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Oh my, Åberg: Ludvig provides glimpse of good future

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The subsequent few years in skilled golf promise to be a boon for the pronunciation business, because of Ludvig Åberg (pronounced LOOD-vig OH-behr).

Åberg, who was enjoying simply his 11th PGA Tour occasion as a member on the fall-ending RSM Traditional, is from Lubbock, Texas, through Eslöv, Sweden (pronounced ES-lov) and has been on an accelerated studying curve since he exited Texas Tech for the skilled ranks in Might.

He completed tied for fourth in his fourth begin as a professional on the John Deere Traditional, received his ninth begin on the European Masters and on Sunday at idyllic Sea Island (Ga.) Resort, he lapped defending champion Adam Svensson (pronounced SVEN-sin) by 10 pictures and he was 4 away from previous champion and this yr’s runner-up, Mackenzie Hughes.

As spectacular as Åberg was finally month’s Ryder Cup, the place he teamed 3 times with fellow phenom Viktor Hovland on his solution to a 2-2-0 report for the successful aspect, his play over the ultimate two days on the RSM Traditional is the stuff of statements.

The 24-year-old made only one bogey all week – at No. 12 Sunday that ended a run of 85 consecutive bogey-free holes, relationship to his final begin on the World Large Know-how Championship – and closed with rounds of 64-61-61 to set a brand new Tour report for lowest 54-hole rating. He additionally tied the Tour’s 72-hole scoring mark and shattered the event scoring report by seven strokes.

“I don’t assume I’ve ever shot back-to-back 61s, to be truthful. In order that’s clearly one thing that I’ll in all probability by no means ever going to do once more,” stated Åberg, who has a real reward for understatement.

Whereas there’s all the time a hazard of overstating Åberg’s maiden Tour victory, given the watered-down fall fields, even probably the most short-sighted prisoner of the second can be justified given the Swede’s machine-like output and statistical masterpiece. He was first within the area in strokes gained: off the tee and strokes gained: tee to inexperienced, and fourth in strokes gained: placing.

“He’s type of the modern-day participant,” defined Hughes, who performed the ultimate 36 holes paired with Åberg. “No. 5 (a 407-yard par 4 that wraps dramatically across the marsh) might be the true instance of that. I’m enjoying left of that bunker and he flies it on the inexperienced and two-putts for birdie. Tremendous spectacular shot to not solely hit it lengthy however to hit that straight. Yeah, he’s acquired the entire package deal.”

It’s these attributes that satisfied European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald to select him for this yr’s matches regardless that he’d by no means performed in a serious championship and was, regardless of a cupboard stuffed with trophies and awards from faculty, very a lot an unproven skilled commodity.

Having spent greater than 20 years competing in opposition to equally gifted gamers in each Europe and the US, Peter Hanson, the seven-time-European-tour-winner-turned-coach/mentor, instantly acknowledged the DNA.

“The way in which he drives the ball is among the many finest within the recreation – you’ve acquired Rory [McIlroy] and Scottie [Scheffler] who’re proper up there as nicely, however he appears to be like so snug standing on a tee,” Hanson stated. “You’ll be able to tackle quite a lot of golf programs with that power.”

As a research in perfectionism, it was telling when Åberg was requested what space of his recreation he wants to enhance – his wedge recreation, he stated. But, he had simply two method pictures over 150 yards on the closing 9 over the ultimate two rounds and performed these holes in 10 beneath par.

However even six months into his professional profession it’s clear that Åberg – who’s relocating from Lubbock, Texas, to Tallahassee, Florida, to “lease a room” from fellow Swede Vincent Norrman – is greater than the sum of these gifted components.

Though he’s the prototype with all of the instruments, there’s extra to Åberg than an athletic body with limitless energy that’s drawn lofty comparisons to Adam Scott’s motion. There’s a considerate and introspective aspect that bellies each his age and his skills.

“My tendency is to get extra caught previously extra so than the long run. I are likely to get extra upset and annoyed with myself extra so than getting indignant. I by no means get indignant, however I do get upset and that type of lingers,” defined Åberg, who admitted that on these uncommon events when he does get indignant on the course, expletives circulation in Swedish. “I believe this week I did a very good job of letting that go.

“Though coming down the final couple holes, clearly all these eventualities are working by my head of what’s it going to appear like on 18, what’s Mackenzie going to do, is he going to cost me. I simply anticipated him to make quite a lot of birdies, which compelled me to make birdies as nicely.”

It’s that potential for self-reflection and private enchancment that made final month’s Ryder Cup one thing of a seminal second for Åberg. Being a Ryder Cup rookie is one factor. Enjoying a Ryder Cup earlier than you’ve performed a serious championship is an unprecedented leap.

“Should you haven’t performed majors and been uncovered to that type of stress, clearly I knew his recreation was ok to play Ryder Cup. It was quite a lot of work to attempt to put together him mentally,” Hanson stated. “It’s inconceivable to organize for each angle of a Ryder Cup. You must be taught by going alongside.”

It was an identical story on Sunday on the Seaside Course. After retaining any potential challengers at bay with seven birdies by 11 holes, his first hiccup of the week gave the pack a glimmer of hope, nonetheless faint.

Hughes loomed simply two pictures again after the 12th gap, however Åberg answered with a textbook birdie on the par-5 15th gap and rattled in a 26-footer at No. 17 to make his first Tour victory stroll up the 72nd gap about as stress-free as they arrive.

There was a uncommon flash of emotion when he was launched because the “champion” (no pronunciation required), but when U.S. followers battle with Åberg’s identify – and it’s one to get used to – his father supplied an alternate at Marco Simone, the place he defined that younger Åberg glided by Luda (like Ludacris, the rapper).



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