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Hovland feeling right at home at Wentworth

Viktor Hovland may be making just his second appearance at the BMW PGA Championship but the Norwegian insists he feels right at home at Wentworth Golf Club.

Viktor Hovland

The 23-year-old arrived at European Tour HQ in 2019 as one of the game's hottest prospects, having just turned professional and making his European Tour debut in the paid ranks.

He finished in a tie for 11th in his maiden Rolex Series event and since then has gone on to claim a first European Tour victory at this season's BMW International Open, as well as two victories on the US PGA Tour.

And while Hovland admits his globetrotting schedule can be tiring, he is enjoying his time battling for titles all over the world.

Viktor Hovland

"It's a whole different world in the States when you play there every single week," he said. "So this feels more like home, what I've grown up with, and it's nice to see some of the players that I've been watching on TV for so long that are still here and I get to talk to them, get to play with them, so that's great.

"I just really enjoy travelling. So for me, it's just kind of the best of both worlds. I get to play in the United States where I live and then at the same time I get to travel to Dubai, England, Germany, all over the place. So it's been a cool experience.

"It's been a lot of traveling the last two or three months. Definitely feeling it just moving around all the different time zones but I've been loving it, every second of it and I feel like my game is trending in the right direction."

This week in Surrey is the last chance for players to qualify for the Ryder Cup team but that is no worry for Hovland, who has secured his place among Padraig Harrington's troops.

I just really enjoy travelling. So for me, it's just kind of the best of both worlds

He is already the first Norwegian winner on the European and US PGA Tours and is now looking forward to being the first man from his country to play in the Ryder Cup.

"Ryder Cup is a big thing and Norway doesn't have a very long-standing tradition in the event. So for me, personally, it's going to be a huge honour to wave the Norwegian flag alongside the European flag. So it's going to be a cool experience. 

"I talked to Robert Karlsson actually last night and we were talking about basically the same thing and how many Swedes have played in the Ryder Cup and he's lifting names I haven't even heard of, which is pretty impressive. So it's about time that us Norwegians kind of try to keep up.

"It's a dream come true and it's going to be really, really cool."

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