Before they turned pro: Viktor Hovland
We saw the big smile and the quirky, fun personality three years ago as we stood with Viktor Hovland
behind the 18th hole at Pebble Beach, just after his breakthrough U.S. Amateur victory.
At the time, Hovland was ascending quickly through the amateur golf world, helping Oklahoma State University win a national title earlier in 2018, nearly winning the European Amateur, and consistently finishing at or near the top of college and amateur leaderboards (he had an amazing 15 top-10 finishes in 2018 alone.
It wasn't long before he began to show the ability to compete on the professional level, earning low amateur honors at the Masters and finishing T12 in the U.S. Open before turning pro in 2019.
Now, just over two years later, he is already the best golfer ever to come out of Norway and has just picked up his fourth professional win, successfully defending his title at the PGA Tour World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba. Having already become a Ryder Cup member of Team Europe, surely the next step is a major title.
Here are a few of the stories from our coverage of Viktor Hovland the amateur: