Everyone remembers their old school days.
Some people look back fondly, some not so much.
Then everyone remembers those few people who you knew would do well or those few people you couldn’t bare to see winning things.
Collin Morikawa won a Major, Matthew Wolff finished second in a Major and both have cemented their place among the golf elite.
From the same College graduates to the pro tour was Viktor Hovland.
The Norwegian was in sumptuous form as he triumphed on the European Tour for the first time.
He won the BMW International Open by two shots, the first Norwegian to win on the tour.
He has already claimed victories on the PGA Tour and is picking up the pace heading into The Open.
The win is helping to re-establish the new wave of European golf titans, given the recent US dominance in Majors.
It comes on the heels of Jon Rahm’s fine US Open win.
The two seem to be carrying the baton for Europe in a Ryder Cup year.
Many players now ply their trade in the US on the PGA Tour and the recent del between them and the European Tour has opened up venues for players.
“I grew up watching mostly the European Tour,”
“It’s not in Norway, but it’s close and has some of the same feelings of being home, it’s a huge honour and finally Norway has a win on the European Tour.”
Home Comforts for Hovland
He has racked up seven top-six finishes in 2021 and not to toot my own horn, but I did tip him for a big year this year.
Sure, even I will admit when it comes to watching I tend to watch the PGA Tour as that’s where all the best players now spend most of their time.
But the Summer for me has always been the European Tour’s time to shine, helped largely by my favorite Major – The Open.
After the pandemic, Europe is now starting to truly open up again as we have seen from the Euro 2020 tournament’s success.
A golf crowd that hasn’t seen any action for almost two years with be chomping at the bit to see the stars of the sport head across the pond.
A resurgence from Rory McIlroy at the US Open also showed signs of a promising European resurgence.
The incoming showpiece events will dazzle as we head into the final Major and then the long awaited Ryder Cup.
Hovland is hard to dislike, I know I’ve thrown my love of players around like I work in a brothel but he is among the players I really enjoy watching.
It’s why I thought he could have a breakout year in 2021.
Then when interviewed after his victory showed just how he is enjoying his foray at the moment.
“It’s The Open, Olympics, Ryder Cup,”
“There’s so much golf to look forward to and I’m just going to have a blast.”
He is just one of us fans loving golf at the moment and the drama that is yet to come.