Ludvig Aberg is sticking around in Hawaii for a couple weeks. He’s making his Sony Open debut coming off a T-47th finish at The Sentry. A Saturday 77 spoiled what was otherwise a decent week at Kapalua. Aberg turned it around to close with a 10-under 63 in the final round.
It’s rare to see Aberg not in the mix late in a tournament. The former amateur prodigy is already twice a winner as a pro with a DP World Tour victory at the Omega European Masters and a PGA Tour victory to close 2023 at the RSM Classic.
The Swede’s result at The Sentry snapped a streak of seven straight finishes inside the top 14 among the two tours.
As we’ve all seen, Aberg is a world-class driver. Even in a poor finish last week, he was seventh in the field in total driving. Last season, the Texas Tech alum was second on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee (.982) and first in total driving.
He was 10th in SG: Total (1.507) despite finishing outside the top 100 in SG: Approach.
Aberg isn’t afraid of the big moment. Despite not having played in a major championship, Aberg thrived at the Ryder Cup where he helped the Europeans to a victory on home soil.
He’s not afraid to go low, either. While the RSM Classic will never be confused with a U.S. Open, Aberg shooting back-to-back 61s at Sea Island was still quite something to behold.
It’ll now be interesting to see how he handles the week-in and week-out routine of the PGA Tour grind. He’s going to be seeing a lot more courses for the first time.
However, talent travels. Aberg’s got loads of that to work with.