Aberg wins Euro Masters; joins Ryder Cup picture

Aberg wins Euro Masters; joins Ryder Cup picture

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland — Swedish rookie Ludvig Aberg surged to a 2-shot win at the European Masters on Sunday and right into the Ryder Cup picture for Europe when the six captain’s picks are announced Monday.

Aberg stunned longtime leader Matt Fitzpatrick by reeling off four straight birdies from Nos. 14 to 17 to card a 6-under 64 for a 19-under total of 261. Fitzpatrick faded to a tie for third, 3 shots back.

Aberg, 23, turned professional only in June after being named the best college player in the United States for a second straight year at Texas Tech.

In the sun-bathed Swiss Alps on Sunday, Aberg made himself a great option for Europe captain Luke Donald for the Ryder Cup in four weeks’ time near Rome.

“I figured a win would put me in a good position,” Aberg acknowledged. “Honestly, I’ve done a pretty good job of not thinking about it too much.”

Fitzpatrick had led by 3 strokes when he birdied the 14th, but just 30 minutes — and back-to-back bogeys — later, a 5-shot turnaround left Aberg clear by two.

“It’s a pretty surreal feeling, to be honest,” Aberg said of his first win after just 75 days as a pro golfer. “I always had that [feeling] that I could do it.”

Aberg barely missed his birdie putt on No. 18 but it did not matter. Needing eagle on the 18th to force a playoff, Fitzpatrick made bogey for a 1-under 69 and 16 under total, one behind runner-up Alexander Björk (66).

Fitzpatrick, the 2022 U.S. Open winner, still secured his Ryder Cup place as the third-place finisher on the World Tour points qualification path.

Robert MacIntyre of Scotland also will be in the Europe team at the Marco Simone club near the Italian capital from Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

Despite finishing 16 shots back Sunday, MacIntyre accrued enough points on the European points path to hold off Yannik Paul and Adrian Meronk.

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