In his eleventh PGA Tour skilled begin, Ludvig Åberg didn’t simply recover from the hump, he bulldozed by way of it.
The rookie fired back-to-back 61s on Saturday and Sunday to report a 29-under last rating and win the RSM Basic.
It was a record-breaking week for the previous Texas Tech Pink Raider as he fought off 2016 winner Mackenzie Hughes to win by 4 photographs.
“I felt like I used to be hanging the ball very properly all week. I’ve been hanging the ball fairly properly over the past couple of months,” Åberg stated. “It’s a kind of weeks the place the whole lot form of comes collectively… Mackenzie and I performed some actually good golf. He pushed me, and I believe I pushed him as properly. To make these few birdies when it issues could be very, very cool.”
These two 61s are the bottom closing 36 holes, by two photographs, ever in PGA Tour historical past.
“I don’t suppose I’ve ever shot back-to-back 61s, to be honest. In order that’s clearly one thing that I’ll in all probability by no means ever gonna do once more,” Åberg stated. “To do it right here at Sea Island taking part in Seaside golf course is one among my favorites — visually, it’s actually cool. I felt like I used to be taking part in properly, then form of bought all of it collectively when it mattered.”
Åberg performed so properly that he broke a number of information within the PGA Tour historical past books. He additionally destroyed the RSM’s 72-hole report by seven photographs, beforehand set at 22-under by Talor Gooch in 2021 and Kevin Kisner in 2015.
Åberg additionally tied for the bottom 72-hole whole in PGA Tour historical past at 253. He tied Justin Thomas’ 253 on the Sony Open in 2017.
The 24-year-old had the bottom 54-hole rating ever in rounds two by way of 4 with 186 strokes as properly.
Åberg wasted no time on Sunday. He birdied the primary gap to take a three-shot lead. He made one other on the 4th to assist battle off Hughes’ back-to-back birdies.
The Swedish golfer made two extra birdies on the par-4 fifth and par-3 sixth to go up by 4. Hughes didn’t lay off the rookie although. The Canadian made three straight birdies to make the flip at 30 strokes and path by two.
Åberg retaliated sinking birdies on 10 and 11, and it appeared like he would run away with the event. Hughes climbed again inside two as soon as once more after he made birdie on the tenth and twelfth himself. The Swede discovered the par-3 twelfth by making his first bogey of the week, however he refused to crumble.
It was his first bogey in 85 holes, courting again to the third spherical of the World Broad Know-how Championship in Mexico.
“I used to be conscious my first three rounds had been bogey-free, in order that bogey I made on 12 sucks,” he stated. “I simply attempt to keep the place my ft are, and such a cliché, however hit the following shot as greatest I can. It’s actually cool to sit down again and look again at these issues.”
He pulled a 4-iron out for the tee shot on 12 and gave it an excessive amount of juice.
“My tendency is to flare it out a bit bit to the suitable. It’s simply one among them dangerous swings. I used to be a bit bit in between golf equipment however tried to hit it exhausting and flared as much as the suitable,” he defined.
Whereas he was up by two heading into the ultimate two holes, his putt on 17 was crucial of the event.
“I hit it approach too exhausting, and it snapped on the finish and went in, however that was fairly cool,” Åberg stated. “It makes the 18th gap a bit bit extra stress-free. I believe I’m going to sleep properly on that one.”
The rookie had the event received however made the victory that a lot sweeter as he made a 19-foot birdie putt to shut it out.
This efficiency gave him his second win of the 12 months after he took residence the Omega European Masters on the DP World Tour. He’s additionally a victorious Ryder Cup member, the place he performed a pivotal function for the Europeans.
“It’s been a wild six months, nevertheless it’s been a lot enjoyable,” he stated. “I nonetheless pinch myself within the morning after I get up to understand that that is what I do for a job. It’s been a lot enjoyable. These experiences that I’ve had over the past six months has been past my goals and I’ll always remember it.”
It appears like just some months in the past he received the 2021 Jones Cup at Ocean Forest, and it looks as if yesterday that he was ending up his collegiate profession. Now he has punched his ticket into the Masters and PGA Championship subsequent 12 months. Since he ranks No. 53 within the FedEx Cup Fall rankings and is a part of the Subsequent 10, he will even get into the primary three Signature occasions of 2024.
Åberg is simply beginning his profession. This week, he despatched a message to the remainder of the PGA Tour. This begin to his profession mirrors Tiger Woods’, so should you didn’t know him earlier than this week, it’s best to get to know him now.
His season isn’t over but. Åberg will tee it up yet another time on the inaugural Grant Thornton Invitational alongside Madelene Sagstrom in Naples, Fla.
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