OSU's Viktor Hovland sets US Open amateur record

Viktor Hovland

Viktor Hovland

"It's obviously cool to perform such a thing", Hovland said after the round.

Although he is an amateur, Hovland led the entire U.S Open field in fairways hit (47/56) and SG: Off the tee (+8.40), as well ranking T3 for greens in regulation for the week.

Viktor Hovland ended his amateur career in style on Sunday by breaking a U.S. Open record that Jack Nicklaus had held for 59 years.

The 21-year-old, who posted 69-73-71 in the opening three rounds, signed off with a four-under-par 67 to be tied for 13th. That's the best leaderboard finish by an amateur at the U.S. Open since Jim Simons tied for fifth in 1971.

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Playing in his final golf tournament as an amateur, Oklahoma State's Viktor Hovland put on a show.

As of Monday, Hovland's amateur status was over. He earned his spots in the championships by winning the U.S. Amateur Championship a year ago - also at Pebble Beach.

After a three-year stint on a golf scholarship at Oklahoma State University, he will make his pro debut at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship in CT starting on Thursday. He wound up with the best amateur performance ever at the US Open, and on an oceanfront course known for being hard. As for the three other amateurs who made the weekend at Pebble Beach, Brandon Wu had the next-best showing with a 1-over total that left him tied for 35th. He turned pro last week, but since he qualified for the US Open as an amateur, he had to play the event that way. He will remain amateur this summer in hopes for a Walker Cup bid in September. "Starting with that national championship, I could not have thought of a better way to end my Stanford career". "Really happy we got to go out like that. So it's been an awesome few weeks and something I'll remember for a while".

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