What did Viktor Hovland do after his first round at Wentworth? Hunt for aliens!

Viktor Hovland drew the attention of golf fans with his excursion to an historical landmark after the opening round of the BMW PGA Championship.

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Fri, 15 Sep 2023
What did Viktor Hovland do after his first round at Wentworth? Hunt for aliens!

Viktor Hovland likely has many things on his mind at the moment. 

Of course, one of those is the forthcoming Ryder Cup. He's also trying to grab his fourth win of the calendar year at the BMW PGA Championship

With that in mind, how would you expect Hovland to spend his downtime after playing the first round here at Wentworth?

You might posit: maybe a light dinner, early bed, a movie, a massage? Maybe go to the range and beat balls into the evening? 

You'd be wrong. Hovland decided to take a 63-mile trip to Wiltshire to visit an historical landmark. Specifically: Stonehenge

Hovland took a snap of his trip to the prehistoric monument that archaeologists believe was constructed from around 3000 BC to 2000 BC. 

The 25-year-old golf sensation simply tagged the image: 'Aliens'.  'Viktor knows,' one person wrote. 

European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald was one who liked the post.

"He's not scared"

The talk of the golf world is the 23-year-old Swede Ludvig Aberg

Aberg could have walked the fairways here with relative anonymity had he not been picked by Donald as one of his six Ryder Cup wildcards. 

Instead, he's got the likes of Hovland, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm singing his praises. 

For his part, Hovland suggested that what separates Aberg from the rest is that he's unafraid. 

Hovland told reporters: "The way he's played the last couple months, he has not been a pro very long but he certainly doesn't look scared of the moment.

"So I think it's just a great experience for him but I don't think - I think he's ready regardless."

He added: "I'm just very impressed, not just the golf stuff because I've hardly seen his golf swing, or I don't know anything about his game, but just the way he carried himself, his demeanour, seemed very mature.

"[He] seemed to enjoy the moment [a recent trip to Rome] but wasn't scared. I think that's the type of personality that's going to fit very nicely into the Ryder Cup.

"Didn't seem like the moment was too big for him. I think that in itself as a rookie, just being professional for a couple months, that is way more impressive than any accomplishment that he's made as a professional golfer results-wise."

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