Viktor Hovland holds the lead after playing 18 holes at the RBC Heritage. The Norwegian golfer is aiming to extend his lead and win the tournament. He learned from his mistakes at The Masters, which left him to settle for seventh position.
Viktor Hovland took the lead at the Augusta tournament after the first round. But a few bad shots led him to slip down to seventh place. However, he is more careful with his game at the RBC Heritage and is looking forward to securing the lead till the end.
Speaking about his game, Viktor Hovland said as quoted by the PGA Tour:
“I took a big lesson from not short-sliding myself as much last week. I got a little too greedy and I missed it in the wrong sports, and I just can’t allow myself to do that.”
Viktor Hovland registered a one-stroke lead at the 2023 RBC Heritage after finishing the first round with a scoring deficit of seven.
He started the tournament with a birdie on the 14th hole and then made two consecutive birdies on the 16th and 17th holes. Hovland played a bogey-free round with seven birdies to the wrap-up at 64.
“I just kind of kept trusting the process” – Viktor Hovland opens up about his performance at the RBC Heritage
The rain delayed the first round of the RBC Heritage, ending with Viktor Hovland finishing at 64. Jimmy Walker trailed behind Hovland along with Brian Harman and Aaron Rai.
Interestingly, the top five positions on the leaderboard are secured by golfers settling in bottom positions for odd picks while the top picks struggle with their performances.
Viktor Hovland played a bogey-free round with seven birdies. He missed his shot in the first four holes of the tournament. However, he did not lose confidence and finally made a birdie on the fifth hole.
“Instead of freaking out or questioning all the reads that you make, that’s not going to fix anything,” Viktor Hovland said. “So I just kind of kept trusting the process.”
Here’s the full leaderboard for the RBC Heritage after the first round:
1. Viktor HovlandT2. Brian HarmanT2. Jimmy WalkerT2. Aaron RaiT5. Joel DahmenT5. Scott StallingsT5. Matt FitzpatrickT5. Zach JohnsonT5. Sungjae ImT5. Justin RoseT11. Xander SchauffeleT11. Rickie FowlerT11. Andrew PutnamT11. Wyndham ClarkT15. Emiliano GrilloT15. Terrell HattonT15. Matt KucharT15. Ernie ElsT15. Patrick RodgersT15. Mark HubbardT15. Adam LongT15. Taylor MooreT15. Scottie SchefflerT15. Jordan SpiethT15. Stewart CinkT15. Kramer HickokT15. Doug GhimT28. Austin SmothermanT28. Jim HermanT28. Erik Van RooyenT28. Sam BurnsT28. Justin ThomasT28. Chris KirkT28. Ryan BrehmT28. Beau HosslerT28. Hayden BuckleyT28. Nate LashleyT28. Tommy FleetwoodT28. Billy HorschelT28. Lucas GloverT28. Patrick CantlayT28. Robert StrebT28. Adam ScottT28. Gary WoodlandT28. Scott PiercyT28. Carson Young