2023 PGA TOUR Season Recap: Åberg’s Meteoric Rise, Rahm’s Approach Mastery, and Hovland’s FedExCup Triumph

The 2023 PGA TOUR season delivered a captivating narrative of breakthroughs, historic performances, and remarkable comebacks. From Ludvig Åberg’s rapid ascent to Jon Rahm’s approach play brilliance and Viktor Hovland’s FedExCup glory, the season unfolded with unprecedented stories.

Åberg’s Breakout

In a remarkable turn of events, Ludvig Åberg transitioned from a Texas Tech team golfer to a Ryder Cup veteran and PGA TOUR winner within a few months. His journey, highlighted by a historic Ryder Cup foursomes win alongside Viktor Hovland, culminated in a record-breaking victory at The RSM Classic. Åberg’s 253 total score equaled Justin Thomas’ record for the lowest ever in an official event, marking him as the first PGA TOUR U graduate to win on the big circuit in the same calendar year.

Rahm’s Approach Mastery

Jon Rahm’s stellar performance throughout 2023 showcased his dominance in the world of golf. From a historic comeback at The Sentry to becoming the first European player to win both the U.S. Open and the Masters, Rahm’s achievements were nothing short of extraordinary. His meticulous approach play improvements propelled him to the top ranks in SG: Approach and proximity metrics, leaving an indelible mark on the season.

Remarkable Rounds

While the elusive 58 or 59 clubs remained untouched in 2023, the season witnessed numerous low-scoring feats. Mackenzie Hughes’ scintillating 60 at the Seaside Course and Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele’s historic 62s at the U.S. Open were standout moments. Noteworthy were the 10 instances of players hitting every fairway and green in regulation in the same round, with eight occurring in the World Wide Technology Championship.

McIlroy’s Record Season

Rory McIlroy concluded the season with a record-setting streak, securing his 10th consecutive top-10 finish at the TOUR Championship. His driving prowess also etched his name in history, boasting the longest average measured drive in a single season at 326.3 yards. McIlroy’s consistent performances in major championships highlighted his status as the only player with 20 or more top-10 finishes in a nine-year stretch since the inception of the Masters.

The Year of the Comeback

2023 witnessed notable career revivals, with Jason Day securing his first win in over five years and Lucas Glover achieving a multi-win season after more than 500 PGA TOUR starts. Rickie Fowler’s resurgence stood out as he not only returned to the winner’s circle but also underwent a complete overhaul of his approach play profile, earning him a spot in the Ryder Cup team.

FedExCup Champion: Hovland’s Dominance

Viktor Hovland’s journey through the PGA TOUR postseason culminated in a spectacular five-shot victory at East Lake, securing the FedExCup. His statistical dominance, leading in Driving Accuracy, Greens in Regulation, and Scrambling, marked one of the most complete performances in TOUR history. Hovland’s back-to-back wins while leading in driving accuracy showcased his exceptional consistency and cemented his place in the annals of golf history.