'He's Ready' - Hovland Says Aberg 'Doesn't Look Scared Of The Moment' As Ryder Cup Looms

After playing with him at Wentworth, Viktor Hovland says Ludvig Aberg looks ready to take on the Ryder Cup, saying the Swede "doesn't look scared of the moment"

Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg
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Despite playing in a marquee group in the DP World Tour's flagship event in front of a big crowd - Ludvig Aberg still showed no crack in what looks his impenetrable confidence.

Playing alongside Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland, Aberg showed no fear once again as he beat his playing partners by carding a four-under round of 68 -  finishing a shot ahead of the Norwegian and bettering McIlroy by four.

This comes after the 23-year-old partnered Hovland to beat McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood over the Ryder Cup course during Luke Donald's training trip to Marco Simone at the start of the week.

Aberg hasn't yet played in a Major and only turned pro in June, but Hovland for one thinks that he's ready to take on the most high-pressure golfing environment there is at the Ryder Cup.

"I think it's a good experience for him," said Hovland. "The way he's played the last couple months, he has not been a pro very long but he certainly doesn't look scared of the moment.

"So I think it's just a great experience for him but I don't think - I think he's ready regardless."

All 12 of Donald's side are in the field at the BMW PGA Championship, with them all paired together in what the captain feels are potential partnerships he could use in Rome.

And although it's the flagship event in Europe, Hovland admitted that Ryder Cup thoughts are creeping into their minds even if they're trying to focus on winning at Wentworth.

"It's really cool to have all 12 guys in the field," Hovland added. "Obviously got to play with Ludvig and Rory. That was great fun. Ludvig was certainly on a heater mid-round and the crowd was loving it.

"Obviously this week is a big event, and very historic event, and we all want to do well here.

"But I think especially after the trip we had to Rome and got to spend some time together, see the course, I think we are all a little bit in The Ryder Cup mindset. So it is a little bit weird to have to have two thoughts going at the same time.

"I think we are all kind of thinking about the next couple weeks. We certainly want to play well for this week but we want to make sure that our game is in good shape so that when we get into the Ryder Cup, we can just kind of focus on just playing golf instead of working on stuff. That's not the right time to do it."

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.