2023 Omega European Masters Recap

2023 Omega European Masters Recap

Matt Fitzpatrick led the 2023 Omega European Masters nearly wire-to-wire, but Ludvig Aberg caught fire on the back nine at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switerzland to win his first DP World Tour event in just the Swede’s sixth start. 

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Ludvig Aberg Gets First DP World Tour Win in Sixth Start

Aberg recorded four consecutive birdies on holes 13 through 17, and Fitzpatrick also helped out the 23-year-old by posting bogeys in three of the final four holes. 

In the end, Aberg shot a 6-under 64 on his way to a total of 261 (-19) for the tournament. After a 69, Fitzpatrick wound up in third place, three shots behind Aberg. Fellow Swede Alexander Bjork wound up in second place at -17.

For Aberg, it’s the latest highlight in what has been a quick ascent for the former World’s No. 1 amateur golfer. On the U.S. PGA Tour, Aberg debuted with a top-25 against an elite field at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and had a fourth-place finish at the John Deere Classic in July. 

Fitzpatrick Earns Ryder Cup Berth Despite Loss

This event had plenty of implications for the European team at the upcoming Ryder Cup in Italy. While Matt Fitzpatrick did not pick up his third victory in this tournament—which would’ve tied Seve Ballesteros’ record at three European Masters titles—the 2022 U.S. Open champion did qualify for Luke Donald’s team that will compete against the United States at Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome. 

Also automatically qualifying was Robert MacIntyre, who finished 55th this week. Fitzpatrick (third appearance) and MacIntyre (debut) join Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland, and Tyrrell Hatton as automatic qualifiers. Tommy Fleetwood was bumped from the list, but he’ll surely get one of Donald’s six captain’s picks.

The big question is whether Aberg has done enough in such a short time to earn a captain’s pick. Donald’s selections will come after the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in two weeks’ time.

Bjork’s finish also helps his resume for a captain’s pick. Also finishing strong this week were Nicolai Hojgaard (tied for fifth) and Eddie Pepperell (tied for eighth).

Scotland’s Connor Syme tied Fitzpatrick for third place. For a while, it looked like Fitzpatrick would be challenged for the win by his upstart brother, Alex, who wound up tied for fifth at -15, one shot behind his older brother. The 24-year-old added to his list of impressive finishes as of late, including a runner-up at the ISPS Handa World Invitational two weeks ago, a win in a Challenge Tour event a month ago, and a respectable 17th-place effort at The Open Championship in July.

Also tying for fifth was Joost Luiten. Joining Pepperell in eighth were Oliver Bekker, Gavin Green, Erik Van Rooyen, and Masahiro Kawamura. 

Up Next

McIlroy, Hatton, and Ryder Cup hopeful Shane Lowry are among the big names entered in next week’s Horizon Irish Open. Other notables in the field are former major winners Danny Willett and Adam Scott along with American Billy Horschel and Australian Min Woo Lee. Last year’s champion was Adrian Meronk, who is also in line for a Ryder Cup captain’s pick. 

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