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The Memorial: Ludvig Aberg, Viktor Hovland chasing Scottie Scheffler

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Ludvig Åberg and Viktor Hovland are in competition at the Memorial Event. Nonetheless, they must chase down Scottie Scheffler to take action.

Hovland fired off his second straight 3-under 69 to take a seat at 6-under, three pictures behind Scheffler. Åberg shot an even-par 72 on Friday to remain at 4-under, 5 pictures off the tempo.

Scheffler shot a 4-under 68 to get to 9-under, as he holds agency management of the match.

The situations at Muirfield Village had been tough, because the wind gave many gamers suits. But, the 2 Ryder Cup companions stayed targeted to keep away from dropping down the leaderboard.

Hovland recorded 5 birdies and two bogeys in spherical two. Though he might have shot the identical rating, the 26-year-old felt the observe performed a lot harder on Friday.

“The greens had been firmer right now, in order that already makes the greens play somewhat bit smaller,” Hovland stated.

“Some good gusts and regular winds make it much more tough. I did a superb job of hitting a bunch of fairways, however even then, there was loads of considering and guessing going into the greens. It’s exhausting to get it near the outlet, however I managed to do this right now.”

Hovland led the sector on Friday in greens in regulation as he hit 16-of-18. He was additionally fourth in driving accuracy, with 12-of-14 drives discovering the golf green—a large enchancment from Thursday’s spherical when he hit solely 9 fairways and 10 greens.

“I assumed there have been some tough pins [on Thursday], however there have been some good ones right now as effectively,” Hovland stated.

“I’m simply comfortable to play higher right now. Hit it loads nicer. I missed just a few quick ones, however nonetheless, yeah, simply performed nice.”

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Åberg needed to grind all through his spherical. He recorded two birdies and two bogeys. Nonetheless, these 14 pars proved large, maintaining him on the primary web page of the leaderboard.

The previous Texas Tech Crimson Raider felt his sport improved even when the scorecard didn’t point out that.

“Though it performed more durable and the rating wasn’t the identical, it nonetheless felt somewhat bit higher, I suppose,” Åberg stated.

“I’m happy with the consequence. It was a tricky day, loads of up-and-downs and bunker pictures and whatnot. So, total, I’m trying ahead to the following couple of days.”

One among his finest moments of the day got here on the par-4 seventeenth. He made an unbelievable hole-out from the greenside bunker for birdie.

Åberg performed alongside Scheffler the primary two days however was not intimidated. Most gamers know the two-time Masters champion will do nice issues on the course.

“I can solely do myself and might management what I can management,” Åberg stated.

“He’s taking part in very, superb golf, and it doesn’t look very tough when he’s taking part in, however all I can do is attempt to sustain and ensure I’m not too far behind.”

Åberg and Hovland are inside attain, particularly with 36 holes to play. If Hovland retains taking part in this effectively, he may win back-to-back Memorial Tournaments. Nonetheless, the observe will solely get more durable to sort out because it sinks its tooth into these gamers. Chasing down Scheffler provides to the general problem, too.

Savannah Leigh Richardson is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By. For extra golf protection, remember to comply with us @_PlayingThrough on all main social platforms. You can even comply with her on Twitter @SportsGirlSL and Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports.

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