Ludvig Aberg in contention at the Arnold Palmer Invitational
03 Mar 2023
by Jim Young of AmateurGolf.com
see also: Ludvig Aberg Rankings
Photo (Andy Abeyta) courtesy of Texas Tech Athletics
has plans this weekend outside of competing with his Texas Tech teammates at the Cabo Collegiate
Playing on a sponsor exemption this week, not only did Aberg make the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but the second-ranked (Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com) amateur in the world is tied for ninth place after carding his second consecutive round of 70 on Friday at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. At 4-under 140, the Texas Tech senior is five strokes behind 36-hole leader Kurt Kitayama heading into the weekend.
After going out in even par on Friday, the Swede picked made three birdies and dropped just one shot on his inward nine for a 2-under round of 70. Over his first two rounds, Aberg has played the back nine at Bay Hill at 7-under par.
Contending on the big stage is nothing new for Aberg, a native of Eslöv, Sweden. In January, he shared the first-round lead with Ian Poulter at the DP Tour's Hero Dubai Classic
after firing a 7-under 65. It was his third DP World Tour event following appearances in the 2018 Nordea Masters and the 2021 Scandinavian Mixed. Aberg also made three previous starts on the PGA TOUR where he made the cut at the 2021 Butterfield Bermuda Challenge.
The No. 1 player in the PGA Tour U's Velocity Global Ranking, Aberg honed his game for the Arnold Palmer Invitational by winning The Prestige at PGA West
last week by a stroke over Pepperdine's William Mouw.
Should Aberg hold on to the top spot, he would become a full-time PGA Tour member and be eligible for all open, full-field events following the conclusion of the NCAA Championship in May.