Ludvig Aberg might be considered a generational golf talent, but he still hasn’t played a major championship, and until Sunday, he wasn’t yet qualified to receive an invitation into next year’s Masters Tournament.
That all changed with his first career PGA Tour victory, as Aberg posted weekend scores of 61-61 to claim the RSM Classic by four strokes in just his 11th career professional start on the U.S.-based circuit, pairing nicely with his European Masters title on the DP World Tour two months ago.
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The 24-year-old Swede has now finished inside the top 15 in each of his last eight worldwide starts, half of those being top-five results. He ended the season ranked first on the PGA Tour in Total Driving, sixth in Driving Distance, third in Greens in Regulation and first in Birdie Average – not bad for a guy who was still competing as an amateur at Texas Tech when the summer first started.
Perhaps his most inconceivable numbers, however, have nothing to do with his on-course statistics.
As of Sunday evening, Aberg was trading at +3000 to +4000 to win his initial major start at Augusta National in five months, but those prices have already shortened mightily.
By Monday morning, he was priced as short as +1800 at bet365 (seventh-lowest odds on the board), though still +2500 at BetMGM (11th-lowest), with DraftKings representing those books in the middle of these prices at +2200.
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Among the players with longer odds: Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, Tony Finau and Justin Thomas.
Defending champion Jon Rahm is the current Masters favorite at +750, followed by Scottie Scheffler at +800 and Rory McIlroy at +900.
Aberg’s odds for next year’s three majors following the Masters generally remain a bit longer, but that might simply be a reflection of public money currently focused on the next major.
At the RSM Classic, Aberg was the pretournament favorite at +1200 in a field that also included Cameron Young, Russell Henley and Open Championship winner Brian Harman. According to the archives at golfodds.com, it was the fourth consecutive PGA Tour start in which he either held or shared the lowest odds entering an event.
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