Victor Hovland edged out Scotty Scheffler with a perfect nine defense to get the win

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OLYMPIA COURSES, IL - AUGUST 20: PGA golfer Victor Hovland plays his putt on the second hole during the final round of the BMW Fed Ex Cup Final Qualifier on August 20, 2023, at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

OLYMPIA COURSES, IL – AUGUST 20: PGA golfer Victor Hovland plays his putt on the second hole during the final round of the BMW Fed Ex Cup Final Qualifier on August 20, 2023, at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Ninth linebacker Victor Hovland at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday was absolutely stunning.

Hovland, who was four shots behind when he turned, charged down. He made a seven birdie on the backside and beat Scotty Scheffler with a clutch birdie at the end to win the BMW Championship.

Hovland hit a course-record 61 in his final innings, thanks to a 28-on-one back nine, and made 10 birdies on the day. This victory is the fifth in his career and his second this season. His jump to second place in the FedExCup standings heading into the Tour Championship next week in Eastlake as well.

“I don’t think I should think too long,” Hovland said on CBS. “It must definitely be the best tour I’ve played in given the circumstances… it’s very special.”

Max Homma advanced after a historic run on Friday. He scored an 8-under 62 in the second round, setting the track record at Olympia Fields and giving him a two-shot lead. He did it with two ghosts a day, too. But Huma held off on Saturday, thanks in large part to the early triple bogey, which opened the door for Scheffler and Matt Fitzpatrick.

Scheffler sent out an 8-under 64 on Saturday to take a share of the lead with Fitzpatrick at 11-under. It was his first time with at least a share of the lead after 54 holes since winning the Players Championship earlier this season. Scheffler made seven birdies that day, including one on the par-5 15th that he pitched with a wild driver just off the deck.

Scheffler picked up right where he left off on Sunday. He made two birds on his first three holes of the day – it was just a — and did the role with a share of the lead.

While Scheffler made three birdies and bogey on the first four holes in the backside, suddenly giving him a two-putt, Hovland was home-running a few groups early. He made three straight birdies on the turn, then joined Scheffler at 16 after sinking a nine-foot putt on the 17th.

Then on the 18th, Hovland was perfect. He stuck his approach about six feet from the cup and expertly bowled the ball, setting a new course record and giving him his first lead of the day.

As Hovland sat the clubhouse, Scheffler then missed the 17th – giving Hovland a two-shot lead and the win at the finish.

Scheffler finished second at 15-under. Fitzpatrick, who was finally blown away, finished third with 14-under-the-week. His recent bogey propelled Hovland into second place in the FedExCup standings, already handing Scheffler the number one spot. Rory McIlroy finished fourth at 12-under and Homma and Brian Harman each finished fifth at 11-under.

Hovland has won twice now this season, after winning the playoffs at Memorial Tournament in June. He didn’t miss a cut all season, going T13 at both the British Open and the FedEx St. Louis Championships. Jude in his last two matches. The 25-year-old entered the week ranked No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Tour Championship starting positions

The top 30 golfers in the FedExCup rankings qualify for next week’s Tour Championship in Eastlake, Atlanta. This tournament has the only amazing start on tour. And with his victory on Sunday in Chicago, he catapulted Hovland to second place in the standings.

That means Scheffler, despite missing the win, will start at 10-under next week, two shots above the rest of the field.

Here’s a look at the starting locations for next week’s season finale.

10-Under: Scotty Scheffler

8-under: Victor Hofland

7-Under: Rory McIlroy

6-Under: Jon Rahm

5-Under: Lucas Glover

4-Under: Max Homma, Patrick Cantlay, Brian Harman, Windham Clark, Matt Fitzpatrick

3-under: Tommy Fleetwood, Russell Henley, Keegan Bradley, Ricky Fowler, Xander Schaffele

2-under: Tom Kim, Sungjae Im, Tony Phino, Corey Conners, Se Woo Kim

1-under: Taylor Moore, Nick Taylor, Adam Schenck, Colin Morikawa, Jason Day

until: Sam Burns, Emiliano Grillo, Tyrrell Hatton, Jordan Spieth, Sepp Straka

This post will be updated with more information soon.

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