Viktor Hovland aces par-4 during Ryder Cup practice round

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Group Europe is already placing on a present for the house followers a day earlier than the Ryder Cup begins in Rome.

Viktor Hovland of Norway made a uncommon hole-in-one at a par-4 gap at Marco Simone Golf and Nation Membership throughout a follow spherical Thursday.

Hovland’s ace got here on the par-4 fifth gap, taking part in a mere 302 yards. His teammates’ balls have been already on the inexperienced when Hovland hit his 3-wood and watched his ball roll completely on the flagstick.

In stroke play, such a shot would depend for 3 beneath par, identical as an albatross at a par-5. It is occurred simply as soon as in PGA Tour historical past, when Andrew Magee did so on the 2001 Phoenix Open when his shot glanced off the putter of one other participant standing on the inexperienced.

Hovland claimed his first FedEx Cup final month by successful the ultimate two legs of the playoffs, culminating with the Tour Championship.

He’s paired with fellow Scandinavian rising star Ludvig Aberg of Sweden for Friday’s opening foursomes match towards the U.S. crew’s Max Homa and Brian Harman.

“I feel we’re wanting ahead to getting off to a pleasant begin,” Hovland stated Thursday. “We will put some blue on early on the leaderboard and simply comply with within the development the place the Europeans did within the Solheim Cup and the Junior Ryder Cup earlier in the present day. So I feel we have got the momentum.”

For america’ sake, at the least Hovland’s hole-in-one got here earlier than the competitors started.