The Citizen (KZN)

Aberg confirmed as golf’s rising star

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Augusta – Swede Ludvig Aberg’s bid to become the only Major debutant to triumph at the Masters fell short on Sunday but his Major tournament performanc­e confirmed his status as the rising star in golf.

The 24-year-old finished second, four strokes behind winner Scottie Scheffler, after carding a final round 69, but he certainly won many admirers among the patrons at Augusta National and beyond.

And his performanc­e has filled Aberg with self-belief.

“Everyone in my position will want to be Major champions. They are going to want to be world No 1, and it’s the same for me, that’s nothing different,” he said.

“It has been that way ever since I picked up a golf club, and that hasn’t changed. So I think this week solidifies a lot of those things are there, and we just need to keep doing those things and put ourselves in positions to win tournament­s,” he said.

Aberg only turned profession­al in June 2023 after a stellar college and amateur career but has already made a big impact in the pro ranks.

He was a key component in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory over the United States last year when he and Victor Hovland defeated Scheffler and Brooks Koepka with a record 9 and 7 win.

That performanc­e came after his first pro win in the European

Masters in Switzerlan­d in September and two months later he had his maiden win on the PGA Tour at the RSM Classic.

Having risen to ninth in the world rankings, Aberg was seen as a contender at Augusta despite his lack of Major experience.

His second round of 69, when so many struggled in Friday’s high winds, put him in contention for the weekend but while he had to settle for runner-up spot – and a handy $2 160 000 – he also said he was able to soak up the experience.

“Playing here at Augusta National is a dream come true. Just to be in this situation and feel the nerves and feel the pressure is what you dream of,” he said. –

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