Aberg Not Near As Legendary As Buddy Holly But Give The Swedish-Born Texan Time

….. Emirates Club, Dubai

Ludvig Aberg was born in Sweden and speaks with a very American accent.

He stands at some 6 foot 4 inches tall, making him a tall Texas resident and while residing in the city of Lubbock, and the birthplace of rock-and-roll legend Buddy Holly, Aberg is doing his small bit to become one of the city’s famed golfers.

Aberg, 23, is contesting this week’s Hero Dubai Desert Classic thanks to a sponsor’s invitation and he’s well-and-truly rewarded sponsors with rounds of 73 and 65 to be assured of playing all four rounds of the $US 9m event.

Ludvig Aberg – Swedish-born Texan making his present shown in Dubai (Photo – @TourMiss)

In fact, Aberg had been afforded an invitation to contest the event last year but with Covid restrictions that was not possible.

Of course, being an amateur we know that he’s not entitled to prize money but then the experience in teeing-up in a tournament featuring the current World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and others such as Masters champ and fellow Texan Patrick Reed is invaluable.

Though that will all change with Aberg revealing after his second round that he intends to turn professional.

In looking at his amateur career Aberg looks to have the proper credentials to take that next big step in his career.

Aberg rose to No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking in September 2022, after becoming No. 1 in the European Amateur Golf Ranking in April 2021. He was part of the Swedish team winning the 2019 European Amateur Team Championship and was runner-up at the 2021 European Amateur.

In 2022, Åberg was named the Ben Hogan Award winner, as the best college player in the United States, and representing Texas Tech University, located in Lubbock, as we mentioned he now lives.

He arrived in Dubai proudly caddying his Texas Tech golf bag and has been enjoying every moment, even though it took some two-and-a-half days for him to complete his second round.

“It’s been fun”, he said. “There are quite a few people from my hometown here this week, so to have their support is really cool. The first couple holes scared me a little bit because of the noise but obviously it was really cool to feel the energy and see some good crows.

“They know that is what they want to see and you want to be able to, because I know what I can do and I know that playing well leads to those kinds of score. I’m not really thinking about it too much but obviously super happy and really cool to see my name up there.

“However, teeing-up here in a DP World Tour event, if I say I’m not nervous, I’d be lying but it’s also a good thing to be nervous because that means that you care and it means that you’re doing something right, so I’ll just try to benefit off of it instead of freaking out.

“So, it’s really cool to be here and it’s really cool to play well and hopefully keep it up.”

The immediate future of Aberg is to finish as high as he can in Monday’s first-ever finish to this event before he says the move in June to the professional ranks.

“I’ll be turning pro in the summer, so I’ll have one more semester in school, so I’m excited to get done with that,” he said.

“Then obviously because I got a spot through the PGA Tour University rankings, I’ll play a little more in the summer. They announced that you could get your PGA Tour card straight out of school which I’m looking at and keeping my eyes on, so hopefully I can keep playing well over the spring.

“Though I’m not thinking about changing too much. I feel like if I do the preparations that I know are good for me, kind of see where that takes me but I’m not going to change a whole lot.

“Though all I am thinking about now, and after three long days, is to head back to the hotel and try to get some sleep today. I didn’t get too much last night”.





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