This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
It was a Thursday morning just like any other for Viktor Hovland. He was on the range at El Camaleon Golf Club preparing to play in a golf tournament. Well, it was just like any other Thursday morning until his driver, the most important club in his bag, suddenly broke beyond repair. Someone else did it and it was accidental. But still, he didn't have a replacement.
Not exactly the best way to begin a title defense.
But in a remarkable bit of good fortune, Hovland was able to borrow a driver quite similar to his Ping G425. And, perhaps even more remarkable, he played better than he did last year, rolling to a record-setting four-stroke win over local favorite Carlos Ortiz in what is now officially known as the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba.
Hovland's 23-under total bettered his winning score from a year ago by three strokes and broke the tournament record of 22-under set by Matt Kuchar three years ago.
This was Hovland's third PGA Tour win and fourth worldwide since turning pro, and he's back to 10th in the world rankings, equaling his personal best.
Here's what happened on Thursday morning.
Hovland lent his Ping G425 to Danny Lee, who was working on speed drills on the range. Lee unleashed a mighty lash and, boom, the next thing you know it was destroyed. Hovland had another head with him, but not a shaft.
"It was just in pieces," Hovland told reporters on the