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Predicting first-time major championship winners for 2024

2023 RSM Classic

Ludvig Aberg poses for a photo with the trophy after winning The RSM Classic on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort on November 19, 2023 in St Simons Island, Georgia. (Photo by Alex Slitz/Getty Images)

It’s difficult not to keep riding this Ludvig Aberg train.

He earned his first professional win on the DP World Tour just a couple of weeks before becoming the first Ryder Cupper who hadn’t yet played in a major. In November, he verified his PGA Tour credentials with a win in the regular-season finale.

Ranked 3,064 in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of 2022, he has zoomed up to 32nd on the strength of those victories as well as three other top-10s in five FedEx Cup Fall series events.

He’s just 24, about eight years younger than the average age of major champions, but he is already one of those guys lingering around the top page of the leaderboard on the weekends.

Aberg doesn’t seem like the type to be awestruck and while his first trips around Augusta National (Masters), Valhalla (PGA Championship), Pinehurst (U.S. Open) and Royal Troon (Open Championship) in 2024 will be eye-opening, there’s just this feeling he’ll defy history and find a way to come out on top in one of them.

— Todd Kelly


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