Hovland Breaks Clear To Take Hero World Challenge Lead

…. Albany, The Bahamas 

Defending champ Vicktor Hovland battled the bright but very windy conditions, breaking clear of the field with a round of 70 for a one shot lead at five-under in the Hero World Challenge here in the Bahamas.

The Norwegian superstar golfer, and with the Australian-born caddy, grabbed a sixth hole eagle ‘3’ along with four birdies, and three in succession from the 13th hole heading to the weekend rounds.

Four payers – Masters champ Scottie Scheffler (68), Xander Schauffele (68), Cameron Young (69) and Collin Morikawa (71) – share second on four-under in the $UD 3m event on the Albany course.

With still rounds to play Hovland is on track to become the first player since the tournament host, Tiger Woods in 2006 and 2007, to successfully defend the trophy.

“I mean, I put myself in the fairway a lot, but it’s kind of strange, like I knew it was windy and I feel like I missed so many putts,” said Hovland.

“And I still don’t feel like I’m hitting it very good, like I’m not comfortable over the ball, but the ball’s going straight and I’m giving myself looks. It just doesn’t feel that great, and I’m missing a lot of putts and somehow we ended up at 2 under today, so yeah, happy with that.”

And given the very windy conditions, Hovland was asked to compare the conditions with playing amateur golf in Oklahoma

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