Suddenly the rumor mill gained real momentum again this week. On X, there were several major golf accounts linking Viktor Hovland to the controversial Saudi Arabian golf league LIV.
Write now Norwegian golf There should be no comment on the rumours. On Saturday, the Golf Association's director of communications, Tom Rosenfing, called Hovland to hear about the rumours.
The answer he supposedly received was quite clear, as Golf Magazine wrote:
“Not true,” Hovland told Rosenfeng.
This statement agrees well with what Hovland himself told Eurosport before Christmas.
-If I had gone to LIV, I don't think I would have become a better golfer. Then he said, somehow, the end of the discussion, and he doubted he'd be watching the LIV Tour anytime soon.
However, he was clear that the PGA Tour has problems as it stands now, and he does not blame those now announcing transfers, including superstar Jon Rahm.
-Discussing that Jon Rahm is a bad guy and LIV's are scary people…and then you get too caught up in the little things. You don't see the whole picture. So I hope things happen, but I don't know and neither does anyone else. I just hope it goes back to some sort of normalcy in the future.
For the PGA Tour, Hovland losing to LIV would be a huge loss. The Norwegian has had a fantastic year in 2023 and is among the biggest stars in world golf at the moment.
Also voted by Dagbladet readers as the winner of Folkets Idrettspris 2023:
On that occasion, he highlighted three highlights from a strong 2023 season:
– The three biggest strokes are probably when she had a 27-stroke on the “back nine” at BMW (the championship), a 63-stroke in the final round in the FedEx Cup and the Ryder Cup win, Hovland told Dagbladet.
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