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Ludvig Aberg talks about difficulties as mentally ‘demanding’ US Open engulfs Tiger Woods and others

The US Open rankings have proven to be quite surprising. After the second round at Pinehurst No. 2, Tiger Woods and other notable players like Viktor Hovland struggled with the course’s difficulty and ultimately missed the cut. In a surprising twist, debutant Ludvig Aberg leads the rankings.

Woods finished his tournament with a total score of 147, 7 over par, missing out on further play. Meanwhile, Aberg leads with a score of 135, 5 under par. Despite his position at the top, Aberg has something to say about Pinehurst No. 2 and its exhausting nature.

What does Ludvig Aberg have to say about Pinehurst No. 2?

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Designed by Donald Ross, Pinehurst No. 2 stands among nine other courses at the Pinehurst resort and is known for its challenging design. The greens, with their inverted bowl shapes, present a formidable challenge for approach shots. Playing at Pinehurst No. 2 requires both physical and mental strength, according to Ludvig Aberg.

After the second round concluded, the 24-year-old attended a press conference where he discussed his past experiences and was asked a barrage of five questions at once: “I was wondering, since you’re the first experience here and you just tend to maybe take some bad shots, how do you keep your focus? What do you take into account? What are you doing? How do you deal with that mentally, and how do you maintain and maintain your consistency?”

After hearing all the questions, Aberg began discussing the challenges of the course, also focusing on its mental demands, saying: “Of course. It is a demanding golf course, not only physically but also mentally. It takes a lot of discipline and patience when hitting these greens.” The 24-year-old required significant mental and physical effort and highlighted his approach to dealing with the challenge, stating: “I think I just have to play with a lot of acceptance. I have to make sure that things don’t always go perfectly.”

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He later pointed out that everyone, no matter who he or she is, will encounter difficulties on this course, saying: “Most likely, all the players in the field will have a struggle at some point during the round, and when that does occur, it’s just one of them. All I try to do is execute the golf shots the best I can, and when I do that, it’s great. But if not, we just have to deal with it, try to get back into position as quickly as possible and try to get the ball in the hole.”

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As Aberg said about maintaining a strategic approach, it seems Pinehurst demands just that with physical and mental strength, as shots aimed close to the pin can unexpectedly roll away and often end up thirty yards off target. The course has slopes that slope in different directions. That’s why it’s crucial to watch every shot carefully, as Pinehurst No. 2 has already caused a number of renowned professionals to miss the cut.

Which renowned pros couldn’t make it at the US Open?

Starting with the fifteen-time major champion Tiger Woods, this time it was not an injury that caused problems. Instead, his score of 7 over par 147, with rounds of 74 and 73 over two days, was the problem. As a result, Woods missed the cut by two strokes and left the course early. This must be heartbreaking for him as the 48-year-old suffered the same fate at the PGA Championship and missed the cut. The following is Victor Hovland. His first round was tough, marked by six bogeys and two double bogeys.

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Despite a strong effort in the Friday round with six birdies, that was not enough and he missed the cut by one stroke. Dustin Johnson, the 2016 US Open champion, has joined the list of notable players missing the cut this weekend. The LIV pro scored 9 over 149 and missed the cut by four strokes. Given the tough course conditions, who could win the US Open this time? Share your thoughts in the comments below!