Hovland caddies for buddy in U.S. Open Qualifier a day after winning Memorial

Fatiha Betscher

Viktor Hovland caddies the day after Memorial

Usually, it’s customary to take a day off after competing in any golf tournament, and you could be forgiven for taking the week off if you’ve just won $3.6m in capturing the Jack Nicklaus-hosted Memorial.

But no, not champion Norwegian Viktor Hovland.

The now four-time PGA Tour champion was spotted bright and early still in the Columbus, Ohio region on Monday, back at a golf course but acting as a caddy. Yes, a caddy.


The new World No. 5 ranked Hovland was caddying for good friend and former college teammate Zach Bauchou as the American looked to join Holvand next week in securing a place in the US Open at Los Angeles Country Club.

Hovland had already locked up a spot in the US Open, so donned the bag of Backou, his former roommate and a second-team All-American golfer at Oklahoma State, to see if they could team successfully for Backou to earn a place among the leading qualifiers on both The Lakes Golf & Country Club in the morning and 18 afternoon holes at Brookside Golf Club.

Bauchou teed off bright and early at 8am local US time at the Lakes Club. Ranked 1859th in the world, Bauchou was one of 103 players vying for 11 spots at the Ohio qualifying site, with reports saying Hovland made it to the tee in plenty of time, wrapped-up in the cool conditions but dressed in shorts and wearing his Ping cap.

However, rounds of 72 and 76 meant the pair fell well short of the qualifying mark.

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