WITB: Viktor Hovland, 2023 Tour Championship winner, pulls off win by 5 with his mixed bag of Ping, TaylorMade and Titleist. Consistent with his setup at the BMW Championship, Hovland made no changes to his equipment for the Tour Championship. He continued to play the Titleist U505 Utility 3-iron in place of his Ping G430 Max 7-wood. Hovland started the FedExCup Tour Championship 2 strokes back of Scottie Scheffler at -8 under par. Scheffler continued his struggles finishing T6 at -11 under par when starting at -10 under par. Colorado local, Wyndham Clark started at -4 under and went on to finish 3rd at -16; a staggering 11 strokes behind Hovland.
Winning WITB for Viktor Hovland, 2023 Tour Championship
- Driver: Ping G425 LST 9 degree with the Fujikura Speeder 661 TR X shaft.
- Fairways: TaylorMade Stealth Plus 15 degree 3-wood with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X shaft.
- Irons: The Titleist U505 utility 3-iron with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 85 X shaft. And, Ping i210 4-iron through PW with the KBS Tour-V 120 X shaft.
- Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50- and 56-degree with the KBS Tour-V 120 X shaft. And, a Ping Glide 2.0 60-degree wedge with a True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft.
Hovland slightly softens his shaft for his 60-degree wedge; logical given his broad utilization of his lob wedge. Learn how to select the correct wedge shaft.
- Putter: Ping PLD DS 72 prototype
Hovland wasn’t the best around the greens, but he made up for it with his putter. He finished 1st in sand saves and 1st in scrambling. His putting was again impressive, many citing his 24-foot par putt in the final round to be the clincher for him. For the Tour Championship, he again finished 3rd in putts per GIR and 4th in strokes gained: putting. Expect to hear more about Hovland’s improvements in putting since the beginning of the year.