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Friendship Goals: Viktor Hovland Caddies for Pal Hours After Memorial Win
- Viktor Hovland caddied for his friend, Zach Bauchou at a U.S. Open qualifier on Monday
- Hovland’s good deed came just hours after he won the Memorial Tournament in a playoff
- Bauchou asked his famous golfer friend to caddy for him days before the start of the Memorial
Viktor Hovland showed he is not just a great golfer, but also a great friend.
The newly-minted Memorial champion made good on his promise to carry the bag for his former Oklahoma State roommate, Zach Bauchou at a U.S. Open qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday.
Hovland was spotted at The Lakes Golf & Country Club just hours after his stunning victory at Muirfield Village.
He claimed his fourth PGA Tour title after defeating Denny McCarthy in a playoff to win the Memorial Tournament.
The Norwegian shot a 70 in the final round and parred the first extra hole to capture the victory at Jack Nicklaus’ event.
Hovland goes full caddie mode
There was no grand celebration for Hovland the day after his win, as he went full caddie mode for Bauchou on 'Golf’s Longest Day'.
The final qualifiers for the U.S. Open take place on the Monday following the Memorial Tournament, and Bauchou was there looking to seal a spot in the year’s third major tournament.
A total of 878 players competed for 64 spots in this year’s U.S. Open, which will be staged for the first time at Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course.
According to Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis, Hovland and Bauchou had dinner on Tuesday night in Columbus before the start of the Memorial Tournament.
While having a meal together, Bauchou asked his close pal if he would be open to caddying for him in Monday’s qualifier.
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Hovland is a great friend
Bauchou may have been a good luck charm to Hovland, who won $3.6 million after capturing the Memorial Tournament later that week, per Associated Press.
The 25-year-old Norwegian stayed true to his word even after claiming one of golf’s biggest prizes.
Hovland was spotted by fans getting yardages for his buddy Zach and cleaning his golf clubs to help him in the qualifier.
Bauchou failed to qualify after shooting rounds of 72 and 76, but he and his friend Hovland shared an experience they will never forget.
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