Ludvig Aberg has won his first PGA Tour title at this week's RSM Classic as he continues to prove Luke Donald's decision to pick him at this year's Ryder Cup was the right one.

Aberg only turned professional in June, and in just his 11th PGA Tour event has a victory next to his name. The Swedish star proved untouchable at the RSM Classic, breaking a whole host of records on the way to a dominant five-shot lead in Georgia on Sunday.

The 24-year-old carded back-to-back rounds of 61 across Saturday and Sunday to shoot an astounding 29-under-par for the tournament to get his hands on his maiden PGA Tour title.

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His victory at the Sea Island Seaside Course capped off a remarkable five months as a pro for Aberg. In that time the youngster has won across both the DP World Tour and PGA Tour, as well as playing apart in Europe's winning Ryder Cup team in Rome last month.

Discussing his rollercoaster rise, Aberg said post-tournament: "I'm not sure I'm ever going to be able to put that [his rise] into words. You know, there's a lot of people I want to thank that are close to me. It wouldn't have been possible without them. It's been a while, six months, but it's been so much fun.

"I still pinch myself in the morning when I wake up to kind of realise that this is what I do for a job. It's been so much fun. These experiences that I've had over the last six months has been beyond my dreams and I'll never forget it."

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Despite more than making a name for himself, many had questioned Aberg's call-up to Europe's Ryder Cup team in September, as a number of other hopefuls missed out. The Swede's maiden DP World Tour win at the European Omega Masters proved to be a timely one, winning just a day before Donald announced his 12-man team.

Of course, victory in Switzerland would have only cemented captain Donald's decision to include Aberg 24 hours later. Defending the pick, Donald said pre-Ryder Cup: "I really do have a lot of faith and belief in Ludvig. He is a generational player, he's going to be around a long time and he's going to do amazing things.

"If he wasn't going to play this one he was going to play the next eight Ryder Cups, that's how good I think he is." Unsurprisingly the European skipper raised eyebrows with Aberg's selection, but on the back of an impressive debut and now a PGA Tour win, the Swede has more than backed up Donald's decision.

In the aftermath of Aberg's win, Donald was full of prize for his Ryder Cup gamble. "Anyone paying attention knew the unlimited potential of Ludvig," he tweeted. "He showed that at Crans and now again dominating in Sea Island this week. Congratulations to you, Jack and your whole team, the sky is the limit."

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