Ludvig Aberg in contention for Ryder Cup wildcard pick with European captain Luke Donald to announce six selections on Monday; Aberg, 23, has only played three events in Europe as a pro and is 58th on the World Points List
Last Updated: 01/09/23 6:11pm
Speaking while in the commentary box, Eddie Pepperell says he is surprised Ludvig Aberg is in contention for a Ryder Cup pick
Eddie Pepperell says Ludvig Aberg receiving a Ryder Cup wildcard pick without performing strongly in this week’s Omega European Masters would be “worrying” and possibly devalue the qualification system.
European captain Luke Donald will reveal his six selections on Monday, live on Sky Sports Golf, ahead of the clash with USA in Rome between September 29 and October 1.
Aberg is in contention despite only turning pro in June, with the Swede finishing tied fourth at the Czech Masters last week as he matched his result from the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in June.
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The 23-year-old is in a share of fifth place at the halfway stage of the Omega European Masters in Switzerland, three strokes behind leader Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Aberg is 58th on the World Points List and has only competed in three tournaments on European soil as a pro, including when he missed the cut at the Genesis Scottish Open.
DP World Tour player Pepperell told Sky Sports: “I am a little bit [surprised]. I feel he needed to win or come very close to winning this week to warrant a pick.
“If he doesn’t do that and still gets a pick, I worry a little bit what that means for whoever that is at the expense of. They have spent this year playing on the tour and done well.
“It’s a tricky one, isn’t it? It’s like Jon Rahm in 2016 – would you have picked him? In hindsight, maybe, but you have to respect the qualifying system.
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“I know Victor Perez is not in great form but he is still third in the Race to Dubai, Nico (Hojgaard) has done well, so it would be an interesting one. I can see both sides of the coin.
“I know Luke played with [Ludvig] in Detroit a month ago and he said it was just as good as watching Rory (McIlroy) when he first came out.”
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