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Viktor Hovland Seals Commanding FedExCup Win

Viktor Hovland Seals Commanding FedExCup Win
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Viktor Hovland held off competition from Xander Schauffele in the final round to come out on top in the season-ending Tour Championship and secure the FedExCup title at East Lake.

The 25-year-old Norwegian went into the final round with a six-shot advantage but was pressured by Schauffele after he Hovland’s lead down to three. But with six holes remaining, Hovalnd sunk five birdies to card a bogey-free 63 to end the tournament on 27 under, five shots ahead of Schauffele to claim the $18m prize.

“It’s pretty surreal to be standing here right now,” he said.

“The gameplan before starting was middle of the green, make a lot of pars and make Xander get after it, which he did early so I had to change my gameplan a little bit.”

This victory means that Hovland becomes the third-youngest player to win the FedExCup. He has also climbed up to 4th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Schauffele hit a final-round 62 but had to settle for second finishing on 22 under and collect the $6.5m prize for runner-up. Wyndham Clark, the U.S. Open champion finished a further six shots behind in third while three-time FeExCup champion Rory McIlroy finished in fourth on 14 under.

The new FedExCup campaign will kick off with the Fortinet Championship between 14-18 September at the Silverado Resort in California.