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.

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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.

Helsingborg Open. Nicole Wins 1st L.E.T. Title

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Nicole Broch Larsen, from Denmark, wins her 1st L.E.T. title at the Helsingborg Open in a wire to wire victory on the Vasatorps Golf Club in Sweden.

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Nicole secured her maiden Tour win, at the Helsingborg Open, despite carding a final round +2 over par 75. Her -12 under par total for the tournament was good enough to get the job done, she has now earned a place in next week’s Major, the Evian Championship;

“It was close. I got very nervous in the end.”

“I played well at the start but the double bogey set me back.”

“On the last four or five holes I was very nervous because I didn’t get into the flow today.”

“This win couldn’t come at a better place, here in Sweden with a lot of guys from home and after my second place in the Czech Republic, it’s just amazing.”

Ashleigh Simon, from South Africa, pushed hard, but with winds gusting at 35 mph, it was a tough day, and  -1 under 72 was not enough on the day;

“It was really tough out there today. I just ground it out, was really happy to shoot under par.”

“The last few holes were particularly tough, playing really long. I hit two 3-woods and my short game, I hit some really good chips coming down the last few holes to save me so I’m happy with the score.”

“I knew I had to stay patient. I had done this before and I knew there were tough holes coming in.”

“I just barely lipped out for birdie on my 17th and then I thought maybe the one on 18 would keep rolling in but it wasn’t meant to be and Nicole played really good the last three days.”

Denmark figured strongly in this tournament, with Malene Jorgensen in third place at -10 under, and Nanna Koerstz Madsen in a tie for fourth spot.

Malene was happy with her performance, and also for her friend Nicole’s win’

 “I’m very happy with the way I played, especially after my first round 74, because I didn’t think I’d be here.”

“I’m really good friends with Nicole and we travel a lot together so I’m really pleased for her.”


Helsingborg Open. Nicole in Place for a Wire to Wire Win

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Nicole Broch Larsen is in firmly in place for a wire to wire win at the Helsingborg Open on the  Vasatorps Golf Club course in Sweden.

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Nicole, from Denmark, shot a solid third round of -5 under par 68 in heavy rain, in the third round of the Helsingborg Open. She posted a -14 under par 54 hole total, and will take a four shot lead into the final round of her quest for a wire to wire win. A win here would book her place in next week’s Evian Championship in France, which is the final Major of the year.

Nicole is only lady in the tournament to have shot three rounds in the 60s, the best moment today came on the par five 16th, where she hit driver, and then a 3-wood, leaving a nine foot putt for eagle, which she duly rolled in;

“Today I could putt on three of the par fives so it was nice to hit it long and reach the par fives.”

“It’s really nice that I kept it going and I’m in the lead so tomorrow is going to be exciting. I don’t know what I have to shoot but I’ll make a number and go for it,”

“I played very well today and make few mistakes and when I did I fought back.”

Ashleigh Simon, from South Africa, is still in second place, but now four shots back of the leader, a -2 under par 71 could not help her to keep the pressure on, poor putting was the reason for her lack of progress;

“I hit it good today and didn’t hole as many putts as yesterday but that’s kind of what happens when you have nine birdies in a round.”

“I’m still happy with the way I played. I didn’t hit it too good the last three holes but I’m only four behind and Nicole played great so it was good to feed off each other.”

“We don’t know what the weather’s going to do tomorrow. Nicole’s had three really good rounds and she’s playing really consistent so I’m going to need a good low one to try and beat her.”

Third place belongs to Malene Jorgensen, another lady from Denmark, she had a -4 under par 69 to give her a -8 under par tournament total.





Helsingborg Open. Nicole Keeps Ahead.

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Nicole Broch Larsen keeps ahead of the chasing pack in the Helsingborg Open at  Vasatorps Golf Club in Sweden.

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Nicole carded a second round of -4 under par 69 to stay ahead in the Helsingborg Open with a tournament total of -9 under par.

Nicole said this is where she wants to be, and her putter is working well;

“This is where I want to be.”

