WATCH: Viktor Hovland drains hole-in-one, fourth ace of career, at 2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational
Victor Hovland sent the crowd at the 2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational into a frenzy with a par-3 ace on the 7th during Friday’s second-round bout. Starting his day with six straight pairs, the Norwegian catapulted his name into the top 20 with his spectacular one-punch shot.
Hovland’s tee shot from 183 yards had just breached a green bunker protecting the front of the ball court. After getting a big first bounce, Hovland’s ball hit the bottom of the cup, becoming his fourth career ace on the PGA Tour and third in less than a year; he has recorded aces in both the 2022 BMW Championship and the 2022 Players Championship.
🚨 ACE WARNING 🚨
Viktor Hovland hit his fourth career ace @APInv 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Oa2Fr1eIyH
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 3, 2023
Hovland was 3 short and six strokes behind club leader Kurt Kitayama at the time of the ace. World No. 11 started his week in a similar fashion on Thursday when he knocked the Eagle out of a semi-ruff on his first hole of the tournament. He was treading water, but perhaps this hole will immediately give impetus to promotion to the top of the leaderboard.
This is one way to start your day! 🦅
Viktor Hovland with a knocked out eagle opens the round. pic.twitter.com/OWIXKZmy01
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 2, 2023
A season ago, Hovland was a memorably runner-up in this tournament behind Scotty Scheffler. With the late-tournament lead, Hovland experienced some difficulties both on and around the green before being overtaken by the defending champion. Looking for revenge, the 25-year-old will need more iron punches like the one on par-3 7th if he wants to claim his first pro title in the continental United States.