Aberg shot 1-under during Friday’s third round and has a 65-61-70 – 196 scorecard going into Saturday’s final round which has him one ahead Christoffer Bring (-16) and in front of David Puig (-15), Joel Moscatel (-13) and Kiet Van Der Weele (-12). Along with Aberg, Texas Tech’s Alejandro Pedryc is at 5-under and Carl Didrik Meen Fosaas (-4) made the cut at the prestigious event.
Aberg, who is No. 3 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and the top European amateur, birdied his final hole on Friday to take the one-stroke lead after Bring had taken over the top of the leaderboard for much of the back-9. Aberg was coming off a record-setting second round where he shot 10-under to take command. Pedryc shot 3-under on Friday with four birdies and only one birdie to climb up to 27th on the leaderboard, while Fosaas is at 4-under after a third round where he shot 3-over.
Texas Tech signee Gustav Andersson missed the cut at 17-over.
An Eslov, Sweden native, Aberg began the tournament by shooting a round of 6-under, 65 on Wednesday which put him one shot back of the first-round leader Alexander Frances who was at 8-under. Frances dipped back on the leaderboard by shooting 5-over on Thursday while Aberg surged. A rising junior at Texas Tech, Aberg is the top ranked amateur at the tournament at No. 3 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and had not bogeyed through two rounds before making four on Friday. He also made five birdies though to take the 54-hole lead.
The 35th European Amateur Championship has 144 competitors from 32 different countries in the field this week before Friday’s cut of the top-60. Previous champions included Sergio Garcia (1995) and Rory McIlroy (2006). Aberg is looking to become the first Swedish player to win the event in over 20 years and would be the first Red Raider.
Aberg is coming off an All-American and All-Big 12 sophomore season at Texas Tech where he finished tied for eighth at the NCAA Championships and also earned victories at The Prestige, Thunderbird Collegiate and Jones Cup Invitational. Showcasing his consistency, he completed the season with nine top-10 finishes in 11 events played. Aberg competed in the Scandinavian Mixed in Sweden following the collegiate season, finishing 30th in the professional event.