Red Dirt Diaries: The Torps Hunt For Viktor Hovland

Golf fans from around the country have descended on Tulsa. Some walking, others running to catch a glimpse of their favorite players.

Friday, May 20th 2022, 8:59 pm

By: Karl Torp


Golf fans from around the country are walking, running and standing on their tip toes to catch a glimpse of their favorite player at the PGA Championship in Tulsa.

That includes our own Karl Torp’s dad who feels a certain connection to one player in the field. 

Fredrik Torp is a huge fan of former Oklahoma State University golfer Viktor Hovland. 

Like Hovland, Fredrik came from Oslo, Norway to the U.S. but to a different OSU. Fredrik played tennis at Oregon State University.

That’s enough of a connection to constantly celebrate Viktor’s victories and always watch on the weekends when the young Norwegian is in contention. 

“Ever since he won the U.S. Amateur, I’ve been a great fan,” says Fredrik. 

With that in mind, Fredrik Torp went looking for another son of Norway, 54 years younger, to say “skol” at PGA Championship. 

Torp wore a T-shirt with the Norwegian flag on it to make sure he’d get Hovland’s attention. 

He met several other Norwegians at Southern Hill County Club and former OSU professors also hoping to say hello to a former student. 

Unfortunately, on Wednesday, the Torps never spotted Viktor Hovland. 

Instead, on the week of his 78th birthday, Fredrik Torp settled for an autograph from Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson. 

Stenson signed the Norwegian T-shirt and jokingly said to Fredrik, “Go Sweden.” 


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