Ludvig Aberg comes close to beating long-held Tiger Woods record

Ludvig Aberg's meteoric rise saw him come incredibly close to breaking a long-standing record held by Tiger Woods. 

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Tue, 6 Feb 2024
Ludvig Aberg

Following his second-place finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Ludvig Aberg now sits 11th in the Official World Golf Ranking after only 18 events as a professional. 

The young Swede's incredible rise to prominence already features two victories, one on the PGA Tour at the RSM Classic and one on the DP World Tour at the Omega European Masters. 

Aberg's victory at the RSM was particularly impressive, with the 24-year-old finishing the week with back-to-back 61s to finish four shots clear of second place at 29-under.

Aberg was also a headline-making captain's pick for Team Europe in the 2023 Ryder Cup, where he finished with a 2-2-0 record that featured a record-breaking 9&7 victory over Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka

Having only been on Tour for less than a year, he has also managed to become the fifth highest-ranked Swedish player ever, with only Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson, Jesper Parnevik, and Alex Noren having achieved a better ranking. 

Reaching 11th in the OWGR does have particular significance, however, as by doing so after only 18 events, Aberg has become the second-quickest player in history to achieve the feat, beating third-place Collin Morikawa by ten events.

Only one player in history can claim a better record than Aberg, and that is, of course, none other than Tiger Woods, who achieved the ranking after only 17 tournaments, one less than Aberg. 

Having begun his pro career ranked 914th in the world last June, Aberg has jumped 903 places up the rankings in only nine months. 

While Aberg's position in the rankings is impressive, the stats behind how he got there are even more staggering. 

Since joining the PGA Tour in 2023, he is ranked first for birdies or better per round, second for strokes gained off the tee, seventh for scoring average and eighth for strokes gained tee to green. 

Since turning pro, he has also only missed one cut and accumulated 13 top-25 finishes in 18 starts. 

That hot run of form has also been incredibly lucrative for Aberg, having earned him $5.6m in prize money since leaving college and turning pro last year. 

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