Karlberg ready to maintain charge

Tue 22 Apr 2014

Karlberg ready to maintain charge

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Jakarta, April 22: Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg will be seeking to extend his good form when he tees off at the US$750,000 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters which starts on Thursday.
The 27-year-old Swede surged to the top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit following his tied-fifth finish in Malaysia last week and believes he can continue to do well against a star-studded field at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
Major winner Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson and EurAsia Cup stars Thongchai Jaidee, Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand, India’s Anirban Lahiri and Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman will headline the event.
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh
“I’m feeling very confident after that good result in Malaysia last week and I hope to have a good week here in Jakarta as well. This is a course that suits me as it’s long off the tee and you can get pretty good opportunities. I’m also having lots of good vibes especially with my position on the Order of Merit and I hope it continues that way,” said Karlberg.
Winless on the Asian Tour since his double victory in India in 2010, Karlberg knows he is close to rediscovering that winning form especially with two top-five finishes in three starts.
“I just feel that if I get impatient, I’ll not get it. So I don’t think about it that much anymore and it’s showing. It’s going to be tough as the field is strong and you got to play really well to win. And that’s always a constant on this Tour,” said Karlberg.
Karlberg is looking to achieve what he has not done in the last four years since he made his debut on the region’s premier Tour in 2010. While it is still early days, the Swede is determined to earn the honour of being Asia’s number one by the end of the season.
“I finished third in my rookie season and I’ve always wanted to be number one. I haven’t really succeeded but hopefully I can do that this year,” said Karlberg.
Meanwhile EurAsia Cup hero Siddikur is determined to display that similar fighting spirit where Asia rallied back to force a 10-10 draw with Europe in the Ryder Cup style event last month.
“The EurAsia Cup was a great event and will always remain as a good memory for me. It never fails to bring a smile to my face each time I think about the EurAsia Cup as we fought back really hard and I want to bring that same fighting spirit over to every event I play in,” said Siddikur, who contributed two points in that memorable draw with Europe.
The two-time Asian Tour winner posted his best result of tied-third at the inaugural CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters in 2011 and is looking forward to better that result this week.
“I’ve been playing the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters every year since it started and I really enjoy coming back to Royale Jakarta Golf Club. I’m still feeling confident although I did not get that desired result in Malaysia last week. I’m hitting the ball well and I’m feeling positive about my game. If I can continue to hit like that, I stand a good chance this week,” said Siddikur.
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond is also highly charged and ready to show his prodigious talent again at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
Playing in his third straight event, the 18-year-old is raring to get off the blocks quickly again.
“This is my third week playing competitive golf and it’s a brand new experience as I have not played three events in a row before. Mentally, I’m feeling energise as I’m already into competition mode and I can’t wait to get started again,” said Jazz.
Jazz showed his talent at an early age when he became the youngest ever player to make the halfway cut at the 2010 Asian Tour International in Bangkok at the age of 14 years and 71 days.
Having the opportunity of playing alongside some of the world’ best players in recent weeks, the young Thai is looking to put that experience to good effect at the CIMB Niaga Indonesia Masters.
“I played with Francesco Monlinari and Marcel Siem in Malaysia last week and it was a good opportunity for me to observe their playing styles. I didn’t really care about the end result as the more important thing was what I managed to learn from the week. It’ll be good if I can get the chance to play alongside the star players again this week as this would mean I’m doing well,” said Jazz.
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
The CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters has enjoyed strong support with many of leading names committed to ensuring the event continues to be successful.
They include main partners Pertamina, BMW Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia, Freeport, Oakley and SvinGolf.
The CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters will also reach out to over 200 countries and 627 million households via the Asian Tour’s global television platform.
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About CIMB Niaga
CIMB Niaga was established as Bank Niaga in 1955. CIMB Group holds around 97.94% of the stakes in CIMB Niaga. The Bank offers a comprehensive suite of both conventional and Islamic banking products and services, through an expanding delivery channel network of 974 offices all over Indonesia as at 30 September 2013, including  585 branches, 350 Mikro Laju units (including 21 outlets in the branch offices), and 60 cash/payment points. CIMB Niaga has more than 14,000 employees all over Indonesia
CIMB Niaga encourages people to share high growth and take advantage of all the potential that South-East Asia regions bring – in line with CIMB Group’s brand positioning: “ASEAN for You”.
CIMB Group is Malaysia’s second largest financial services provider and one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. It offers consumer banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, asset management and insurance products and services. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in  8 out of 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam and Myanmar). Beyond ASEAN, the Group has market presence in China, Hong Kong, Bahrain, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Australia, the US, UK and Korea. CIMB Group is listed on Bursa Malaysia via CIMB Group Holdings Berhad. It has a market capitalisation of USD17,6 billion as at 30 September 2013. The Group has over 41,000 employees located in 17 countries.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.