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Hovland To Seek Golf Title Defence At Mayakoba

02/11/21

- Grant Whittington

November 4-7 will see Viktor Hovland attempt to become the first golf player ever to successfully defend his title at Mayakoba. It won’t be easy going, though, as he’ll be going up against a field of 132 players at the World Wide Technology Championship.

This year’s big golf event will be played at the El Camaleon Golf Course in Riviera Maya, Mexico and new betting sites are offering great odds.

Set to return to the event this year is Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, who claimed his very first career PGA Tour victory in August at the World Golf Championships’ FedEx St. Jude Invitational. This means Hovland will have his work cut out for him not only from Ancer, but also since competing too will be recent PGA Tour winners Carlos Otiz (Mexico) and Graeme McDowell (Ireland).

Hovland Has What It Takes

Clearly confident in Hovland’s golf abilities is tournament director Joe Mazzeo, who said this week he has grown into one of the most promising young players in the world today.

Mazzeo said having him represent the event once again is a proud moment for everybody involved. He said the organising team feels confident in the field’s ability to put up a stronger fight for the title than ever before.

Currently ranked world No. 15, Hovland is the first player from Norway to win on both the European and PGA Tours. He turned professional in 2019 and has enjoyed a ranking as high as 10th on the world leaderboard. He also happens to be the highest ranking golf player in the history of the World Wide Technology Championship and one that new betting sites are keeping an eye on.

He’ll Be Banking On A Repeat  

The Norwegian last year put up a stunning fight by shooting a 6-under-par 65 in the final round. This show of talent included three birdies shot on the last six holes, which saw him finish 20-under and separated from the rest of the leaderboard.

He last month made his way onto the international golf stage when he represented Europe in the Ryder Cup. He also represented his own country in the Tokyo Olympics with a tied 14th-place finish.

Hovland To Face The Champions

Mexican players Ancer and Ortiz, who are currently ranked highest from their country, will be making their eighth and seventh starts, respectively, at this year’s event. The pair will undoubtedly be giving Hovland a run for his money with their previous combined four top-10 finishes in the prestigious event. 

Joining Hovland as a past champion seeking to become the first two-time winner at the Mayakoba event will be Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell. He won the event in 2015 when he nabbed his fourth golf career TOUR title. For bettors at established and new betting sites, there’s plenty of wagering action coming up.

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