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Hovland shoots even par on first day of Masters

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Viktor Hovland

Viktor Hovland shot even on the first day of the 2019 Masters tournament.

While his teammates are gearing up for the Thunderbird Invitational, Oklahoma State men's golfer Viktor Hovland competed at one of golf's most prestigious tournament.

Hovland shot even par on his first day at the 2019 Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

Alan Bratton, OSU's men's golf coach, served as Hovland's caddie.

Former OSU golfers Alex Noren, Charles Howell III, Kevin Tway and Rickie Fowler were among the 87 golfers competing in the tournament. At the 2018 Masters tournament, Fowler finished second.

Hovland was paired with Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed, the reigning Masters champion.

On the front nine, Hovland had a decent start but suffered bogeys on holes 3 and 7.

On the 16th hole, Hovland set up for a par-3, 170 yards from the hole.

After taking out his 8 iron, Hovland took a beautiful shot that landed about 20 feet from the hole. The ball proceeded to roll closer to the hole and was mere inches to the right from being a hole-in-one.

Hovland tapped the shot in for his fourth birdie of the day.

On the last hole, Hovland needed a par to finish 1-under. Unfortunately, Hovland shot his fourth bogey to settle for even.

Hovland finished with the best first-round score of the six amateurs competing at the tournament.

Brooks Keopka and Bryson DeChambeau lead the field at 6-under-par.

Hovland is tied for 29th at even with 16 other golfers.

Hovland's second-round tee time is set for 1:16 p.m. tomorrow.

Amateur scores after first round:

T-29: Viktor Hovland, E

T-44: Takumi Kanaya, +1

T-44: Alvaro Ortiz, +1

T-44: Jovan Rebula, +1

T-58: Devon Bling, +2

T-77: Kevin O'Connell, +4

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