If you’d have taken the Ludvig Aberg story script to film makers they’d have laughed you out of the studios – yet here he is playing in a feature group at Wentworth just days after beating Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood on a Ryder Cup scouting mission.
The young Swede turned pro in June, won his first tournament 75 days later and was rewarded with a wildcard pick from Luke Donald into the European Ryder Cup spot.
It led to the 23-year-old being part of the European team that played Marco Simone this week on a scouting trip – where Aberg showed he may be a rookie but is capable of mixing it with the very best.
McIlroy said he was “really impressed” and called Aberg’s ball striking “incredible” – which came from the experience of losing to him in Rome.
“He’s good. He’s very good,” Aberg said of McIlroy. “But yeah, me and Viktor played a match against him and Tommy (Fleetwood). We winded up winning on the 16th hole which was fun. Me and Viktor beat them in best-ball. It was fun.
“Obviously his resume speaks for itself and what he’s done and did for the game is quite incredible, and to watch that first hand was pretty cool. I’m sure he’s going to do well.”
As with seemingly everything, Aberg takes everything in his stride in that cool, calm and collected manner that many Scandinavian golfers have exhibited down the years.
He does admit to nerves, but it’s the way he’s been handling his nerves that has made him stand out from the crowd in his embryonic pro career.
Beating Rory and Tommy in Rome? 👀 Not a bad day for Ludvig. pic.twitter.com/djFjGOD8NjSeptember 13, 2023
“Yes, I feel nervous,” he admitted. “I feel absolutely nervous. It would be weird if I didn’t. I try to view it as something good. It means that I care and it means that it shows that I want to do well.
“But you know, it’s also just being nervous doesn’t necessarily need to affect how you behave and how you get around on the golf course. I think that’s what I try to view it as, and obviously being in new situations is going to be a little bit different. It’s going to make your body react a little bit different.
“But I try to embrace it and try to have fun with it and play golf with a…