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Why Ludvig Aberg will be practicing (and cheering) in Spain right before his Ryder Cup debut

September 19, 2023
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Stuart Franklin

As some of the biggest names in golf get some last-minute practice before heading to the Ryder Cup, Ludvig Aberg and caddie Jack Clarke will be jet-setting for Finca Cortesin in Spain. The rookie sensation has never played in a major, let alone a Ryder Cup, but he'll get a taste of the international pressure while rooting on the European squad at this week's Solheim Cup. That’s just good karma.

Aberg will skip the DP World Tour's Cazoo French Open to make this work. But don’t worry if you’re a European supporter. Aberg will still be hitting balls and prepping for the biggest tournament of his life (so far).

"My caddie Jack Clarke, his fiancee Madelene Sagstrom is playing,” Aberg said on the Chipping Forecast. “We are going to be down there playing and practicing so it made a lot of sense for us to go there for a few days. I am really looking forward to it. I'll be their biggest fan."

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Aberg did join the rest of his international brethren at Marco Simone prior to the BMW PGA Championship, so it’s not as if he’s missing any team bonding sessions to take in the women’s competition. He even partnered up with Viktor Hovland and claimed a 3&2 victory in best-ball over Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy. He appears ready to go.

The U.S. and European Solheim sides look to be evenly matched—the two teams have the exact same odds heading into the event—so every supporter counts. Especially one as critical as Aberg. Captain Luke Donald has anointed Aberg as a “generational talent.” We’ll find out soon if he’s a generational fan as well.