Rising star Viktor Hovland will make his first European Tour appearance as a professional when he joins the star-studded field for next week’s BMW PGA Championship, the fourth Rolex Series event of 2019.
The 21 year old enjoyed a stellar amateur career, becoming the first Norwegian to win the US Amateur Championship in 2018 before finishing 32nd in the Masters Tournament and tied 12th in the US Open this year, ending both Majors as the low amateur and reaching the top spot on World Amateur Ranking.
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Hovland turned professional after that performance at the US Open and has already recorded a top four finish in the Wyndham Championship on the US PGA Tour. He will now make his European Tour professional debut after receiving an invitation to play in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club, where he will join a world class field for the Rolex Series event which includes World Number Two Rory McIlroy, defending champion Francesco Molinari, Open Champion Shane Lowry, three-time Rolex Series winner Jon Rahm and American trio Tony Finau, Billy Horschel and Patrick Reed.
The tournament also marks the start of the qualification campaign for Padraig Harrington’s 2020 European Ryder Cup team.
Hovland said: “I’m really looking forward to my first professional appearance on the European Tour at Wentworth next week. The BMW PGA Championship is one of the biggest events in Europe and it is a tournament I would always watch growing up in Norway, so I’m excited to now get the chance to play in it.
“The tournament and the venue have so much history and the field is obviously very strong. I would love to play well and get my European Tour career off to a good start.”
Tickets for the BMW PGA Championship title at Wentworth from September 19-22 are on sale now, along with tickets for the Celebrity Pro-Am on Wednesday September 18. There is also a top class line-up of entertainment on the Slingsby Show Stage in the BMW Championship village, with Rudimental headlining on Saturday night (September 21) and Anne Marie bringing the curtain down on Sunday September 22.