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Viktor Hovland has emerged as one of golf’s most exciting young players – but who is his caddie?

Viktor Hovland’s caddie is a veteran bagman called Shay Knight, who has worked with a number of PGA Tour stars across his career.

Knight has been working with Hovland ever since the Norwegian turned professional in 2019, with the duo celebrating five PGA Tour titles together already.

Hovland shared a warm embrace with Knight on the 18th green after winning the 2023 Memorial Tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus, following a dramatic playoff with Denny McCarthy.

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It was the biggest win of Hovland’s career and Knight has been with the youngster every step of the way from his rookie season on tour to becoming a nailed on member of the European Ryder Cup team.

The duo then celebrated another incredible victory at the 2023 BMW Championship after his sensational final round 61 to win by two shots at Olympia Fields in Chicago.

Hovland did have his Oklahoma State college coach Alan Bratton as his bagman before turning pro, but turned to the experienced Knight as he sought a more permanent looper.

Knight, who is Australian, was well known on tour after working with players such as Martin Laird, Matt Jones and Chez Reavie.

But Knight inadvertently had Rickie Fowler to thank for securing such a lucrative bag with Hovland.

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Fowler’s caddie Joe Skovron contacted Knight about the possibility of caddying full time for Hovland after they had met at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in 2018.

“Joe called me,” Knight recalled when speaking to The Caddie Network. “It was no secret that Viktor would be turning pro at some point this year.

“Like Viktor, Rickie went to OSU – there’s a strong contingent of OSU guys on the PGA Tour and most are represented by the Wasserman Media Group, including Rickie and Viktor now.

“Joe asked me if I’d have any interest in caddying for Viktor when the decision to turn pro was official and my answer, obviously, was yes.”

Hovland has reached a high of third in the world rankings and has challenged in multiple major championships with the help of Knight, before competing together at the 2023 Ryder Cup.

Despite making controversial changes to his coaching setup in the build up to the 2024 Masters, Hovland’s caddie is one constant that has remained.

So far!

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