Hovland misses 4-inch putt en route to 81 at Masters, withdraws from RBC Heritage

Viktor Hovland misses the cut at The Masters on 8-over par and then decides to withdraw from next week's PGA Tour event.

Viktor Hovland shot 81 to MC at The Masters
Viktor Hovland shot 81 to MC at The Masters

Viktor Hovland lost his rag on the 15th en route to shooting a disastrous 9-over 81 to miss his first-ever Masters cut. 

Hovland, 26, had opened brightly on Thursday with a solid 1-under 71 but he completely threw himself out of contention when faring 10 shots worse in the breeze on Friday. 

World No.6 Hovland started the round bogey-triple-par-double-bogey. 

He then went on to three-putt from five feet on the par-5 15th where he missed a tiny four-inch putt for bogey.


Hovland's round of 81 saw him finish 8-over par for the week and two shots outside the cut line. 

The European Ryder Cup star has now decided to withdraw from next week's RBC Heritage, which is another signature event on the PGA Tour with a giant $20m prize fund on the line. 

While it marks the first MC of Hovland's season, he has yet to pick up a top-10 finish in 2024.

Hovland's best finish of the year remains a T19 at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera. 

Golf fans and pundits have been scratching the surface as to why Hovland's game has dropped so dramatically in recent months, especially having won three times in eight starts last season en route to landing the FedEx Cup for the first time in his career. 

Hovland also proved a major thorn in the United States Ryder Cup side at Marco Simone in Rome last September.

Many people consider Hovland's decision to split with instructor Joe Mayo was a bad one. 

Hovland is struggling with his game in 2024
Hovland is struggling with his game in 2024

Hovland has remained tight-lipped over his split with Mayo, refusing to say if there was a rift.

But earlier in the week Hovland was spotted working with golf instructor Dana Dahlquist.

Hovland told reporters on Tuesday he's still searching for a full-time coach but feels like he's on a good track. 

After deciding to withdraw from next week's RBC Heritage, Hovland will no doubt be spending ample time on the range to try and get his game back in shape before the US PGA Championship from 16-19 May.

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