72° OPEN D’ITALIA. Rikard Karlberg Wins Maiden Title in a Play-Off

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Rikard Karlberg, from Sweden, wins his maiden European Tour title with a play-off victory at the 72° Open D’Italia tournament at Golf Club Milano in Italy.

72° Open D'Italia

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Rikard shot a final round -5 under par 67, to tie Martin Kaymer at the top of the 72º Open D’Italia leaderboard on -19 under par. Martin had looked set to win, leading by three shots at one time at -21 under, but collapsed on the back nine, allowing Rikard to catch him.

Rikard confirmed how crazy this game can be, winning with a birdie on the second play-off hole;

“It’s crazy, I told my caddy on the last five holes that we probably needed five birdies to have a chance and two was enough to get in a play-off and get my first win and to do it against Kaymer it feels unbelievable.”

“I just tried to hit the fairway which I wasn’t even close to doing and just seeing him splitting the fairway felt, ‘okay, I’m not going to win on his mistake, I need to do a birdie.”

“I had a perfect yardage on the last shot there and a good lie, thankfully. It was a little bit lucky but I hit it great. It felt nice.”

Martin is back playing in Europe because he didn’t qualify for the PGA Tour’s FedExCup Playoffs, and has now lost his s 2015-16 PGA Tour card because he did not compete in the required number of events in the U.S. The PGA requires a player to attend 15 events, Martin had only competed in 12, he was assuming he would pay in the FedEx events to get him up to 15, a serious miscalculation on his part.

 Fabrizio ZanottiJens Fahrbring, Joakim LagergrenMatt FitzpatrickDavid LipskyLucas Bjerregaard and Danny Willett all finished tied in third place at -18 under par, just one shot off the play-off.

Low round of the day went to Joakim Lagergren, -9 under par 63.

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