Åberg loses driver head on 17 and still drives the green!

Ronan MacNamara

Ludvig Aberg (Photo by Brennan Asplen/Getty Images)

Ronan MacNamara

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Ludvig Åberg is one of the best drivers of the golf ball, despite his professional career being in its infancy, even drawing huge praise from Rory McIlroy.

When you’re good, you’re good. Äberg drove the 17th green at TPC San Antonio. A 301 yard carry through mist that finished 11-feet from the hole.

However, the head from his Titleist TSR2 driver went skipping down the tee in one of the most bizarre scenes of the season so far.

The Swede two-putted for birdie and played the remaining ten holes with a replacement driver and in two-under-par for a five-under 67 to climb to -6 and sixth place.

“It was odd, it was bizarre. I’ve never experienced anything like that, not even in practice or anything, I’ve never seen it before, so I was just in shock. I’m glad the ball stayed inbounds because I really don’t know what could have happened. Somehow it made it all the way to the green, I don’t know how.”

Åberg said a screw that connects the head to the shaft had come loose.

“I didn’t even know. I mean, I believe I put a pretty good swing on it because of where the ball ended up, but it was just weird. Like after I hit it, obviously the head came off and I think I hit the shaft on my shoulder or something like that, so it just looked and felt very weird. Never — once again, never experienced anything like that before so it was just quite surreal. I mean, I guess a lot could have happened with the ball, I’m just glad it stayed inbounds and I had a shot coming back.

“I think there’s a screw that came off. It’s on me, I should have checked that a little bit better, but luckily we were able to get a new one on the next tee box. I hit some good drives after that as well.”

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