Karlberg finishes T12 in Italy

Fri 16 Sep 2016

Karlberg finishes T12 in Italy


Final Round Report

Monza, Italy, September 19: Rikard Karlberg of Sweden ended his title defence at the Italian Open in tied 12th place after shooting a three-under-par 68 on Sunday.

Karlberg, a two-time Asian Tour winner, totaled 14-under-par 270 to end his campaign eight shots back of the winner and home favourite Francesco Molinari at the Golf Club Milano.

David Lipsky of the United States, the 2014 Asian Tour number one, finished a further shot back following a 67.

Third Round Report

Monza, Italy, September 18: Korea's Byeonghun An kept up his pursut of France's Alexander Levy by firing five birdies through 13 holes to stay two shots back of the French leader at the weather-disrupted Italian Open on Saturday.

An, who played for Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup earlier this year, started off encouragingly with two opening birdies before adding more red numbers on holes nine, 11 and 13.

Defending champion Rikard Karlberg of Sweden, a two-time Asian Tour winner, is 10-under-par through nine holes, four shots back of Levy at Golf Club Milano.

Only eight players managed to sign their cards before darkness descended in Monza, meaning the remainder of the field will return at 7.30am to finish their rounds, before embarking on a fourth and final round on Sunday afternoon.

Second Round Report

Monza, Italy, September 17: Defending champion and first round leader Rikard Karlberg did not hit a shot on Friday at the weather-hit Italian Open as Chris Paisley opened up a one-shot lead.

Almost five hours were lost on Thursday at Golf Club Milano due to similar weather, with many of the early starters facing 36 holes on day two with only a short break between their first and second rounds.

Paisley was one under par after four holes when he came off the course on Thursday evening, and the Englishman returned to post a bogey-free 66 and sit just two shots behind overnight leader Karlberg, a two-time Asian Tour winner.

He continued his blemish-free run in the afternoon, making five birdies in 13 holes to get to ten under and open up a one-shot lead over Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett.

Play was stopped at 3.36pm with a torrential downpour flooding the course, and while attempts were made to get the players back out, the threat of lightning meant they would not return.

The action is set to resume at 7.30am on Saturday morning, with the second wave of players – including Karlberg – all yet to begin their second rounds.

Clubhouse leader Richard Green was one of just four players to complete their second rounds. The Australian sits on eight under par alongside Chris Hanson and Alexander Levy, one shot clear of Andy Sullivan and Karlberg.

First Round Report

Monza, Italy, September 16: Defending champion Rikard Karlberg of Sweden finished with an eagle to open up a one-shot lead over home favourite Francesco Molinari at the end of the first day of the weather-affected Italian Open on Thursday.

The Swede, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour in 2010, had just parred his first hole when play was stopped for the second time of the day due to torrential rain and the threat of lightning at 10.55am, with four hours and 55 minutes lost overall.

When play resumed at 1.30pm, the sun came out and with very little wind and soft greens, scoring conditions were close to ideal as Karlberg posted a seven-under-par 64 to lead by one shot from Molinari, the 2006 Italian Open champion.

Karlberg’s win at Golf Club Milano last season was his first on the European Tour, and he has achieved four top tens since then – including an impressive runner-up finish at the BMW PGA Championship.

The 29 year old has now returned to a happy hunting ground and was glad to get the first round finished, with all players in the second wave having at least ten holes left to play – and some unable even to start on Thursday.

“That was good as it gets. It was a great round. I felt at a few tournaments there have been too many bogeys, and I haven’t been able to save par to get the round going. But today I did that very well, and in the end I shot seven under. So I’m very happy with that.

“You know you’re going to get chances round here, but you still have to keep it a bit cool and try to hit greens. I kept my cool, even though it was a longer day than we thought it’d be. Standing over the last shot into green on the ninth, I just said myself: ‘I’m so tired, but it’s just one more shot.’ So I was pleased to execute it as well as I did," said Karlberg.

Play will resume at 7.30am on Friday morning, when the likes of Danny Willett, Matt Fitzpatrick and Andy Sullivan will hope to fine tune their preparations for The Ryder Cup.