The John Deere Classic has made a name for itself annually hosting plenty of golf’s rising stars.
Big names like Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau earned their first career PGA Tour wins at this event. It’s plenty possible that young gun Ludvig Aberg can follow in their footsteps as he prepares to make his tournament debut.
After a standout collegiate career at Texas Tech where he won eight times in his career and was the No. 1 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for dozens of weeks, he finished No. 1 in this season’s PGA Tour U standings. That grants him full playing status for the remainder of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season.
The 23-year-old Swede has shown nicely in his brief pro career, claiming T-25th at the RBC Canadian Open, T-24th at the Travelers Championship, and T-40th last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
In fact, he’s made all six cuts on the PGA Tour in 2023 with the first two coming as an amateur. Aberg has yet to contend for a win, but he’s gaining valuable experience against stronger fields than what he’ll see this year at TPC Deere Run. He was in the mix through 36 holes in Detroit before falling back.
Aberg doesn’t have enough rounds logged this season to qualify for statistical rankings. If he did, he’d rank 22nd in strokes gained per round on approach (.497) and 34th in SG putting (.409).
Aberg’s got good length off the tee and is a fairly well-rounded player when he’s clicking.
All the skills are there. He just needs to settle in and adjust to life on the big stage.
"“You know, at the end of the day I know what I’m capable of and I know that I can hit the golf shots, but you’ve got to be able to handle everything else kind of in this new setting for me,” Aberg was transcribed by Tee Scripts last week. “So far I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job of that. I’m just trying to do my best and try to embrace it as good as I can and see where that takes me.”"