PGA Championship 2023: How Viktor Hovland's major hopes unraveled with one weird and unlucky shot
Technically, it’s a bunker to the right of the 15th fairway. But the last two rounds it’s been more like a graveyard.
It started on Saturday. Corey Conners, leading the PGA Championship at that point, had found the bunker off the tee. Just shy of 160 yards, Connors bit off a little more than he could chew, and perhaps thinned his iron a touch, and sent his ball directly into the face of the bunker. A double bogey, and his tournament was over.
It was almost a carbon copy when Viktor Hovland landed in the same bunker on Sunday. One back of Brooks Koepka’s unrelenting lead, Hovland suffered the same fate. From 172 yards, his ball too ended underground in the face of the bunker, and a double bogey ended his hopes.
There are two interesting takeaways from the moment.