Invited by the sponsor of the tournament this week, the Swedish of Texas Tech, Ludvig Aberg, not only easily passed the cut of the very tough Arnold Palmer Invitational, but the one who now occupies second place in the world amateur ranking behind the American Gordon Sargent.
is on par with the best players in the world.
Ludvig Aberg, results
After two 70s on Thursday and Friday, Aberg came very close to making his third consecutive under par card. Only two bogeys on the last two holes of the demanding Bay Hill course forced the 23-year-old to settle for a 73 synonymous with 12th place in the standings 6 shots behind leader Kurt Kitayama.
Challenging the best on the big stage is nothing new for Aberg, who hails from Eslöv, Sweden. At the end of January in Dubai, he was at the head of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic, the second Rolex Series of the season, after a first day completed in 65!
It was his third DP World Tour tournament after appearances at Nordea Masters in 2018 and Scandinavian Mixed 2021. Alongside 43 of the world’s top 50 players, the academic is taking part in a “boosted” PGA Tour event for the first time and rubbing shoulders with the world’s elite does not seem to scare him.
No. 1 in the PGA Tour University rankings, Aberg arrived well-prepared thanks to a win in The Prestige at the PGA West course in La Quinta, Calif., last week. The PGA Tour became its own organization in 1968, when it split from the PGA of America, which is now primarily an association of golf professionals, such as instructors and club managers.
Tournament players first formed their own organization, the Association of Professional Golfers (APG). Later, in 1968, the players abolished the APG and agreed to operate as the PGA “Tournament Players Division”, a fully autonomous division of the PGA, overseen by a new 10-member Tournament Policy Board.
The name then officially changed to “PGA Tour” in 1975. In 1981, it had a marketing dispute with the PGA of America and decided to officially change its name. From the end of August of that year it becomes “TPA Tour”, which stands for “Tournament Players Association”.
The dispute was resolved within seven months and the name of the tour reverted to being “PGA Tour” in March 1982.