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Despite the $18M Heroic Victory, FedEx Cup Champ Viktor Hovland Humbly Divulges Money’s Importance– ‘I Don’t Need a Lot to Live…’

Published 08/27/2023, 10:59 PM EDT

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The 2023 FedEx Cup is over after three consecutive weeks of fierce competition, and it was Viktor Hovland who emerged victorious in beautiful fashion. Other than the pride and honor that comes with the title, also comes with a hefty paycheck. The FedEx Cup’s final event, the Tour Championship, was a $75 million race, out of which the winner got $18 million

The hefty sum is indeed a lot of money, and Hovland might have some plans to spend it! Or he might not be. When questioned about it, the Norwegian golfer had a very humble, yet witty response about what he will do with money. 

Viktor Hovland spills the beans about his FedEx Cup paycheck 

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After the third round of the event, Norway’s very own golfer shared that it would mean a lot to him to win the tournament and write his name alongside the greats. He apparently was not lying and came into the course with sheer determination during the final round. Hovland’s bogey-free 7 under round nudged him towards a beautiful victory at East Lake. 

Hovland birdied the final three holes to win by five strokes on 27 under and defeat Xander Schauffele. The 25-year-old collected his check for a whopping $18 million and went ahead for his winning interview. An interviewer asked him an intriguing question about the relevance of money playing, and the golfer had a humble response for him.

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He answered affirmatively and said, “It’s a lot of cash you’re playing for.” He continued his answer and said that money takes a back seat in his mind. Talking about his situation in Oklahoma, Hovland said, “Money goes a long ways there. It’s not like I’m spending money out the wazoo every week.”

Talking about his own needs, he said that likes to live in the simple sense and does not like going out of his way with money. “I don’t need a lot to be happy. I don’t need a lot to live within my means.” Well, it is clear that money does not drive the young Norwegian golfer and is just an added bonus of winning for him. But he did also talk about the benefit of winning such hefty purses.  

Hovland shares the positive side of winning hefty winning checks

As per the golfer, money is not what drives him to play and give his best. He mentioned while answering the question and said, “It’s not something that drives me, it’s not something that gives me meaning.”

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The 2023 FedEx Cup champion likes to find meaning in different things. The golfer was well aware that money may not be something that drives him, but it is an important ordeal, “Obviously with how society works, money is something you need.”

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The positive side of winning huge amounts is that it is a nice feeling for him and his family to have that added layer of protection. The protection money offers is not limited to his current family but also extends to the family he may create one day, such as his “eventual kids,” that he’ll have in the future. 

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We extend our hearty congratulations to Hovland for his second consecutive victory in two weeks. Tune in to find out how things unravel for him in his next challenge, the 2023 Ryder Cup. 

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Riya Singhal

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