Ludvig Aberg Player Profile And What's In The Bag
SWEDISH sensation Ludvig Aberg gave European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald plenty to think about when he shot a final round of 64 to win the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre by two strokes.
There has been considerable noise surrounding Aberg since he turned professional in the summer after reaching the top of the amateur golf world rankings. He has played in just a handful of tournaments as a pro but finished fourth at the Czech Masters last week, and there have been many people urging Donald to pick him.
Former US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick was the 54-hole leader and stayed in front for most of the day before falling back into a tie for third place with Scotland’s Connor Syme. But he did enough to secure his place as an automatic selection for the team. Robert MacIntyre also secured his place despite finishing well down the field.
Alexander Bjork, another on the fringes of Ryder Cup selection closed with a 66 to end the week in second place.
Aberg recovered from bogeying his opening hole to fire seven birdies - including four in a row from the 14th - in a final-round 64 that saw him end on 19 under.
A tee shot to five feet at the eighth and a delicate up-and-down on the ninth saw Aberg turn in 33, although he still had work to do to catch Fitzpatrick at that stage.
Four successive pars on the inward nine looked to have ended his chances, but Aberg had other ideas as he cashed in on the back-to-back par-five 14th and 15th, rolled in a 15 footer on the 16th and stiffed his approach to tap-in range at the 17th.
“I don't even know where to start, it's a pretty surreal feeling to be honest,” Aberg said. “Obviously super, super happy. I've always had that belief that I've been able to do it, but to do it is pretty cool.
“I made a nice six, seven footer on 14 and that was a big moment for me. I needed to take care of the par fives and I did today.”
Ludvig Aberg was born on October 31, 1999 in Eslov, Sweden, where he learnt to play golf.
He won the Swedish Teen Golf order of merit in 2016 and the leading individual at the European Boys Championship in 2017 and was a member of the winning team at the 2019 European Amateur Team Championship. He won the Fairhaven Trophy in 2017 and was third at the 2018 Junior Golf World Cup.
In 2019 he was runner-up at the African Amateur Strokeplay Championship.
In 2021 he won the Jones Cup invitational in Georgia and became Europe’s top-ranked amateur. He was runner-up at the 2021 European Amateur and made the cut at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship, a PGA Tour event. In 2022 Aberg was named the Ben Hogan Award winner as the best college golfer in the United States and he won it again in May 2023. He also made the cut at the 2023 Dubai Desert Classic and finished tied 24th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
He turned professional in 2023 and gained full status on the PGA Tour by finishing on top of the national University Rankings, becoming the first player to earn this advantage. He was the world’s leading amateur at the time.
Aberg made his debut as a professional in June 2023 at the Canadian Open, where he made the cut and finished in a tie for 25th place. In July he finished in a tie for fourth at the John Deere Classic.
His first start on the DP World Tour came at the Czech Masters, where he also finished in a tie for fourth place after a final round 66.
He started the European Masters in 186th place in the Race to Dubai and ranked 200th in the world. His win at Crane-sur-Sierre takes him to 49th in the Race to Dubai.
Omega European Masters - 1st
Czech Masters - T4th
Wyndham Championship - T14th
3M Open - T64th
Scottish Open - CUT
John Deere Classic - T4th
Rocket Mortgage Classic - T40th
Travelers Championship - T24th
RBC Canadian Open - T25th
Valspar Championship - T61st
Driving Distance - 317 Yards
Driving Accuracy - 63.29%
Greens in Regulation - 68.95%
Sand Saves - 40.63%
Putts Per Round - 28.74
Scoring Average - 69.29
Driver: TSR2 9.0 Driver | Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X
3-Wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 With 15° loft, With Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 8 X Shaft
Irons: 718 T-MB 2 Iron | KBS Tour 130 X & T100 4-9 Irons | KBS Tour 130 X
Wedges: Vokey Design SM9 46.10F, 50.08, 54.10S, WedgeWorks 60V | KBS Tour 130 X
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Versa
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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