WATCH: The moment Luke Donald tells Ludvig Aberg he's in the Ryder Cup team

Ryder Cup Europe shares video of Luke Donald telling Ludvig Aberg he's made the team after his Omega European Masters victory.

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Mon, 4 Sep 2023
WATCH: The moment Luke Donald tells Ludvig Aberg he's in the Ryder Cup team

Ryder Cup Europe has shared a brilliant video of captain Luke Donald telling Ludvig Aberg he's made the team following his maiden victory at the Omega European Masters on Sunday. 

Donald was sat in the European Tour's office when he video called Aberg to let him know he was one of his six captain picks in the 2023 European Ryder Cup team. 

The news was confirmed to the public on Monday afternoon as Donald joined Sky Sports Golf's Nick Dougherty to make his announcement. 

Aberg, 23, had been touted as a potential captain's pick for the best part of three months since he turned professional earlier this season.

While many considered he was too inexperienced and had yet to show enough on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, the talented Swede reeled off recent T4 finishes at the John Deere Classic and Czech Masters before making his biggest statement yet with a breakthrough win at the Omega European Masters on Sunday afternoon. 

That made Donald's decision a whole lot simpler ahead of making his six picks. 

Donald chose Tommy FleetwoodJustin RoseShane LowrySepp StrakaLudvig Aberg and Nicolai Hojgaard as his captain's picks for Team Europe.

They join Rory McIlroyJon RahmViktor HovlandTyrrell HattonMatt Fitzpatrick and Bob MacIntyre in the team.

Aberg will become the first ever player to compete in the Ryder Cup who has yet to play in a major championship. 


Donald told Aberg on the phone: 

"Congratulations. What a great win. Only a matter of time from what I could tell and when I played with you in Detroit, I could not be more impressed. Just calling to say, you earned it, you're on the team Ludvig. I asked you to come over these two weeks and you had a chance last week and you did what you did this week. That's super impressive to me. I think all of us, myself and my vice-captains have seen the talent you have, I think you're ready, it's going to be a hell of a week and you're going to be a big part of it. I could not be more happy to have you on the team. What you did this week was pretty special. Before we got cut off I was saying you know before, when I got picked and the next week I won in Crans, so you won it and then got picked but almost the same, similar cicumstances."

Here was the instant reaction from Aberg when he appeared on Sky Sports Golf with Donald and Dougherty on Monday: 

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