Timeline: Tracking Viktor Hovland’s rapid rise to FedExCup champ

Viktor Hovland has won the FedExCup four years after turning professional. He is the third-youngest player in PGA TOUR history to win the season-long points title, trailing only Jordan Spieth (2015) and Justin Thomas (2017).

Hovland won three tournaments in 2023, including the season's final two. His final-round 61 in the BMW Championship is widely regarded as the round of the year, and he continued his outstanding play in the FedExCup final at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Hovland led by six shots going into the final round of the TOUR Championship on Sunday before winning by five strokes over Xander Schauffele.

It was a year marked by triumphs in some of the game's most prestigious events (he also won the Jack Nicklaus Memorial Tournament presented by Workday) and tremendous consistency. 

He made every cut and finished in the top 25 in all but five of his 23 starts. He finished second in the PGA Championship, third in THE PLAYERS, and seventh in the Masters.

It demonstrates Hovland's never-ending search for perfection. He's spent his entire career as one of the TOUR's top ball-strikers. Strengthening his one weakness, his short game, 

has transformed him into a well-rounded player ready for the TOUR's most difficult challenges. And he can now declare himself FedExCup champion.

This timeline examines Hovland's career in detail, beginning with his amateur career and collegiate achievements at Oklahoma State and concluding with his FedExCup title.

July 21, 2015: Places second in stroke play at the US Junior Amateur, one stroke behind winner Brandon Mancheno. The next day, Hovland loses as the No. 2 seed in the Round of 64 to Parker Gillam, the No. 63 seed.

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