Viktor Hovland is on a steep upward trajectory in his career right now. His win at the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic was his third victory in his last five starts.
He is now ranked third in the world with just Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa ranked higher. Rahm finished second at the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday.
The way Hovland reached 12-under-par at the end of his final round at the Emirates Golf Club was incredible. To finish with two birdies and an eagle when you are four shots adrift is a world-class effort.
You could argue the young Norwegian became the pantomime villain when he tapped in to beat Richard Bland in the playoff, as the Englishman has touched the hearts of so many golf fans in recent months.
But Hovland is becoming a fierce competitor. He has now won twice on the DP World Tour and three times on the PGA Tour. 2022 could turn into a monumental year for the 24-year-old.
Viktor Hovland - What's in the bag?
Driver: PING G425 LST | 9˚ | Fujikura Speeder 661 TX shaft
Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM | 15˚ | Mitsubishi Tensei Blue AV Raw 85 TX shaft
Hybrid: PING G425 | 19˚ | DI Hybrid 85 X shaft
Utility: Callaway X Forged UT | 21° | Graphite Design Tour AD-DI Hybrid 85X shaft
Irons: PING i210 | (3) Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid Shaft 85, (4-PW) KBS Tour V 120 X shaft
Wedges: PING Glide Forged Pro (50, 56), KBS Tour-V 130 X shafts | Titleist Vokey SM8 (60), KBS Tour-V 130 X shaft
Putter: PING PLD DS 72
Ball: Titleist ProV1