Swedish sensation Ludvig Aberg makes late charge for wildcard spot in Europe’s Ryder Cup team just THREE MONTHS after turning professional
- Ludvig Aberg in second behind Matt Fitzpatrick at the Omega European Masters
- Europe captain Luke Donald among list of admirers of the 23-year-old Swede
- Final automatic qualifying spot on European list is held by Bob MacIntyre
One shoo-in for Luke Donald’s Ryder Cup challenge has strengthened his lead at the final qualifying event in Switzerland — but it is the Europeans behind Matt Fitzpatrick who are garnering the greatest interest ahead of Monday’s team announcement.
In particular, all eyes are drawn to a Swedish 23-year-old who only turned professional in June, Ludvig Aberg.
The former world No 1 amateur currently sits in a tie for second at the Omega European Masters on 13 under par, two behind Fitzpatrick, and his case for a pick grows stronger by the hole.
It would be a sizeable gamble to throw him in against the US, but such is the prodigious brilliance of his driving — a quality that will be amplified on the tightened fairways of Marco Simone in Rome later this month — his list of admirers is a long one.
Donald is most notable among them, which lends credence to the possibility of him being the eye-catching choice among six wildcards and rather balances out some of the misgivings of wise old heads on the Euro circuit.
Ludvig Aberg sits in a tie for second at the Omega European Masters going into final round
It is the players behind Matt Fitzpatrick garnering the most interest in Luke Donald’s (pictured) Ryder Cup team ahead of Monday’s announcement
Matt Fitzpatrick leads the the final qualifying event in Switzerland for the Ryder Cup at Omega European Masters
Aberg’s three straight birdies to wrap up a third-round 66 points to a talent who can drown out the noise. It can also be confidently assumed that Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, Justin Rose and Sepp Straka will receive wildcards, making nine of the 12.
The final automatic qualifying spot on the European list is held by Scotland’s Bob MacIntyre, but he could lose it to Yannik Paul if the German makes an unlikely charge from nine under to top the Swiss leaderboard on Sunday.
Adrian Meronk, the twins Nicolai and Rasmus Hojgaard, Aberg, Victor Perez and Seamus Power all remain in a tight chase for picks.
Scottish 16-year-old Connor Graham enjoyed a winning Walker Cup debut helping Great Britain and Ireland establish a 7.5-4.5 lead over the United States at St Andrews.
Graham teamed up with Calum Scott to win their morning foursomes, with Scott going on to claim a second point as GB&I edged the afternoon singles.