Golf: Jong Åberg red hot on Pebble Beach


The bubbling talent of the young Swedish golfer Ludwig Åberg boiled over on Friday evening at Pebble Beach in California when he took the lead with the world’s leading golfers Scottie Scheffler and Thomas Detry of Belgium in the second round of the Pebble Beach tournament.

The 24-year-old Åberg scored 68 shots in the first round and followed it up with 65 shots in the second round to finish with Scheffler and Detry on 133 shots (-11).

What makes Åberg’s achievement remarkable is that it was the first time as a professional player that he played in a tournament at Pebble Beach.

He did play Pebble Beach twice while studying at Texas Tech, but struggled to master the course each time.

Only a few weeks ago, Åberg acquired the services of the experienced Joe Skovron as jogger, who previously carried Rickie Fowler’s bag.

The new partnership already started to bear fruit last week at Torrey Pines when Åberg finished tenth.

The American Patrick Cantlay is third at 134 (-10) followed by the Frenchman Matthieu Pavon (who won last week at Torrey Pines), Emiliano Grillo of Argentina and Justin Thomas of America who finished together at 135 (-9).

The two South Africans Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Erik van Rooyen both finished together in 23rd position on 139 strokes (-5).

* In this year’s first LIV tournament played in Mayakoba in Cancun, Mexico, there is a lot of interest in the performance of Spaniard Jon Rahm, who is playing in his first tournament in the series.

Rahm finished at -5 under par and is seven shots behind the leader, Joaquin Niemann (Chile) who finished at -12.

Niemann is followed by the American Patrick Reed (-7), with the Spaniard Sergio Gercia at -6.

Dean Burmester (-4) did the best of the South Africans, with Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen (both -1) and Branden Grace (+2).

In the team division, Torque (-13) leads, followed by Cleeks and 4Aces (both -8), with the South African Stinger team up with Ripper (-6).

* On the Royal golf course in Bahrain, South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli leads with Joel Girrbach of Switzerland and Jesper Svensson (Sweden) on 135 strokes (-9) after the second round of the Bahrain Championship.

The tournament is part of the Dubai World Tour.

Frittelli, who scored 67 shots in the first round, followed that up with 68 shots in the second round on Friday afternoon.

The Spaniard Alejandro Del Rey is third at 136 (-8) with South Africa’s Ockie Strydom, Harrison Endycott (Australia), Jamie Donaldson (Wales) and the two Frenchmen Tom Valiant and Jullien Guerrier together fifth at 137 (-7).

They are followed by Zander Lombard (138, -6) in tenth position.

The other South Africans Darren Fichardt (139), Jaques Kruyswijk (-3 on the 17th), Casey Jarvis (146), Louis de Jager (147) and Brandon Stone and Jaco Prinsloo (both 149) also take part.

* In the local Sunshine Series’ SDC-Open played at the Zebula estate in Limpopo, the Frenchman Alexander Levy, South Africa’s Louis Albertse and the Welshman Rhys Enoch lead together on 132 shots (-12) after the second round .

South Africa’s Wilco Nienaber is on 133 (-11) followed by his compatriots Malcolm Mitchell, Gerhard Pepler and Jbé Kruger, as well as Curtis Knipes (England) and Angel Ayora (Spain), who are all together on -10.