Beginner breaks Jack Nicklaus’ US Open document earlier than going professional


Viktor Hovland, the 2018 U.S. Beginner champion, is popping professional this coming week, making his skilled debut on the Vacationers Championship. However he appeared like a professional all week within the U.S. Open at Pebble Seashore.

Hovland, who shot a 4-under 67 in Sunday’s remaining spherical to complete on the identical rating for the match and stitch up the low-amateur honors for the week. He, too, set the U.S. Open document for the bottom rating ever shot over 72 holes by an newbie with 280, breaking Jack Nicklaus’ document of 282 set in 1960 at Cherry Hills.

“That was enjoyable,’’ mentioned Hovland, a local of Norway who performed his faculty golf at Oklahoma State and started the week taking part in a apply spherical with fellow OSU alum Rickie Fowler. “I obtained off to a fantastic begin on the primary spherical [68] however wasn’t fairly in a position to capitalize on it. I had one other nice begin [Sunday], and it was good to complete with a birdie [on 18] and shoot 4-under at a course that I actually like.’’

Requested what it will do for his professional profession, Hovland mentioned, “I hope I can feed off of this going into my skilled profession and do extra issues like this and be in competition of profitable tournaments.’’

Xander Schauffele has performed in three U.S. Opens and completed within the top-6 in all of them, led by Sunday’s tie for third at 7-under after a 4-under 67 remaining spherical. Schauffele completed tied for fifth in his first one, in 2017, and tied for sixth final 12 months at Shinnecock Hills. Schauffele had it to 8-under at one level on the again 9 and was three off the lead, however a bogey on 12 sabotaged his probabilities.

“All of us are trying on the leaderboards,’’ he mentioned. “I figured if I may get to 10 [under] by some means … then Gary [Woodland] would see my identify, everybody would see my identify and I’d be proper within the combine.’’

Michael Thorbjornsen, the 17-year-old 2018 U.S. Junior Beginner champion from Wellesley, Mass., closed out his magical week with a final-round 76.

Thorbjornsen, who’s the second-youngest newbie to make a U.S. Open minimize since World Battle II, completed the week 20-over, however that quantity was solely that prime due to his 13-over 84 shot within the third spherical.

“I can’t actually put into phrases what it’s been like this complete week, simply taking part in within the PGA occasion, then a significant, then it being the U.S. Open, which everybody desires to play in, everybody desires to win this one probably the most,’’ Thorbjornsen mentioned. “And having performed the best way I did, these first two days put me in place for the weekend, felt superb simply understanding I may play two extra rounds on this lovely golf course and simply present that I belong right here.’’

Requested if this week has made him take into consideration his future as a professional, he mentioned: “Undoubtedly after this week I can see the place the professionals are at. Sure, I made the minimize, however I’m not even near being in competition, so I’ve rather a lot to study. I do know what I would like to enhance on.

“I feel that’s in all probability the largest factor this week as a result of now that I do know what I would like, I can use this expertise for me to play higher newbie golf after which ultimately get on Tour after which see how that places me on the market.’’

Thorbjornsen is dedicated to play faculty golf at Stanford, the place he’ll start subsequent 12 months.

Marcus Kinhult had the low spherical of the day early on, with a 5-under 66, exhibiting that low scores had been obtainable Sunday.

“The course felt rather a lot simpler as we speak, particularly being within the fairway on a regular basis and hitting it in the best spots and I performed rather a lot higher,’’ he mentioned. “That is one of the best spherical of the week, clearly. Hopefully I can take some confidence from that.”This complete week has been a fantastic expertise, my first U.S. Open. I discovered rather a lot and I actually stay up for attempt to play right here once more.’’

Sepp Straka, who was in competition along with his opening-round 68 earlier than fading with a 72 and 76 in his subsequent two rounds, completed with a 67 on Sunday.

“Pebble Seashore is one in all my favourite locations,’’ he mentioned. “To do my first U.S. Open right here is fairly particular. To complete it off like that [Sunday] was fairly cool. The primary couple of rounds I used to be positively nervous. It’s my first U.S. Open, Pebble Seashore, fairly candy.’’