WITB: Nicolai Hojgaard and Ludvig Aberg

Take a look inside the winning bags of Nicolai Hojgaard and Ludvig Aberg.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2023
Nicolai and Ludvig

The weekend's golf saw two young European stars both taking home silverware, with Nicolai Hojgaard winning the DP World Tour Championship and Ludvig Aberg tasting PGA Tour victory for the first time at the RSM Classic. 

Hojgaard capped off a fantastic year by securing the DP World Tour's season-ending Tour Championship in Dubai with a flurry of birdies on Sunday.

The young Dane shot a final round 8-under 64, coming from three shots back at the start of the day to win by two strokes over Viktor Hovland (68), Tommy Fleetwood (68) and Matt Wallace (69).

Hojgaard shot the lowest round of the day, which included six birdies on the back nine, helping him leapfrog Fleetwood into first place. Heading down the 18th hole, he held a two-shot lead and finished with a par, which ended up being enough to seal victory, with those chasing unable to better his score.

On the PGA Tour, another young European superstar also enjoyed a scintillating weekend of golf. Having only turned pro in June of this year, Aberg's rise to the top has been breathtaking. 

The field at the RSM Classic was no match for the young Swede, as he shot back-to-back 61s on the weekend to win by four shots.

Aberg was in scintillating form all week as he made 26 birdies, two eagles and one bogey.

Finishing the tournament at 29-under, he also set the record for the lowest total in tournament history, as well as equalling the PGA Tour record for the lowest 72-hole score. 

The win came in only Aberg's 11th  professional start on the PGA Tour and followed up his first win on the DP World Tour, which came at the Omega European Masters in September.

Having only burst onto the professional scene earlier this year, Aberg's rise to prominence has been meteoric. At his first tournament on the PGA Tour in 2023, he was ranked 1242nd in the Official World Golf Rankings, but fast forward to today, and he's now currently well inside the top 50, sitting at 32nd.

Both Hojgaard and Aberg were controversial selections in Luke Donald's 2023 European Ryder Cup team, but they proved their worth in Rome and have gone from strength to strength since the historic victory, further vindicating Donald's bold decision. 

Nicolai Hojgaard WITB 2023:

Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond (10.5°; Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White 70-TX shaft)

3-Wood: Callaway prototype (16.5°)

Irons: Callaway Apex MB ’21, 4-10

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 5 50°; Callaway JAWS Raw 56° and 60°

Putter: Odyssey O-Works Jailbird Mini

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X Triple Track

Ludvig Aberg WITB 2023:

Driver: Titleist TSR2 (9 degrees; Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X)

3-Wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (15 degrees; Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 8 X)

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (2), Titleist T100 (2019) (4-9) KBS Tour 130 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F, 50-08, 54-10S), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60-V) KBS Tour 130 X

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Versa #1

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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