“Today I had a bit of a bad start. My front nine was not as good as I wanted but on the back nine I made a couple of birdies in a row and just kept going.”

“I’m a long hitter, so I had some short irons into some of the par fives, but then I missed some of the fairways as well and didn’t get up and down.”

“On the back nine, I hit it close and got the putter going so it was nice to bounce back that way.”

Ashleigh Simon from South Africa, is in second place following her -8 under par 65, giving her a total of -8 under, She was really proud of her achievement, and sinking three birdie putts in a row;

“I’m really chuffed. I got off to a really good start, three birdies in a row, lipped out on my fourth and then holed a really nice putt from off the green on the par three 14th.”

“Unfortunately I bogeyed the 18th, which was my ninth, but nine was in my head and I nearly got to it.”

“I putted really well today, hit some nice shots and just converted them.”

“I found something this week and worked on it over the phone with my coach, Doug Wood.”

“My grip had got quite strong, so I weakened that a little bit. I’d been hitting it left the last few weeks and was just getting it around.”

Swedish rookie Lina Boqvist holds third place at -7 under par, her second round -5 under par 68 giving her that place on her own.

 Katie Burnett of the United States is a stroke back in fourth spot at -6 under par, while the chasing pack of six ladies are on -5 under for the competition.

Helsingborg Open. Nicole Broch Larsen Leads.

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Nicole Broch Larsen, from Denmark, leads the Helsingborg Open  at Vasatorps Golf Club in Sweden.

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Nicole shot a first round -5 under par 68, on the  Vasatorps Golf Club par 73 layout, in the Helsingborg Open.

Nicole sadly  lost to Hannah Burke at the Tipsport Golf Masters in Pilsen three weeks ago, but thinks she has something to prove here;

“I really like the course and I feel good and I think I have something to show people after the last tournament in the Czech Republic.”

“I’ve been working hard the last few weeks to get here and be in contention again so it’s nice that it worked today.”

“I’m trying to keep it up for the next three days.”

Compatriot Nanna Koerstz Madsen is in second place, just one shot back at – 4 under par, she lives  just an hour and ten minutes away across the Danish border, and is hoping to win this tournament to qualify for next week’s Evian Championship in France;

“I had a rough start as I hit a tree and it was almost a lost ball, but we found it.”

“It was a bit of a nervous start but then I calmed down.”

“I think I have too many expectations for myself. It’s an important tournament for me and I have a lot of people I know here, watching. I want to have a good event.”

Four ladies are tied in third position, at -3 under par, Charlotte Thompson, Pernilla Lindberg, Beth Allen and Kylie Walker.

Kylie was happy how she played in the rougher afternoon conditions;

“I just played solid and hit my irons well so I gave myself plenty of chances.”

“It was tough conditions when the rain came down and it was quite windy, so I was happy with how I played.”

Pernilla, the top ranked player in the field, was more than happy with her -3 under par round

 “I maybe could have wished for a shot or two better because I was four under making the turn.”

“If someone offered me a three under this morning I would have taken it.”

Nordea Masters. Alex Noren Wins

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Alex Noren wins the Nordea Masters title at PGA Sweden National, in MalmöSweden.

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Alex cruised to a four shot win at the Nordea Masters, a final round of -1 under par 71 gave him his winning total of -12 under par. This is the second time Alex has won this title, he also won in 2011 at the Bro Hoff Golf Club in Stockholm.

He spoke about the tough windy conditions, and enjoying the moment;

“I’m so pleased. Now I can relax a bit because it was probably the toughest weekend in terms of wind I’ve ever felt.” 

“When you’re in the lead you can think a lot, and it was very tough.”

“I hit a few bad shots, I think on the seventh, eighth and ninth, but I played quite well on the back nine.”

“I didn’t have to look for my ball in the rough or anything, so it was not that stressful.”

“The win in the 2011 Nordea Masters was very thrilling; this one is very pleasing.”

“I wasn’t too confident coming into this week because I’ve had a tough time in the wind lately and here you really have to hit the right shots to get around. I got better as the week went on.”

