Rookie Phenom Shares Shocking Feat With Masters Champion

Ludvig Aberg, 2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational,(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Ludvig Aberg, 2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational,(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Young phenom Ludvig Aberg has a lot in common with 2023 Masters Champion Jon Rahm.

If you don’t know the name of PGA Tour rookie sensation Ludvig Aberg already, you will soon enough. Playing at this week’s 2023 Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit the phenomenal young talent stormed the field out of the gate and in the process joined this year’s Masters winner, Jon Rahm, as the only other player to accomplish this surprising feat.

The Imennsely talented 23-year-old was born and grew up in Sweden and played at the collegiate level at Texas Tech University. Aberg made history this year when he became the first player to earn his tour card courtesy of his finish in the PGA Tour University Ranking. 

It didn’t take long for Aberg to acclimate to his new surroundings. In his first two professional starts since earning his card, the Swede posted two top 25 finishes at both the RBC Canadian Open in his professional debut, and last week at the Travelers Championship where consecutive rounds of 65 helped him to achieve a T24 finish in Connecticut.

Aberg’s opening round at the Rocket Mortgage Classic was the third time he has recorded a round of 65 in his last five rounds on the PGA Tour. The opening-65 sees the young talent in early contention in the Motor City.

At an event where the majority of the field is posting birdies in bunches, things could have been even better for Ludvig if it weren’t for consecutive dropped shots to conclude an all-around sensational performance at Detroit Golf Club.

“And then at the end I went long of 8. Not very good, pretty difficult chip. And then a little
sloppy three-putt on the last. Stings a little bit to finish the way I did. I think right now it’s a
little bit disappointing, but when I get some perspective on it, I think I’ll be pretty OK with
that,” Aberg said after his round.

While his finish to the day may have stung after keeping a clean card up until that point, the path to an opening 65 was awfully impressive for Ludvig Aberg.

Ludvig Aberg hit 18/18 fairways and 17 GIR on Thursday.

Hitting all 18 fairways and 17 of 18 greens in regulation, all while averaging over 300 yards off the tee, sees Ludvig join elite company.

As Justin Ray alluded to, Aberg’s incredible round saw him join Masters winner Jon Rahm as the only other player this season to have recorded such startling numbers.

Of course, Ludvig Aberg is certainly no stranger when it comes to keeping good company with the two-time major champion. The 23-year-old joined Rahm in becoming the only other player to have won the Ben Hogan Award on multiple occasions. 

"“I will say my driver worked very well today. I hit a lot of fairways.”"

You can say that again. As for the lowest score, Ludvig Aberg has ever shot?

“I shot 13 under actually the day before the practice round for Nationals this year. We played it in Phoenix and I shot 13 under, so that was the lowest I’ve been,” Aberg said. “That was a 59 actually, yeah. That was pretty cool.”

Pretty cool indeed.

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At this rate, Ludvig will be quick to follow in Rahm’s footsteps. It appears as though there is no limit to his potential and the young phenom is only just getting started.