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Ludvig Aberg

‘I will never try to chase money’: Ludvig Aberg says he turned down LIV Golf

The breakaway Saudi league may have caused a sensation when signing Jon Rahm, but this Ryder Cup star has decided to stay put

 

Ludvig Aberg has revealed he has once again turned down an approach from LIV Golf.

The Swedish Ryder Cup hero declared he would “never try to chase money” and wanted the “best players to play together”.

One of the brightest new stars on both the DP World Tour and PGA Tour, the 24-year-old told STV Sport he received a new offer from the Saudi-backed tour in the autumn, having previously ruled out a move.

In translated text, Aberg said: “When I look back, I’m super confident in my decision. I will never try to chase money. What I get excited about is competing. I did the right thing.

“I want to play against the best, because I am a competitive person and like to compete against the best players. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that at the moment, it’s a bit more fragmented.

“When I look at the PGA Tour and the competitions there, there is so much history around all the competitions. And that’s what I like, that’s what I go for. But then you have to respect everyone’s decisions.”

The meteoric rise of Ludvig Aberg

Ludvig Aberg

Aberg burst onto the scene this year, winning the European Masters on the DP World Tour and the RSM Classic on the PGA Tour, while also losing a playoff for the Sanderson Farms Championship.

He played a key role in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory in Rome, picking up two points and partnering Viktor Hovland in a stunning 9&7 takedown of Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka in the Saturday morning foursomes. It was the biggest victory in an 18-hole match in Ryder Cup history.

With talks between the PGA Tour and the Public Investment Fund still ongoing, and LIV Golf looking to build on their capture of Rahm, the Saudi-backed tour are clearly looking to bolster their ranks of big names.

On the Spaniard’s departure, Aberg added, in Google translated text: “Rahm is obviously one of the world’s greatest players.

“You want to play against those who are the best, so I am disappointed but on the other hand it is his decision. I think everyone must respect that.

“He has made a decision and thought about it for a long time and all the scenarios that may appear and came to the conclusion that it is the best for him and his family.”

Now have your say

What do you think of Ludvig Aberg’s decision to turn LIV Golf down? Is he right to commit to the PGA Tour and DP World Tour? Let us know with a comment on X.

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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