Viktor Hovland, 22, is the sole representative of Norway in the 2020 United States Open Championship. Including the Norwegian golfer, 144 players will compete in the 120th edition of the annual open national championship of golf in the U.S.
Hovland was born in Oslo, Norway on September 18, 1997. He attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA where he played college golf.
In 2019, Hovland competed in the 119th edition of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California, USA. In the same year, he made his professional golf debut in the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, USA.
Most recently, Hovland won the 2020 Puerto Rico Open at Grand Reserve Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. It was the Oklahoma State University alum’s first PGA Tour victory.
Norway has yet to have a U.S. Open champion. The annual golf competition was established in 1895.
The U.S. Open champions in the past five years were from the U.S. Jordan Spieth, 27, and Dustin “DJ” Johnson, 36, won in 2015 and 2016, respectively, Brooks Koepka, 30, won in 2017 and in 2018 and Gary Woodland, 36, won in 2019.
The 2020 U.S. Open will take place at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, USA from September 17–20, 2020. The last time the tournament was held there was in 2006 when Geoff Ogilvy, 43, of Australia won with a score of 5 over par.
Including and the U.S., 27 countries from six continents are represented. The others are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and Thailand.
Due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 144-player field consists entirely of exempt players. Professional golfers Daniel Chopra, 46, of Sweden and Anthony Kang, 47, of South Korea will co-host the golf tournament with former professional cricketer Jason de la Peña, 47, of England live on FOX Sports 2 from September 18-21, 2020.