Viktor Hovland has revealed he's exchanged messages online with Norway's superstar forward Erling Haaland, but he wasn't aware the Manchester City striker played golf.
That's before the Northern Irishman cracked up over the breakaway tour's dilemma over gaining Official World Golf Ranking accreditation.
But back to Hovland. After having some more trouble with an airline this week, the young Norwegian revealed that he doesn't follow football too closely but he understands that Haaland is a "big, big deal."
As of 15 November 2022, Haaland had scored 23 goals in all competitions for Manchester City since signing from Borussia Dortmund in a £51m deal in the summer.
Hovland said he knows Haaland "a big watch" guy. And it appears that Hovland is also massively into his timepieces.
GolfWRX reported after Hovland won the Dubai Desert Classic earlier in the season he was wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked on his wrist that cost a small fortune.
To be precise, it cost in the region of $70,000.
And maybe Hovland will teeing it up with Haaland in the future judging by his comments about the 23-year-old.
Here's the full exchange:
As for Hovland's equipment dilemma, he has confirmed that his clubs arrived in time for the pro-am ahead of the $10m season finale.
Hovland will be playing the first two rounds at Jumeirah Golf Estates alongside former Open champion Shane Lowry in the 12.25pm tee time on Thursday.