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Ludvig Aberg’s emotions will be tested to the limit when he carries the hopes of a continent on his shoulders at his first-ever Ryder Cup this month. But the rookie Swede has admitted that he does have a weak spot in his make-up – his love of Liverpool Football Club.
The 23-year-old is about to embark on what could be the on-course golfing story of the year after he was chosen by European captain Luke Donald to join his team of 12 who will attempt to win back the coveted trophy from the USA at Rome’s Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in two weeks’ time.
Aberg’s inclusion is by far to most intriguing choice, as he only turned professional in June and has yet to appear in a Major Championship. But the former Amateur World No. 1 who came back from the USA to earn Ryder Cup points on European soil has already registered his first pro title after winning the European Masters in Switzerland last month.
The exciting Swede is at Wentworth this week competing alongside his Ryder Cup teammates in the DP Tour’s flagship event BMW PGA Championship. It was in a press conference here that he was asked by one reporter when was the last time he cried playing golf, but the boyhood Liverpool supporter offered up an entirely different answer.
Aberg was asked: “Just talking about your temperament and that fact you said that you don’t get too high, don’t get too low – Rory (McIlroy) was in here, he said he cried when he saw replays of Brookline, he cried at Whistling Straits, when was the last time you cried down to gold?”
After laughing nervously, he responded by saying: “Last time I cried… when Liverpool beat Barcelona in the semi-finals [of the Champions League] in 2019.”
“What about golf? Never?” the journalist asked. “Not sure,” Aberg responded.
The Texas Tech University graduate played football as a youngster and was a central midfielder before he turned his attention solely to golf at the age of 13. Despite being born in Sweden and living between his hometown of Eslov and Florida in the USA, he supports Liverpool Football Club and has dreamed of having the chance to play at Anfield.
The victory against Barcelona that he alluded to in his interview is one of the most memorable in the Merseyside club’s entire history.
Liverpool trailed 3-0 to the Catalan Giants in the 2019 Champions League semi-final after suffering a heavy first-leg defeat at the Nou Camp that was inspired by Lionel Messi.
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But it was a completely different story in the second leg at Anfield when backed by a furious home crowd, Jurgen Klopp’s side fought back emphatically to win 4-0 on the night, winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate. It would be one of the most famous nights ever witnessed since the Champions League began.
The Reds went on to lift their sixth European Cup in Madrid three weeks later when they beat fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final.
Now Aberg will be looking to emulate the success of his heroes by helping Europe to beat the USA and win back the Ryder Cup on Italian soil. If the rookie manages to pull it off it will mark one of the most remarkable debut seasons for a rookie golfer in modern times and maybe then the Swede’s tears will finally flow on a golf course.
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