At time of writing, Ludvig Aberg is still slated to compete at the Sanderson Farms Championship. His teammate on last week’s victorious European Ryder Cup team, Nicolai Hojgaard, withdrew. He likely wanted a little time to celebrate, and could you blame him?
Although it must be tempting to skip the transatlantic flight to the U.S., it would behoove Aberg to play. He has his card for next season on the PGA Tour but is not exempt into the signature events.
Aberg has impressively worked his Official World Golf Rank up to No. 79 in less than four months since graduating from Texas Tech. Still, the top-50 has to be the goal to get into the 2024 major championships.
Aberg was the first player to compete in a Ryder Cup before playing in his first major.
The 22-year-old Swede held his own at Marco Simone. He finished with a 2-2-0 record with a pair of foursomes victories with fellow Scandinavian, Viktor Hovland. Hovland was the stronger of the duo, but Aberg contributed. Playing four matches as a rookie was a good show of confidence from captain Luke Donald.
Aberg won last month on the DP World Tour at the Omega European Masters. He already had a good chance at receiving a captain’s pick, but that sealed the deal. Aberg finished top-10 in his last three starts on the DP World Tour.
Since turning pro in June, Aberg has made six of seven cuts with five top-25s, including T-4th at the John Deere Classic.
He’s already drawing rave reviews for his driving prowess. He’s long and straight in robotic fashion. The rest of his game has a little ways to go to play at the top level in the world, but he’s already got an elite skill set.
He doesn’t even have to be perfect off the tee at a place like Country Club of Jackson where length and rolling the rock on speedy Bermuda greens is key.
Fortunately for Aberg, he got familiar putting on Bermuda last week in Rome.