Viktor Hovland withdrew from the US Open during the second round at Torrey Pines. And his cited reason was a reason not usually seen on tour.
The USGA announced that Hovland had pulled out due to an eye injury. However the NBC broadcast conveyed that the injury was due to sand in Hovland’s left eye.
The problem began prior to his second round as Hovland was warming up. A doctor attended to Hovland after his first hole but Hovland eventually deemed the pain was too much to continue.
At the time of his WD, Hovland was six-over after 10 holes. Coupled with an opening-round 74, Hovland was on his way to a missed weekend.
Hovland, 23, had made the cut in all six previous Major starts. This marks the first withdrawal in Hovland’s professional career.