Known as the ‘Smiling Assassin’, Viktor Hovland was the low amateur at both the 2019 Masters and U.S. Open, and it was no surprise given the position he finds in his swing.
The Norwegian’s had a roaring start to his career at such a young age and this can largely be attributed to his physical awareness. As an amateur, he won a scholarship from the Norwegian Golf Federation and was helped along the way by performance coach Kim Røtnes Jensen, who applied his athlete-first philosophy on Hovland. “With all my players, Viktor included, I look at them as athletes,” said Jensen. “Not as golfers, tennis or soccer players. I want to coach them in every aspect of what the body is capable of — that will help them in the future in any sport.”
The Ryder Cup star was already a gifted athlete complete with good mobility, stability and strength thanks to a multisport background in handball, soccer and taekwondo before visiting Jensen.