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Hovland Finishes Fourth at Open Championship, Brings Home $654,000

A tough final round took the Claret Jug out of Hovland’s reach.

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Viktor Hovland was close to taking home his first major championship this weekend, but he ultimately fell a bit short on Sunday.

Entering the day tied for the lead, Hovland shot a 2-over 74, his worst round of the tournament, to fall into a tie with Tommy Fleetwood for fourth place at this year’s Open Championship at St. Andrews. Hovland will take home $654,000 for his efforts.

Hovland was paired with Rory McIlroy as the duo shared the lead entering the final round, but a pair of Camerons stormed up to usurp Hovland and McIlroy. Cameron Smith won the tournament after carding a 8-under 64 in the final round. Cameron Young came second after his 7-under 65.

Making the turn at 1-over, Hovland made his first birdie of the day on the 12th, but he followed that with a bogey on 13, a bogey on 16 and pars everywhere else.

Another former Cowboy, Talor Gooch finished his tournament with a 3-under 69 to tie for 34th and take home $79,250. If not for a tough third round, Gooch would’ve taken home an even bigger purse. He shot a 68 in his first round, a 69 in his second and a 75 in his third before Sunday’s 69. One other ex-Poke, Wyndham Clark, finished T76 to take home $31,325.

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