The Norwegian spent his collegiate career at Oklahoma State University and the local Pokes fans were happy to see him teeing it up at Southern Hills Country Club.
"It was a lot of fun," he said. "Hearing a lot of 'Go Pokes' and 'Go Viktor' and a lot of good support out there, so that was fun.
"I was out of position a couple of times and instead of maybe letting that linger with the mood a little bit, when you hear people are rooting for you, it's kind of easy to snap out and refocus.
"It's been fun so far."
"It was a lot of fun. Hearing a lot of "Go Pokes" and "Go Viktor" and a lot of good support out there, so that was fun. I was out of position a couple times, when you hear people are rooting for you, it's kind of easy to snap out and refocus."#okstate | #golfschool pic.twitter.com/oGyCIp45a8— OSU Cowboy Golf (@OSUCowboyGolf) May 19, 2022
Hovland twinned a bogey and a birdie while also making 16 pars in his level-par effort, and believed he could have gone lower had he got the putter going.
"I would have liked to have made a couple more birdie putts," he said. "Certainly I had a few good looks that I didn't take advantage of but felt like I did a lot of good stuff today.
"I think my game is going in the right direction so hopefully I can play more along the same lines as I did today and just make a couple of key putts."