“I’ve had a few good tournaments but I haven’t played well on the last day. When I’ve had a chance, like at Wentworth I had a small chance, I’ve had a slow round.” 

“I kept my poise and tried to hit the shots we needed, and it worked. My caddie really helped calm me down and make me stick to my routine.”

“You have to enjoy the good days in this game because you have plenty of bad ones.”

Søren Kjeldsen, winner of last week’s Irish Open, was second, a final round -1 under par 71 meant he could not put any pressure on the leader, he finished the tournament on -8 under par.

Søren came to his Home championship determined to put up a good performance; 

 “I was really determined to come and play well here. I didn’t quite know how to react after last week and I wasn’t sure how much it took out of me, but Alistair helped a lot and on Tuesday lunchtime we said it’s time to get back to work.”

“I’ve done that and mentally I felt very good. Today was especially pleasing because I learned a lesson last week about looking at leaderboards.”

“I never looked at one today and it helped me a lot. I felt very calm all day, even on the last few holes.”

 “I didn’t quite feel that I’d done enough. I played a really solid round today but I knew I probably needed something pretty special to give me a chance.”

“I didn’t quite do that but I was very pleased with the way I played.”

Local Malmö boy Jens Dantorp shared third place with Maximilian Kieffer, Alex Levy and Sebastian Soderberg, all at -6 under par for the competition.

Max enjoyed his week in Sweden, but was a little disappointed not to have won;

“It has been a great week. Obviously I’m a bit disappointed because when you’re in contention on the final day, you want to win it.”

“But it’s another experience I can learn from.”

“I’m very happy for Alex. He’s a nice guy and a great player and deserved to win.”

“Without the injuries he’d probably be in the top ten in the world. After so long out, I’m happy he came back and won.”




Nordea Masters. Alex Noren Has 54 hole Lead.

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Alex Noren has the 54 hole lead in the Nordea Masters, and will take a two shot lead into the final round in Malmö, Sweden at the  PGA Sweden National golf course.

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Alex shot the low round of the day in the windy  third round of the Nordea Masters, a -5 under par 67, giving him a tournament total of -11 under par, following a two-hour suspension for a morning thunderstorm at PGA Sweden National.

Alex is very happy with his game, especially his putting;

“It’s very nice and I’m very happy to play the way I did today, especially my putting.”

“My whole game, in fact, was pretty good. It was a great start. I hit some good shots on one and two and holed a couple of good putts on four and five.”

“The year has been fantastic, I’ve had a few good finishes and steadier play. I’m working hard on hitting the right shots at the right times, and on days like today you get a good test of it.”

Maximilian Kieffer is in second place, a third round -2 under par 70 taking his total score to -9 under par, two shots off the lead.

Sharing third place at -8 under par are Sebastian Soderberg and Jens Dantorp, who started the day at the top of the leaderboard, but stood still really in the third round with -1 under and +1 over respectively.

Local Malmö player Jens spoke about the difficult conditions;

“It was a tough day, the wind was blowing hard and it was tricky because it’s warmer and you couldn’t really feel the wind at the beginning.”

“After a while you learned that it’s blowing even harder than the other days. It’s really gusty as well, so anything can happen.”

“I’m proud of how I’ve played, but it’s tricky. I’ve improved a lot since this time last year, not so much with the golf swing or anything technical, but mentally.” 

“I feel a lot more comfortable being in this position. I’m enjoying being on the leaderboard, whereas a year ago I was a bit stressed about it.”

The 18-year-old amateur Marcus Kinhult, who had been at the top of the leaderboard, fell back to earth with +5 over par 77 today, which saw him fall  to T14 on -4 under.

Of the top eight players on the board, six are Swedish, with only Maximilian Kieffer in second spot, and Søren Kjeldsen, in fifth, who are the only players who could possibly spoil the Swedish party and win this tournament.

World number four Henrik Stenson has never won his National Open is one of the top eight, he had a -4 under par third round and sits on the leaderboard T6, at -6 under par.