Viktor Hovland withdraws from WM Phoenix Open; field still loaded with top players


Viktor Hovland has decided to withdraw from the Waste Management Phoenix Open following a poor performance at Pebble Beach.

He tied for 55th at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, carding two rounds of even par 72 during the second and third rounds. He shot a 3-under 69 on day one at Spyglass Hill, and thus finished 14 strokes behind winner Wyndham Clark.

The reigning FedEx Cup champion struggled with his irons and his wedges, as he ranked 78th out of 80 players in strokes gained approaching the green. He was 73rd in strokes gained around the green as well.

Knowing this, Hovland needed a week off to rest, recuperate, and practice, per Marius Thorp of Euro Sport Norges Golf. The Norwegian will work on his game in Florida before returning to competitive play at the Genesis Invitational, the third signature event of the season.

Victor Perez of France will replace Hovland in the field.

Still, the 2024 Waste Management Phoenix Open will feature six of the top 10 players in the world:

  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Wyndham Clark
  • Max Homa
  • Matt Fitzpatrick
  • Brian Harman

Scottie Scheffler, PGA Tour, WM Phoenix Open

Scottie Scheffler hits a tee shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the 2022 WM Phoenix Open.
Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images

This week’s event, which is always one of the most electric tournaments of the year, will also include numerous individuals who participated in last year’s Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome:

  • Jordan Spieth
  • Justin Thomas
  • Sam Burns
  • Rickie Fowler
  • Shane Lowry
  • Luke Donald
  • Zach Johnson

On top of that, plenty of other major champions will tee it up at TPC Scottsdale this week:

  • Hideki Matsuyama
  • Adam Scott
  • Stewart Cink
  • Lucas Glover
  • Gary Woodland

So, despite Hovland’s withdrawal, golf fans will still see a loaded field in the desert.

Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough for more golf coverage. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko as well.





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