Former Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley hails Ludvig Aberg as the ‘real deal’ but warns European skipper Luke Donald will need to manage the hype around the Swedish phenomenon
- Ludvig Aberg was called up for Ryder Cup just three months after turning pro
- Swede slipped from first to 10th on the final day at the BMW PGA Championship
Paul McGinley has called for a calming of the hype around Ludvig Aberg — and believes Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm need to closer resemble the historic greats of the European team if Luke Donald’s side are to avenge their 2021 Ryder Cup thrashing in Rome this month.
The victorious 2014 captain declared Aberg the ‘real deal’ after the 23-year-old followed his win in Switzerland by finishing in the top 10 at the BMW PGA Championship.
However, McGinley says Donald will need to manage the expectations and pressure around the Swedish phenomenon, whose rise in the three months since he turned professional has been accompanied by worldwide attention.
McGinley, who will be working as a pundit in Rome for Sky Sports, told Mail Sport: ‘He’s the real deal. There’s no doubt that he had a bad day on Sunday (Aberg slipped from first to 10th on the final day at Wentworth) and you have to remember success is not a straight line.
‘But for three days he did very well, he won in Switzerland and he’s really hit the ground running since he turned pro.’
Paul McGinley has called for a calming of the hype around Ryder Cup rookie Ludvig Aberg
Aberg slipped from first to 10th on the final day at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday
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