After the opening spherical of the Omega European Masters in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, a well-known identify lurks on the high of the leaderboard.
That may be Ludvig Aberg, the 23-year-old Swedish phenom who carded a 6-under 64 for his opening spherical Thursday.
Fitzpatrick has had a powerful season and can absolutely signify the Europeans at subsequent month’s Ryder Cup in Rome, Italy.
Aberg may very well be there, too, because of his robust play as of late.
“All these [Ryder Cup] conversations are very flattering,” Aberg informed DP World Tour officers earlier than the Omega European Masters.
“I wouldn’t count on myself to be on this place this early on [in my career], to be trustworthy. However all I can do is attempt to put together for each match the very best I can.”
Curiously, Aberg has been paired with Edoardo Molinari and Nicolas Colsaerts throughout the first two rounds of the Omega European Masters.
Molinari and Colsaerts will function vice-captains at subsequent month’s Ryder Cup.
“It will imply the world,” Aberg mentioned of his Ryder Cup prospects. “As a teenager rising up in Europe, I watched the Ryder Cup for therefore a few years. It’s a dream come true if you happen to have been to be picked for it as soon as in your profession. So I might adore it, however it’s lower than me.”
The choice-makers, which embrace Molinari and Colsaerts, will need to have been impressed with Aberg’s play on Thursday.
However they should be impressed along with his final three months too.
Because the starting of June, when he made his PGA Tour debut on the RBC Canadian Open in Toronto, Aberg shockingly ranks first on the PGA Tour in strokes gained: off-the-tee, based on Justin Ray of The Athletic.
Strokes gained off-the-tee leaders on the PGA Tour since Ludvig Aberg’s professional debut on the Canadian Open (minimal 20 rounds):
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) August 31, 2023
Again on the Rocket Mortgage Basic in July, Aberg performed alongside Luke Donald, the captain of the 2023 European Ryder Cup crew.
“I received to play with him in Detroit a few months in the past,” Aberg mentioned. “That was the one time we’ve gotten to know one another a bit of bit higher.”
Donald was impressed by what he noticed, noting that Aberg will likely be a “celebrity” within the years to return. The Englishman additionally in contrast Aberg to McIlroy, noting the younger Swede’s driver is a “enormous weapon.”
Aberg has relied on his spectacular tee-ball to make 6-of-7 cuts on the PGA Tour this season. He even tied for 4th on the John Deere Basic.
He has parlayed that success to the DP World Tour, the place, final week, he tied for 4th on the D+D Actual Czech Masters, thus displaying the powers that be that he can deal with anybody on any course.
And but, Aberg is once more sitting in the direction of the highest of the leaderboard in Switzerland.
However this time, he hopes to interrupt by means of with a victory, which might seize the eye of Crew Europe’s captains much more.
“As soon as I’m on the golf course, I simply attempt to have enjoyable and hit as few pictures as I can,” Aberg added. “Then it’s as much as the captain and the vice captains and see what they wish to do.”