Ludvig Aberg Shines at U.S. Open with Stellar Second Round Performance

Swedish golfer Ludvig Aberg led the U.S. Open after the second round with a score of five under. Aberg, aiming to be the first debut winner since 1913, performed consistently. Meanwhile, notable players like DeChambeau, McIlroy, and Woods faced challenges, with Woods missing the cut.

Reuters | Updated: 15-06-2024 05:36 IST | Created: 15-06-2024 05:36 IST
Ludvig Aberg Shines at U.S. Open with Stellar Second Round Performance

Swedish sensation Ludvig Aberg held the outright second round lead at the U.S. Open on Friday at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina where Bryson DeChambeau was part of a group one shot back and Tiger Woods missed the cut.

Masters runner-up Aberg, looking to become the first U.S. Open champion to win in his debut since Francis Ouimet in 1913, shot a one-under-par 69 to reach five under on the week at Pinehurst No. 2. That left Aberg one shot clear of DeChambeau (69), overnight co-leader Patrick Cantlay (71) and Belgian Thomas Detry (67) while Rory McIlroy (72), Tony Finau (69) and Frenchman Matthieu Pavon were all a further shot back.

Aberg was once again near automatic finding fairways which allowed him to avoid the danger that lurks around every corner at Pinehurst No. 2 and delivered a round that included three birdies and a two bogeys. Pavon, who kicked off his day from the back nine with two consecutive birdies, was level with Aberg with two holes to play but bogeyed both to slip back.

DeChambeau, who finished runner-up at last month's PGA Championship, had a roller-coaster start but got into the mix with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13 before a bogey at 15 where his tee shot found a bunker. The 2020 U.S. Open champion, one of 12 LIV Golf players in the 156-player field, capped his round in style as he tapped in for birdie after his approach leaving his approach shot 15 inches from the cup.

"I'm excited for the game that I have right now," DeChambeau said. "I feel pretty confident and ready to get after it this weekend." McIlroy, seeking an elusive fifth major, was unable to build on his bogey-free opening round as he returned an adventurous 72 that featured near-misses and stunning par-saves, including at the par-three 17th where he holed a putt from off the green.

"Overall, I felt like I did a pretty good job at keeping some of the mistakes off the scorecard," said McIlroy. "I wish I had converted a couple more of the chances." Detry mastered Pinehurst No. 2's notoriously tricky dome-shaped greens as he made nine one-putts on the day, the last at his 12th hole where he rolled in a 22-footer.

"I feel like this week, you make a par, you gain on the field, keep moving on," said Detry. "I always seem to do better that way. It puts a little bit less pressure on my putting. When I have a birdie chance, it's like a bonus." Masters champion Scheffler, who entered the year's third major as the clear favourite, was unable to take advantage of quality iron shots as he carded a 74 that left him at five over and right on the projected five over cut line.

"This golf course can be unpredictable at times, and maybe it got the better of me the last couple days," said Scheffler. Tiger Woods, who accepted a special exemption to play this week, missed the cut for a second consecutive major after a three-over-par 73 left him at seven over on the week.

"It was probably the highest score I could have shot today," a frustrated Woods said before adding it "may or may not be" his last U.S. Open start.

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