Silly season is right around the corner, and while some folks lump the 20-man Hero World Challenge into the silly category, there are still a bunch of world-class players on the tee sheet. While Tiger Woods sucks up all the headlines early in the week, all eyes should really be on Viktor Hovland. The Norwegian has been on a blistering streak of late, and while he can’t reach No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings, he can still extend his stretch of playing some of the best golf we’ve ever seen.
What Viktor Hovland has achieved during the back half of 2023 is historic. According to Data Golf (who currently have Hovland as the best player in the world), Hovland’s current run would put him as the 16th best player all-time in terms of his peak performance. His stretch from the Open Championship through the DP World Tour Championship has seen him earn an average of 2.44 shots on the field, better than any sustained run of form that Justin Thomas, Sergio Garcia, or Adam Scott have ever put together. If Hovland rattles off a few more elite tournament performances we could be talking about a player whose peak ranks up there with the all-time greats. So far he’s not showing any signs of slowing down.
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