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PING signs Viktor Hovland, former world #1 amateur
Viktor Hovland spiller med Ping
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PHOENIX (June 19, 2019) – Viktor Hovland, the most recent world #1 amateur, has
signed an equipment contract with PING, the company announced today. Hovland,
who tied for 12th at last week’s U.S. Open in setting the record for the lowest
72-hole score (280) by an amateur in the event’s history, is making his debut as
a PING staff pro at this week’s Travelers Championship.
While a decorated player for the Oklahoma State University Cowboys, where he was
a three-time All-American, Hovland won the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach,
earning him an invitation to this year’s Masters and U.S. Open. He took full
advantage of his Masters appearance, winning low-amateur honors, after which he
rose to world #1 amateur. By finishing low amateur at the U.S. Open, he became
the first player in more than 20 years to hold the distinction of being low
amateur in both events in the same year.
Hovland’s collegiate career culminated with the 2019 Ben Hogan Award, given
annually to the top men’s college player while taking into account all amateur
competition in the past 12 months. He won three collegiate events and finished
with a 68.59 scoring average during his final year at Oklahoma State. He was a
member of the school’s 2018 NCAA Championship winning team.
The 21-year-old is from Oslo, Norway, a fact that brings great joy to the
Solheim family, the owners of PING whose roots are traced to Bergen, Norway, the
birthplace of PING founder Karsten Solheim. Hovland’s resumé includes a win at
the 2014 Norwegian amateur championships, and he’s been building his credentials
“Viktor’s connection to Norway makes the relationship even more special. The
country has been fully behind him since he burst onto the scene as a young
junior, and he’s continued to impress on so many levels,” said John K. Solheim,
PING President and Karsten’s grandson. “He’s polite, humble and always smiling.
His talent is unbelievable and he’s already amassed a great career. His
performance at Pebble Beach last week was a spectacular way to end his amateur
career. We’re excited to watch his professional journey unfold. I know my
grandfather would be honored to have a Norwegian golfer of Viktor’s character
and talent representing PING.”
“Joining the PING staff is really exciting for me as I’ve always had tremendous
respect for the company and what it represents,” said Hovland. “The technology
behind the equipment and the service they provide allows me to focus on getting
better and not worrying about my equipment. The Norwegian connection is also
really cool. Karsten Solheim and his family have done so much for the game of
golf. Their support of Oklahoma State’s team and their role in developing
Karsten Creek are just a couple of examples of the wonderful things they do for
golf. I’m honored to be part of their golfing family and look forward to working
with them as I begin my professional career.”
Hovland’s relationship with PING began three years ago at Karsten Creek Golf
Club, Oklahoma State’s home course named in honor of Karsten Solheim, whose
family was a major contributor to the development of the facility in 1994.
Oklahoma State is part of PING’s College Golf Program, which has been supporting
schools around the country since the mid-1970s.
“We’ve been impressed with Viktor since we first met him when he was a freshman
at Oklahoma State,” said Chance Cozby, PING’s Vice President of Sports
Development. “During his time in Stillwater, he played PING equipment at various
times and we continued to keep in touch with him through our regular visits to
the school. When it became clear he was going to turn professional this summer,
we identified him as someone who would be a perfect fit for our staff. We had a
very productive testing session with him at Karsten Creek this spring, which
ultimately led to where we stand today. We are extremely pleased Viktor is
joining the PING staff.”
At the U.S. Open, Hovland switched to PING’s new G410 LST driver and saw
tremendous results – leading the field in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee by nearly
two full shots.
“The G410 LST driver is a great fit for my game,” Hovland added. “I don’t
usually make significant changes to my equipment before such a big tournament,
but after testing it during the week with the PING tour reps, it was clear the
G410 LST driver was the best choice for me. It looks really good and I know I’m
going to hit the center of the face. It flies in the window I like and the spin
is right for my game. I can swing with confidence off the tee knowing the
results will be long and straight.”
As part of a multi-year agreement, Hovland will play a minimum of 11 PING clubs,
including a driver and putter. His headwear will display PING and he’ll carry a
PING Tour staff bag.
Financial terms and the length of the agreement were not disclosed.
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