Honest Aberg: PGA TOUR University No. 1 wants to know where he stands
by Sean Martin, PGATOUR.com
Ludvig Aberg (Texas Tech Athletics photo)
Confusion often reigns on the final holes of a college golf tournament. With five-man teams spread across multiple holes and live-scoring updates often dependent on the quality of a player’s cell service, it can be hard to get an accurate appraisal of the leaderboard. One thing was certain on Ludvig Aberg’s
final hole of last year’s Cabo Collegiate Invitational, however. He needed to make his 30-foot birdie putt to keep his team’s hopes alive.
Texas Tech’s head coach, Greg Sands, did not hesitate to share the importance of that putt with his star player. While some coaches may be reticent to divulge such information, lest they add more pressure to a stressful situation, Aberg always wants to know where he stands. He'd rather have the facts than a sanitized version of the truth. Just call him Honest Aberg.
“You could see that focus hone in,” Sands said. “He knew what he needed to do.”
And he did it. After making the putt, Aberg simply turned to his coach and said, “I love this game.”
Sands uses that story to illustrate Aberg’s ability to remain calm and control his emotions in the heat of competition.
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