At Pebble Beach in August, he became the first Norwegian to win the US Amateur title and so earned a place in the starting field at Royal Portrush as well as exempt spots in the Masters and US Open.
Was very nearly part of the action at The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale and The 147th Open at Carnoustie.
First he missed out after a seven-hole sudden death play-off against Italian Luca Cianchetti in the 2016 European Amateur Championship and then in June 2018 he was part of a four-way tie for second in the same event, finishing one stroke behind Dane Nicolai Hojgaard.
His record also includes a closing 65 in The Eisenhower Trophy in 2016 - it helped Norway to a best-ever fifth place – and after joining Oklahoma State University he was a member of their winning side in the 2018 NCAA Championship.
Entered the US Amateur ranked fifth in the world and lifted the trophy after a 6&5 win over American Devon Bling in the 36-hole final.
Between 1912 and 2004 there was not a single European winner, but since then there has been Edoardo Molinari, Richie Ramsay, Matthew Fitzpatrick and now Hovland.