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U.S. Open recap: Hovland finishes as low amateur, breaks record

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Viktor Hovland finished as the low amateur in the 2019 U.S. Open.

It was another day at the beach for Viktor Hovland.

Hovland, who wore Oklahoma State polos to represent his men’s golf team, shot 4-under-par 280 in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

When he finished Sunday, he surpassed Jack Nicklaus’ mark to set a 72-hole U.S. Open amateur record. Nicklaus shot 282 in 1960. In celebration, OSU shared this video, which showcased a multitude of Hovy bobbleheads.

Hovland previously had success at Pebble Beach. In August, he won the 2018 U.S. Amateur there. After finishing as the low amateur in The Masters Tournament, Hovland achieved low-amateur status again at the U.S. Open, the cherry on top of his standout amateur journey. Hovland starts his professional career Thursday in the Travelers Tournament.

Eckroat soaks in wisdom

Hovland’s teammate Austin Eckroat didn’t make the cut, but he learned from the pros.

OSU alumnus Rickie Fowler offered some advice to Eckroat on the course.

Through two rounds, Eckroat shot 5-over-par 147. He was paired with Charles Howell III and Alex Noren, former Cowboys. Noren missed the cut, and Howell ended 4-over-par 288.

Fowler gives up early momentum, still gains spotlight

Mike Gundy isn’t the only famous Cowboy with a mullet.

Fowler garnered attention for his hairdo during the U.S. Open. In May, Cara Banks of Golf Channel tweeted that Fowler and golfer Jason Dufner were growing their hair for “Mullet May” to bring attention to their foundations. Fowler's "will now focus more on leukaemia" because of Fowler's connection to Jarrod Lyle, a golfer who died of the disease, Banks said.

Clearly, Fowler liked the mullet enough to rock it after “Mullet May” ended.

Fowler had a score of 66 in the first round, but a 77 in a shaky second round spoiled his momentum. He finished 2-over-par 286.

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