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Viktor Hovland aces par-four fifth as Europe’s players prepare for the Ryder Cup

Europe’s Viktor Hovland holed his tee shot on the par-four fifth at Marco Simone (Mike Egerton/PA)
Europe’s Viktor Hovland holed his tee shot on the par-four fifth at Marco Simone (Mike Egerton/PA) Europe’s Viktor Hovland holed his tee shot on the par-four fifth at Marco Simone (Mike Egerton/PA)

Norway’s Viktor Hovland warmed up for Friday’s start of the Ryder Cup by holing his tee shot at the par-four fifth hole at Marco Simone in Rome.

Unfortunately for the world number four it was only a practice round and it was his second attempt at going for the green on the 300-plus yard hole which is guarded by water.

The 24-year-old had fanned his first attempt pin-high into the right rough and reloaded with his three-wood and landed the ball on the green.

He turned away to walk back to his bag only to see the ball roll into the hole followed by loud cheers, him tossing his club away, playing partner Matt Fitzpatrick jumping on his back and fellow team-mate Tyrrell Hatton struggling to contain his laughter.