In absolute control of his Pro V1x golf ball, Ludvig Aberg played his final 36 holes at Sea Island Golf Club in 18 under par, capturing his first PGA TOUR title with a pair of 61’s over the weekend on the Seaside Course.
Aberg, 24, posted rounds of 67-64-61-61 to win by four shots, ball-striking his way to his second professional victory less than three months after breaking through at the DP World Tour’s Omega European Masters.
Over the three measured rounds on the Seaside Course, Aberg led the field in both Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (8.89) and Strokes Gained: Off the Tee (4.884).
He hit 82% of his fairways (46/56), 86% greens in regulation (62/72) and got up-and-down with his Pro V1x nine of 10 times (90%), making just one bogey the entire week. In winning the Omega European Masters, Aberg also led the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (+3.76 per round).
“Yeah, I felt like I was striking the ball very well all week,” Aberg said Sunday. “To be honest, I feel like I've been striking the ball quite well over the last couple of months.
The PGA TOUR rookie – who became the first player to earn his TOUR card directly out of college by finishing No. 1 in the PGA TOUR University Ranking – played 45 measured rounds over 11 TOUR starts in which he earned eight top-25 finishes, four top-10s and one victory.
– “I like to put spin on the ball. I like to hit it a little bit higher to have a little bit of a different angle coming into the firmer greens that we play here on the PGA TOUR. So I think the Pro V1x helps me with that and it helps me to be able to compete against the best players in the world.
– “What you want when you’re chipping is that little extra feeling of checking up on the green, and making sure that when the greens get a little firmer and faster, you’re still able to put that spin on it. Which I feel like [the Pro V1x] allows me to do. Chipping and short game is such feel-based – what you like to feel, what you don't like to feel. And this allows me to have that creative mindset.
– “As a golfer and as a competitor, you always look for the perfect shot and the perfect execution. It's not always going to show up that way, but at least this golf ball allows you to have that consistency and that way I know exactly what it’s going to do when it reacts on the green, when it reacts in the air. This allows me to have my spin rate in a very consistent level, which allows me to score a bit better as well.
– “I used to live in a small town. I would always go into the woods and look for [Pro V1’s]. And every time you found a new one, found a really nice one, that was like the best feeling. So I used to have a ball bag of all my Pro V1’s that I found. Every once in a while you got to go into the pro shop and get a new one, but it didn’t happen very often. So now we're super spoiled. We get new balls every now and then. So, it's really cool and I've played it for a very long time.”
The winner of the RSM classic gamed a TSR2 driver, Titleist T100 irons and three Vokey Design wedges in winning his first PGA TOUR title.
Over the three ShotLink measured rounds on Sea Island’s Seaside course, he ranked first in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (+8.89). The 2023 European Ryder Cupper was clinical with his TSR2, also ranking first in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee (+4.884) and second in driving distance (309.5 yards).
He also finished T5 in Greens in Regulation (62/72, 86%) and T4 in Scrambling, getting his Pro V1x up-and-down in nine of 10 attempts while gaining over a shot and a half over the field around the greens (+1.612) over his final 54 holes.
Amy Yang rolled in her Pro V1x for birdie on the 72nd hole Sunday to card a final-nine 31 and complete a three-shot victory at the LPGA’s season finale. Yang, who entered the final round tied for the lead, closed with a 66 and posted 27 under for the week at Tiburon, pulling away from the chasing pack to earn her fifth career LPGA title.
Over 72 holes, the 34-year-old made 27 birdies and surrendered just two shots. The highlight of the week came on the par-4 13th hole on Sunday, when Yang holed her approach for eagle, her Pro V1x checking up just past the hole and rolling back into the cup.
“I had about 80 yards to the pin, and it was helping down a little,” said Yang. “Had a 58 wedge in my hand and I played about 75, just a little off. It went straight to the pin and I saw it land really close to the pin. I had just a quick feeling that, oh, this might go in. And was just so excited to see it went in.”