Oklahoma, Texas Tech's Ludvig Aberg take charge at the Big 12 Championships
Ludvig Aberg (Texas Tech photo)
Texas Tech's Ludvig Aberg firmly took control of the Big 12 Championships on Tuesday by firing a third-round 63 at Prairie Dunes Golf Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
At 14-under 196 through 54 holes, the world's top-ranked amateur will take a comforable seven-stroke lead over Oklahoma State's Jonas Baumgartner into Wednesday's final round of stroke play.
Aberg, who began the day two strokes off the lead, birdied holes 3, 6 and 7 to make the turn at 3-under and added four more birdies on the backside for a bogey-free 63, which established a Texas Tech school record at a Big 12 Conference Championship and tied the conference championship record set by Gran Hirschman of Oklahoma in 2016.
On the strength of Aberg's record-setting round, Texas Tech jumped into second place in the team standings at 9-over 849, 11 shots back of first-place Oklahoma which sits at 2-under.
The Sooners, ranked 11th by Golfweek/Sagarin, will look to lock down its second consecutive Big 12 title tomorrow, a feat which has not been accomplished by a Sooner team since 1956-57., quite
Oklahoma is the only team in red numbers through three rounds, quite the accomplsihment given the windy, cold and wet conditions at Prairie Dunes.
Three-time All-American Patrick Welch carded an even-par 70 on Tuesday to grab a share of third at 2-under 208 while Drew Goodman sits in fifth place at 1-under 209. Freshman Jase Summy (6th) and Ben Lorenz (t-8th) also hold spots in the top-10.
Oklahoma and Texas Tech will be paired together for Wednesday's final round.
ABOUT THE Big 12 Championship
72 hole men's collegiate championship of the Big
12 Conference. Team (best four scores out of five
players each round) and individual competitions.
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