec South African Open Championship, also on the DP World Tour; Sarit Suwannarut won the Indonesian Masters on the Asian Tour; and Zack Fischer won the 116 VISA Argentina Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

Viktor Hovland with Hero Tiger trophy

I said I was going to pad my Twofer Tuesday picks this week... and I did! I had Justin Thomas (5) and Jon Rahm (T8). Makes my 2022 record look a bit better, anyway.

  • Top10s: 36 for 115 (22 Top5, 14Top10)
  • Winners: 5 for 58
  • Top20s: 52 for 115

There's only 20 players in the field, but 15 of them were in the OWGR's Top20 so you hardly call it a 'weak field'. And the weather played havoc with the course, hitting the field with as much as 35mph winds and lots of mud balls.

And somehow, in the midst of all that, Viktor Hovland managed to become only the second player — after Tiger himself — to win the Hero World Challenge in back-to-back years.

To do it, he ended up making an unbelievable 20-foot bogey putt on the 18th to get up and down from the water and put an end to Scottie Scheffler's dreams of regaining the World #1 position. (For this week, anyway.)

Maybe it's not official money. Maybe it's not an official win. But it's an official move up the ranks to OWGR #9 for Viktor, who seems to just get better and better with each passing year. Next stop: Majorville!

And now he's picked up another Limerick Summary. What a way to spice up your Christmas season! Congratulations and Merry Christmas, Viktor!

Like Tiger, Vik’s gone back-to-back
And it looks like his game’s back on track.
Maybe next year we’ll see
Hero win number three
And he’ll give winning majors a crack.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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