Aberg leads the Big 12 Championship


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TRINITY, Texas – Texas Tech junior Ludvig Aberg owns the lead going into the final round of the 2022 Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship at 5-under-par, while the No. 5 Red Raiders are in fourth and six back in the team standings at the Whispering Pines Golf Club.

The final round of the tournament is set for Wednesday in a championship format that was reduced to 54 holes after rain all day on Monday. The first and second rounds were completed on Tuesday with the Red Raiders posting 3-under after shooting 286-287 during their two rounds. No. 9 Texas leads the championship at 9-under followed by No. 1 Oklahoma which is at 8-under and No. 2 Oklahoma State (6-under).

Aberg tops the individual leaderboard at 5-under following rounds of 68 and 71 on Tuesday and is one stroke ahead of Aman Gupta (Oklahoma State), Cole Hammer (Texas) and Chris Gotterup (Oklahoma) who are all at 4-under through 36 holes. Tech senior Andy Lopez is in a tie for ninth through two rounds of 72-71 which has him at 1-under, while Calum Scott is tied for 17th at 2-over. Sandy Scott posted 76-73 (4-over) and Beard Skogen shot 72-80 (8-over) in their opening rounds of the postseason.

There are currently 12 of the 50 competitors under-par going into the final round.

Aberg was tied for the lead after the opening round with him and Gotterup both at 4-under. He made six birdies during the first round with only two bogeys before a second round with three birdies. Aberg, who is at No. 3 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, finished his day with 11 straight pars to take the one-stroke advantage into Wednesday. Through 36 holes, Aberg has 23 pars and nine birdies.

Lopez shot even par in his first round before shooting 1-under in the second round to get into the top-10. He birdied the first hole of his second round and finished the round with birdies on two of his final three. A senior from Plano, Lopez has eight birdies through 36 holes. Calum Shot posted 74-72 in his first two rounds of the first conference tournament of his career, while Sandy Scott posted 76-73 with an eagle on the par-5, 532-yard No. 12 hole to highlight his day.

The first round of the championship was suspended due to rain on Monday before resuming at 8 am on Tuesday. At the time of Monday’s suspension, Tech led the tournament at 5-under-par with Lopez leading at 2-under through six holes, while Aberg, Skogen and Calum Scott were all at 1-under early into their opening round.

Aberg looks to become the second Red Raider to ever win the Big 12 Championship and the first since Chris Ward in 2010. Ward won the individual title by shooting 9-under at the Whispering Pines Golf Club. Aberg finished fourth at last year’s conference championship event.

The Big 12 Championship will lead into the NCAA Tournament with selections and regional site locations coming on Wednesday, May 4 at 3 pm (CT) on the Golf Channel. The championship is set for Grayhawk Golf Club on May 27-June 1 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Tech has advanced to 19 straight NCAA Tournaments, including last season when it won the Albuquerque Regional before taking 11th overall at the championship.

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