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‘He’s Ready’: Despite Being Upstaged by Team Europe Comrade at $9M Race, Viktor Hovland Showers the 23-Year-Old Rookie With the Highest Praise

Published 09/15/2023, 12:31 AM EDT

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Since the Ryder Cup team squad was announced, opinions have been flowing freely from every direction. Lately, all eyes have been on Team Europe’s lineup. Intriguingly, Viktor Hovland, despite his stature, has expressed admiration for a young golfer who’s been turning heads alongside on the green.

Team Europe is gearing up to wrest the trophy from America, aiming to celebrate a patriotic victory on their own turf. The key is a strong lineup. With the inclusion of this standout rookie, they might just possess the winning formula!

Viktor Hovland praises this standout rookie

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The BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth stands out as this week’s premier global event and simultaneously acts as a preparatory ground for the European Ryder Cup team. Fresh from their recent visit to Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome, all 12 members of the European team are playing at the event.

After the first round of the BMW PGA Championship, Viktor Hovland, while discussing the evident Ryder Cup ambiance, mentioned, “Yeah, it’s really cool to have all 12 guys in the field. Obviously got to play with Ludvig and Rory. That was great fun. Ludvig was certainly on a heater mid-round and the crowd was loving it.”

In Thursday’s opening round, Viktor shot 69. On the other side, rising star Ludvig Aberg stole the limelight from the established golf giants delivering an impressive 4-under 68, marked by six birdies on the back nine.

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He further continued, “Hopefully we can make a few more birdies and less mistakes to get the crowds going but just a great atmosphere here.” When asked about the significance of Ludvig playing amidst such notable groups and large galleries, especially with Rome on the horizon, he stated, “I think it’s a good experience for him.”

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All eyes are on Ludvig Aberg ahead of the Ryder Cup

Everyone’s attention is shifting to Ludvig’s performance. It’s truly inspiring for budding golfers. It goes on to show that with the right skill set, past experiences can be overshadowed, and on-ground performance becomes the primary factor in achieving national acclaim.

Praising Aberg, Viktor continued, “The way he’s played the last couple [of] months, he has not been a pro very long but he certainly doesn’t look scared of the moment. So I think it’s just a great experience for him but I don’t think — I think he’s ready regardless.”

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The golfing community is eager to see if Aberg can stand tall against the seasoned players. Will Aberg seize his debut opportunity in the Ryder Cup with a standout performance? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Dimple Nakar is a budding golf writer at EssentiallySports. The job brings together two of her strongest passions: writing and golf. Dimple’s love for the sport extends far beyond the main players like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson; she also has immense love for the growth golf is currently seeing through LIV Golf and the merger of the two sides.
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