Euro Ryder Cup crew chasing Ludvig Aberg at BMW PGA Championship

Ludvig Åberg continues to amaze.

After storming from behind to win the Omega European Masters, Åberg now holds a share of the 36-hole lead on the BMW PGA Championship—the flagship occasion of the DP World Tour.

He sits at 10-under par, tied with fellow Swede Sebastian Söderberg.

Åberg, who’s simply 23 years previous, carded a 6-under 66 Friday whereas enjoying with fellow European Ryder Cuppers Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland.

“Enjoying with these two guys has been plenty of enjoyable and a brand new expertise for me,” Åberg mentioned after his spherical. “I’m attempting to take every part I can and study from it as a result of they’ve finished a lot so efficiently on this recreation, and I’m attempting to select up some issues they’re doing as effectively.”

Ludvig Åberg, Viktor Hovland, Rory McIlroy, BMW PGA Championship

Ludvig Åberg, Viktor Hovland, and Rory McIlroy wait on the 14th tee in the course of the second spherical of the 2023 BMW PGA Championship.
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Humorous sufficient, McIlroy and Hovland didn’t play in addition to Åberg.

McIlroy struggled however relied on his clutch gene to make the reduce on the quantity. Hovland, in the meantime, sits at 5-under, as he shot a 2-under 70 on Friday.

However loads of different members of Staff Europe are enjoying effectively at Wentworth.

Tommy Fleetwood matched Åberg with a 66 of his personal on Friday, because the Englishman sits only one stroke again at 9-under.

“Yeah, performed rather well,” Fleetwood mentioned afterward. “I simply stayed affected person. I knew I used to be hitting it effectively. I saved hitting the suitable pictures off the tee and simply giving myself appears, and hopefully, by the legislation of averages, I hit some respectable putts, and a few will go in, and possibly there’s nonetheless my fair proportion on the market over the weekend.”

Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, BMW PGA Championship

Tommy Fleetwood stands alongside 2023 Ryder Cup teammate Shane Lowry in the course of the second spherical of the 2023 BMW PGA Championship.
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Fleetwood has been knocking on the door all season. He has 9 prime 10s, together with a runner-up end on the RBC Canadian Open. The Southport, England native has performed spectacularly all yr, despite the fact that he has not entered the profitable circle.

Maybe he’ll achieve this this weekend.

Both manner, Fleetwood will probably be a thorn in Staff USA’s facet in Rome.

So, too, will Sepp Straka, who additionally carded a 6-under 66 Friday. Straka received the John Deere Traditional in July and can turn out to be the primary Austrian to play within the Ryder Cup. He sits at 8-under par by 36 holes.

One stroke behind him at 7-under is Tyrrell Hatton, whereas Jon Rahm and Matt Fitzpatrick are each 6-under.

Meaning seven members of the European Ryder Cup crew are inside 5 pictures of the lead.

And, after all, it’s the younger stud Åberg who leads the way in which.

Be careful, Staff USA, the Europeans are rounding into type, and so they have revenge on their minds.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Enjoying By. You possibly can observe him on Twitter @jack_milko for extra golf protection. Make sure to try @_PlayingThrough too.


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