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RBC Heritage: Ludvig Åberg self-discipline results in sturdy end

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Ludvig Åberg has performed Harbour City Golf Hyperlinks like a seasoned veteran, not a 24-year-old rookie.

He carded a 5-under 66 for the second straight day on Friday, sitting at 10-under by way of 36 holes on the RBC Heritage. The Swedish phenom sits one stroke behind Collin Morikawa, Sepp Straka, Tom Hoge, and J.T. Poston going into the weekend.

“All we’re attempting to do on this golf course is [hit] fairways and greens. [They] add up,” Åberg assessed.

“That’s what we’re attempting to do, give ourselves loads of seems to be on a regular basis. In the event you occur to sneak one in nearer, that’s nice.”

Åberg has accomplished that fantastically to this juncture, rating first in strokes gained off the tee and in strokes gained approaching the inexperienced on the halfway level.

However he has additionally remained disciplined on this Pete Dye format, which options tree-lined fairways, small and difficult greens, in addition to loads of hazards.

“Clearly, I got here out a little bit bit hotter yesterday than I did right now,” Åberg added.

Ludvig Åberg, RBC Heritage

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Ludvig Åberg hits a tee shot on the seventh gap throughout the second spherical of the 2024 RBC Heritage.
Photograph by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Photographs

“However we didn’t attempt to power something. We stayed very disciplined—me and [my caddie] Joe [Skovron]—to our targets, and ended up ending birdie-birdie, which was type of a bonus on these two holes, however clearly more than happy with the best way we’ve been enjoying.”

Along with making birdies on the seventeenth and 18th holes, Åberg made birdies on the difficult little par-4 thirteenth and the par-5 fifteenth, elevating him up the leaderboard and into the combination.

The birdie at 13 got here from 13 ft, whereas the one at 15 occurred to be a two-putt. Åberg launched a 7-wood over the bushes on the nook of the dogleg left to 14 ft away, however couldn’t convert the eagle alternative.

Nonetheless, he picked up a pair extra photographs on 17 and 18, due to his lethal precision along with his irons. His final two birdies got here from a mixed eight ft.

“All you’re attempting to do is hit the middle of the inexperienced most instances, and when you get a very good look, that’s nice,” Åberg added.

“However I feel it additionally comes all the way down to probably not attempting to power something, simply attempting to maintain hitting good photographs. I really feel like I’m swinging it the best way—very near the best way I wish to.”

If Åberg retains swinging like this, he absolutely will contend. But when he can proceed to stay this disciplined, something is feasible, which ought to put the remainder of the PGA Tour on discover.

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By. You’ll want to try @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You’ll be able to observe him on Twitter @jack_milko as effectively.

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