Reports: Viktor Hovland fires transformative swing coach

Viktor Hovland has reportedly parted ways with his transformative swing coach Joe Mayo ahead of the new PGA Tour season. 

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Thu, 4 Jan 2024
Reports: Viktor Hovland fires transformative swing coach

Viktor Hovland reportedly refused to explain why he has parted ways with his transformative swing coach ahead of the new PGA Tour season. 

Reigning FedEx Cup champion Hovland, 26, is currently in Hawaii where he will begin his 2024 at The Sentry

It has been confirmed by Golf Channel the Norwegian has parted ways with Joe Mayo. Hovland told the publication he 'did not want to go into details'.

Another report by SI stated Mayo also didn't want to comment on the split. 

Mayo, who is dubbed the 'Trackman Maestro' in golf's inner circles, has been credited with helping Hovland drastically change his fortunes, particularly with his short game. 

Hovland previously declared he 'sucked at chipping' when he first came out on Tour, but his improvements in this department are clear. 

The European Ryder Cup star moved up 91 positions in the strokes gained: around the green department since linking up with Mayo at the beginning of 2023. 

According to the official PGA Tour website, Hovland and Mayo didn't start working on his short game until February. 

Hovland went on a tear before the Ryder Cup, clinching the BMW Championship and Tour Championship in back-to-back weeks to set a new single-season record for PGA Tour earnings.  

The golfer also won the Memorial and finished in the top-25 in 18 of his 23 starts. He did not miss a cut all season and was nominated for the player of the year. 

Scottie Scheffler beat Jon Rahm to that honour somewhat controversially

The next step appears to be for Hovland to prove his big-time player credentials by clinching a major championship. 

GolfMagic's editorial staff have already made their predictions for 2024's majors. Check them out here

As for Hovland, it was not immediately clear if he has replaced Mayo. 

He is one of 59 players teeing it up at Kapalua's Plantation Course. Rory McIlroy is eligible to compete but he has chosen to skip this event. 

The Northern Irishman will be kicking off his season in Dubai

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