Published: Wed, February 26, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Viktor Hovland shoots 64 to take Puerto Rico Open lead

Viktor Hovland shoots 64 to take Puerto Rico Open lead

He earned a PGA Tour card a year ago in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals after winning the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach, then sweeping low amateur honors at the Masters and U.S. Open. "Hopefully I can hit some good shots and make some putts".

"Today was a great day, putts were going in", Laird claimed. He eagled the par-5 second and par-4 10th, holing out with a wedge on 10.

"It's a lot of fun out there when you are doing that". "Actually, heard it on the radio that it went in before I saw it on TV".

Josh Teater was two strokes back at 16 under after a 66.

The US tour rookie who played college golf at Ohio State University kick-started his round at Coco Beach in Rio Grande with an eagle at the second hole, and bounced back from his lone bogey of the day at 15 with a birdie at 17 that was enough for a share of the lead on 10-under par 134. "Early on in the round I didn't really make that many putts, but I did a really good job of just staying calm".

"I know I'm playing good so I know a couple of missed shots aren't going to kill me".

"I was just considering about trying to play as effectively as I could today and seeking to get the occupation carried out", Hovland said.

Hovland was making just his 17th start on the PGA Tour
Hovland was making just his 17th start on the PGA Tour

The Norwegian will now qualify for the Players and PGA Championship.

"It would be unbelievable to have won on the tour already", he said.

On Saturday, after his 8-under 64, the 22-year-old said: "I'm just anxious about tomorrow".

Extra work on the putting green has brought dividends for Laird this week. "I've been hitting it great all week". "I worked hard on my putting when I got here this week - that's all I did on Monday and Tuesday when I got here - and it has paid off so far".

A nine-under-par round of 63, which contained two eagles and no dropped shots, moved the 37-year-old into contention for a fourth PGA Tour victory. Laird also captured the 2009 Shriners Hospitals Open and 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational. Lahiri made seven birdies but also conceded five bogeys as he settled for a third straight 70.

The Scot birdied four of the next six holes.

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