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Hovland ready to compete at the Masters

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STILLWATER, Okla. -- Viktor Hovland didn't grow up watching the Masters.

"The best memory I have from watching the full coverage of it was when Adam Scott won (2013)," Hovland said. "I'm sure I watched it before then, but it wasn't as big as it is here where everyone watches it."

Hovland is a junior at Oklahoma State. He helped lead the Pokes to the 2018 NCAA Championship and followed that up with U.S. Amateur Championship. The latter clinching his trip to the Masters becoming the first Norwegian born player to do so.

"I try not to put the bar that low, if that makes sense," Hovland said. "There's only been one guy (from Norway) on the PGA Tour that has had status. I try not to think about that too much, just trying to be a good player."

Hovland won't feel alone at the Masters. Four other former OSU golfers will join Hovland at Augusta, and his caddy will be OSU golf coach Alan Bratton.

"That's huge and that has helped him in these tour events that he has played," Bratton said. "He and Charles Howell have struck up a friendship, they actually have similar games. Rickie (Fowler), Charles, Hunter (Mahan) and Alex Noren have been real helpful. We'll see all those guys there."

"He's obviously caddied there before," Hovland said. "He knows a lot of people, he knows how everything works behind the scenes, so I take a lot of comfort from that. With coach (Bratton) I know I'll be OK."

Both ready for Thursday, and hopeful to see the weekend. 

"I still think if I play my game that I can beat those guys," Hovland said. "That's kind of the mindset you need going into those tournaments. You can't be awestruck forever."

"It never disappoints," Bratton said. "Just to walk around and be a spectator, don't ever turn down an opportunity to go there.  It's a great place whether you are a golfer or not."