Winner's Bag

The clubs Viktor Hovland used to win the 2023 Memorial Tournament

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Denny McCarthy headed to the 72nd hole bogey-free for the day, clutching a one-shot lead looking for his first PGA Tour win. A bogey at the last, however, led to a playoff with Viktor Hovland, and when McCarthy bogeyed the 18th again, Hovland made a seven-footer for par (capping an impressive two-putt from 57 feet) to take the title.

Hovland’s final-round 70 included a back-nine 33 that included a 27-foot birdie putt on 17 and then a sporty par save at the last that included a nervy five-footer for par. Impressive stuff for a player known for not always being sharp with his short game or putting. In fact, Hovland noted after the third round that he was “just a little disappointed with some of the short game shots that I hit today.”

Hovland was solid in most facets of his game, including ranking T-15 in driving distance at 317.3 yards with his 9-degree Ping G425 LST driver with a Fujikura Speeder TR 661-TX shaft that measures 45.75 inches.

G430 MAX / G430 SFT /  G430 LST / G430 HL
G430 MAX / G430 SFT / G430 LST / G430 HL

WHAT IT DOES: The engineers at Ping like to say, “We don’t really drop things that tend to be working.” The G430 line continues to employ a heavy dose of forgiveness, stability and the aerodynamic efficiencies of turbulator ridges on the crown. But the G430 lineup further amplifies an ultra-forgiving design by introducing an improved variable-thickness face pattern and structural support for more energy transfer at impact. 

WHY WE LIKE IT: Ping gets ample credit for the big things, like its clubhead stability, but it does the little things well, too. The G430’s face curvature, with less loft on the lower portion of the face, reduces spin so that weaker shots fly more efficiently. Read more>>>

G430 MAX $600, G430 SFT $600, G430 LST $630, G430 HL $600

But it was his putting where Hovland excelled, ranking third in strokes gained/putting, gaining more than six shots on the field. Hovland’s putter is a Ping PLD DS72 prototype that has a stepless 36-inch shaft and 2.5 degrees of loft.

A clutch putter always plays well, as Hovland discovered once again at Muirfield Village Golf Club for his fourth victory on the PGA Tour.

The clubs Viktor Hovland used to win the 2023 Memorial Tournament

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Driver: Ping G425 LST (Fujikura Speeder TR 661-TX), 9 degrees

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth Plus, 15 degrees

7-wood: Ping G430 Max, 20.5 degrees

Irons (4-PW): Ping i210

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (50, 56 degrees); Ping Glide 2.0 (60 degrees)

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