One of the biggest changes for Pga Tour players for the remainder of this season is the travel arrangements. Players and caddies are able to take a PGA TOUR dedicated shuttle charter plane to travel from event to event, to limit any exposure to COVID-19. But Viktor Hovland has had a different approach for how he wants to travel, as he’s driving from event to event.
Thankfully, Golf Digest has done the math for everyone already showing how much time and distance Hovland has traveled since the PGA TOUR restarted. Hovland has been on the road for about 45 hours and has traveled over 3,000 miles since he began playing again. Traveling that much in such a short period of time would really tire out the normal man and it would be hard to play competitive golf after all of that driving. It hasn’t affected Hovland though, as he’s finished in the top 25 in his last three events.
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Many might ask why Hovland would do this, but a lot of it is about having his own freedom. “Even though I have to get in the car and drive 15 hours, it’s still a lot more convenient because I can go whenever I want to go and I can also pack more stuff in the car,” Hovland said. “It’s just a little bit more freedom in that way.”
And even after all of this driving, Hovland isn’t done yet. He’s set to tee off this week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic just outside of Detroit and then drive the comparatively measly 200 miles to Ohio. Following that, he’s going to drive down to Oklahoma, 13 and a half hours and just under 900 miles, back home. After that, Hovland says he’ll probably fly the rest of the PGA TOUR season.
One interesting stat too from Hovland’s driving is that he’s yet to be pulled over or ticketed, and that’s hard to do when you’ve got a deadline to meet. Regardless, that’s a pretty impressive feat for any player and we hope that Hovland keeps putting up good numbers despite all of the tiring travel.
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