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Hovland finishes as low amateur at Masters

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Viktor Hovland finished 3-under-par in the 2019 Masters tournament.

On Aug. 19, 2018, Oklahoma State men's golfer Viktor Hovland won the U.S Amateur Championship.

Winning the title meant the Norwegian-born golfer could compete in the 2019 Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship.

In the 2019 Masters tournament, Hovland finished 3-under-par and had the lowest score among the six amateurs competing. 

In the last round of the Masters, Hovland shot 1-under-par.

As the low amateur of the tournament, Hovland was interviewed with Tiger Woods, the Masters champion, by Jim Nantz in the Butler Cabin.

"(I) can't be much happier than I am right now," Hovland said in his televised interview with Nantz.

Hovland's finish was one shot better than former Arkansas standout and current amateur Alvaro Ortiz.

Devon Bling, who Hovland defeated to win the U.S. Amateur Championship, finished 3-over-par.

A total of four amateurs made the cut, which is a Masters record.

Alan Bratton, OSU's golf coach, served as Hovland's caddie at the U.S. Amateur Championship and the Masters.

"It's great to have coach (Bratton) on the bag," Hovland said. "He's seen me play a lot and he's caddied out here before. He really did a good job of making me feel comfortable. I could've been a mess out there, but he made me relaxed."

Among current or former OSU golfers, Hovland finished tied for second behind Rickie Fowler.

Fowler finished 10-under-par and tied for ninth place. Charles Howell III tied Hovland's 3-under-par score.

Kevin Tway finished right behind Howell at 2-under-par for 36th place. Alex Noren rounded out the Cowboys at 8-over-par. His score was tied for last among golfers who made Friday's cut.

The tournament was historic for Hovland as he became the first Norweigan golfer to compete at the Masters.

Hovland finished the tournament tied for 32nd place.

Hovland's next professional tournament will be at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where he won the U.S. Amateur championship.

When Hovland competes at the U.S. Open, the Cowboys' golf season would have already completed.

It is still uncertain if Hovland will remain on the team after the season or turn pro.

As Hovland travels back to Stillwater, the Cowboys will gear up for the Big 12 tournament before competing in the NCAA championship in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

"Back to school tomorrow," Hovland said. "(We're) grinding it out and trying to get the repeat at nationals.

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