At Number Three in the Official World Golf Ranking, his thoughts will undoubtedly be on claiming a first World Golf Championships title, a first Major Championship and the Harry Vardon Trophy in 2022.
But his focus at Austin Country Club is firmly on Will Zalatoris, against whom he needs to claim a half to advance from Group Three.
"You just think about winning the match tomorrow so you don't have to go into a play-off, but it gives you a little bit of a fall-back, I guess," he said of being guaranteed a play-off even if he should lose to Zalatoris.
"The mission is to win tomorrow and take care of business."
The mission is to win tomorrow and take care of business
Hovland was 4 Up by the turn as he made three birdies and holed out from 123 yards for an eagle on the par-four ninth.
Tringale birdied the 14th and Hovland bogeyed the next but two back was as close as the eliminated American would get.
In the other match in Group Three, Austria's Sepp Straka was a 4 & 2 winner over Zalatoris, making four birdies in a row from the third in a convincing win.
In Group 11, Justin Rose maintained his chances of making the last-16 with a 3 & 2 win over Jordan Spieth.
The Englishman birdied the sixth before bogeys from Spieth at the seventh and eighth put him 3 Up at the turn.
A birdie on the 13th put him 4 Up and he closed out victory three holes later.
Nice to get a point on the board today.. pic.twitter.com/jb1JGk1lbf— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) March 24, 2022
"It was a tough match," he said. "The golf course is just tricky, honestly, with this wind and the putting's not easy.
"Obviously saw Jordan miss a lot of putts today and I felt I didn't really have a lot of confidence over any putt because the wind's really playing a factor, the greens are a little crusty and fast."
Adam Scott takes a half-point lead into the final round of group matches after finishing All Square with Keegan Bradley, who won three of the last four holes.
In Group Six, Justin Thomas bounced back from defeat to Luke List on day one by beating Marc Leishman 5 & 4, while Kevin Kisner was a 1 Up winner over List.
Kisner sits top of the group with two wins but Thomas and List could still qualify, with Leishman eliminated.
In Group 14, the match between Kevin Na and Maverick McNealy finished All Square to leave the pair half a point ahead of Joaquin Niemann, who was a 2 & 1 winner over the eliminated Russell Henley.