Viktor Hovland makes analytical choice amid epic Masters meltdown

After an unusual performance in Friday’s Masters Tournament, Viktor Hovland changed his short-term schedule.

He shot a 9-over 81, 10 strokes worse than Thursday’s round, and missed the cut by two strokes. The reigning FedEx Cup champion was one of many high-profile players to miss out.

On Saturday morning, Hovland Withdrawn from next week’s game At the RBC Heritage Event.

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Hovland has changed swing coaches multiple times recently after breaking up with Joe Mayo earlier this year.

He worked with Grant Waite for a while and then made another career move. Hovland confirmed earlier in the week that he was returning to Dana Dahlquist, who helped him when he first turned pro.

Things looked good on Thursday, but things went awry on Friday, missing a tap-in putt on the par-5 15th hole. He was within the cut line, but the mistake cost him two strokes. After scoring 7, he tossed the ball into the water, another strange move from a usually laid-back player.

The world knows Hovland has been working on his swing, but his second-round performance was extraordinary. From his tee shot to his putt, it looked like he couldn’t do anything right.

It’s unclear whether Hovland will skip further events after the RBC Heritage, but after scoring 81 points at Augusta, it seems like he didn’t want to get his game back on track too soon.

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