Ludvig Aberg turned pro in June and has done more in five months than many golfers have in their entire careers. Here is our 2023 RSM Classic Recap!
Aberg set several records along the way in his win at The RSM Classic at Sea Island in coastal Georgia. His 29-under 253 was a tournament record. He also tied for the lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history, matching Justin Thomas’s 253 at the 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii. Aberg’s pair of 61s on Saturday and Sunday marked the lowest-ever score over a tournament’s final two rounds, and his 64, 61, 61 in the last three rounds set a record for lowest score in three straight rounds.
“I don’t think I’ve ever shot back-to-back 6`s, to be fair,” Aberg said. “So that’s obviously something that I’ll probably never ever going to do again.”
Since no one in PGA Tour history had done so before this weekend, it’s a safe bet it won’t be repeated. But given that Aberg is just 24 years old, it’s probably not a safe bet to take.
“It’s been so much fun,” said Aberg, who smashed the existing tournament record by seven strokes. “I still pinch myself in the morning when I wake up to … realize that this is what I do for a job. I think the whole concept of winning a tournament–I just fell in love with it.”
In any other year, MacKenzie Hughes would’ve won this event, carding -25 for the tournament after shooting a 63 on Sunday. He had to settle for runner-up, however, this year.
Eric Cole, who now finds himself in a battle with Aberg for PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, tied for third with Tyler Duncan at -22.
Defending champion Adam Svensson tied for fifth with Denny McCarthy and Ben Kohles at -19.
Aberg’s win also pushed him into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking and the top 60 of the FedEx Cup standings. The win qualifies him for the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January along with the four majors, and finishing in the top 60 gets him into the first two Signature Events of 2024: The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and The Genesis Invitational.
Hughes’s runner-up finish also allowed him to qualify for those two tournaments, along with Beau Hossler, Ben Griffin, Taylor Montgomery, Matt Kuchar, Nick Hardy, J.J. Spaun, Sam Ryder, and Luke List.
This was the final FedEx Cup event until 2024. After a break for Thanksgiving in the United States, 20 top golfers will descend upon the Bahamas for the Hero World Challenge, which is a tournament that’s similar to an all-star game. Tiger Woods is the host of the event and will also be playing competitively for the first time since withdrawing from The Masters and having surgery on his ankle.
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