Ludvig Aberg‘s triumph at the RSM Classic marked his inaugural PGA Tour win that came only as his eleventh play since turning professional in June. The culmination of his four-stroke victory on Sunday at the Sea Island Golf Club underscored the significant expectations placed on the 24-year-old Swedish golfer’s talent. Recording back-to-back 61s on the Seaside Course, Aberg secured the win with an impressive 29-under 253, surpassing Mackenzie Hughes, the 2017 champion.
This victory, which is the last official PGA Tour event of the year, arrives a mere 11 weeks after Aberg’s first DP World Tour win at the Omega European Masters and seven weeks following his historic Ryder Cup participation without prior major championship experience. The success at Sea Island ensures Aberg’s entry into the 2024 Masters and PGA Championship.
Since concluding his collegiate tenure at Texas Tech, where he emerged as the top-ranked player in the PGA Tour University standings, thereby guaranteeing his Tour card through 2024, Aberg has consistently been a contender in tournaments across both Europe and North America. His performance in Georgia represents his third top-10 placement of the year.
The significant victory catapulted Aberg from 96th to 53rd in the FedEx Cup points standings, earning him a spot in the prestigious Sentry Tournament of Champions and two premier PGA Tour events for 2024: the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Genesis Invitational.
In addition to the accolades, Aberg received a notable monetary reward, securing $1.512 million from an $8.4 million purse, effectively augmenting his PGA Tour career earnings to $2,632,994. The comprehensive prize money distribution for each participating golfer who cut will be detailed after the conclusion of the event, providing specifics on all payouts.
Ludvig Åberg, Mackenzie Hughes, Eric Cole: A battle for glory and riches on the RSM Classic stage
The conclusion of the FedEx Cup Fall season for 2023 was marked by the conclusion of the RSM Classic, which saw Sweden’s Ludvig Aberg emerge as the victor. His victory secured him a significant haul, including 500 points in the FedEx Cup standings, a two-year exemption to continue competing on the PGA Tour, and the major portion of the $8.4 million prize fund.
Aberg’s triumph at the RSM Classic resulted in a substantial payday of $1,512,000. It was significantly more than the amount he earned for coming in second place at the 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship, which was approximately $500,000 less. The win at the RSM Classic propelled Aberg’s PGA Tour earnings past the $3 million mark.
Coupled with his income from the DP World Tour, Aberg’s professional earnings have now reached $3.85 million, an impressive feat achieved within a span of six months since turning professional. Mackenzie Hughes finished second in the standings and also surpassed the $500,000 earning mark for this event. Notably, an additional 20 players realized earnings above $100,000 due to their performance at the RSM Classic.