Viktor Hovland is making his professional debut in the 2019 Travelers Championship, just days after setting the all-time low-amateur mark in the US Open with a 4-under 280 score at Pebble Beach.
Hovland, the former Oklahoma State product and top-ranked amateur in the world, has signed a deal with Ping, an 11-club deal including the driver and a putter. The Norwegian will carry a Ping staff bag and wear the Ping logo on his hat. Ping didn’t disclose further details, including the length of the deal and financial terms.
Hovland has been working with Ping since arriving at Stillwater, Okla., with the school’s home course, Karsten Creek, named after Ping founder Karsten Solheim. Oklahoma State has been supported by Ping’s college program for more than four decades.
Viktor Hovland: What’s in the bag
At the US Open, Hovland put the Ping G410 LST driver into play and led the field in strokes gained off the tee.
“The G410 LST driver is a great fit for my game,” Hovland said in a release. “I don’t usually make significant changes to my equipment before such a big tournament, but after testing it during the week with the Ping tour reps, it was clear the G410 LST driver was the best choice for me.”
Hovland will continue to play Titleist golf balls, and he has the flexibility with the other 12 clubs in his bag to make changes as needed. For his irons, Hovland will use a combo set, employing the Ping iBlade irons from 3-6 iron, and the Ping i210 irons from 7-iron through pitching wedge.