Hero Honda Indian Open
Rikard Karlberg, Overrules Delhi

“It feels just amazing. I feel so comfortable when I’m here. Even when I was struggling today, I felt confident. I am really thankful for the support from the fans and I really like it here, to sink the chip, it feels amazing. If you gave me 100 times, I wouldn’t sink it so many. I was so lucky that the pin was in the way as it came out a bit hot. This is my biggest win and it feels just amazing,” Rikard Karlberg

It is still fresh in our memory when in his two-time visit to Indonesia this year, Thai rookie player, Thanyakorn Khrongpha, triumphantly took home the winning trophy of two Kariza’s events from different courses. Undoubtedly, the name Indonesia was engraved in the record of his tour career .

The same thing happened to Sweden Rikard Kalberg in this tour season. In the last eight months, he victoriously won two titles in India. And it became a very special victory to him as he won at the same course and tournament series in his first year on Asian Tour.

Delhi Golf Club is likely to always be the most histroical course in Rikard Karlberg’s life when last December 5, he dramatically finished his game by placing his ball on the marquee area at the edge of hole 18th par 5 . Actually he was ahead by one stroke from Korean Baek Seuk-Hyun , who was the overnight leade. With that score , he needed two-shot swing to force Seuk-Hyun into the play off.

After taking a free drop, Karlberg sank a chip-in. And that could not make Baek Seuk- Hyun‘s two-putt par taking down Karlberg’s position from the top of the leaderboard as the winner.

“It feels just amazing. I feel so comfortable when I’m here. Even when I was struggling today, I felt confident. I am really thankful for the support from the fans and I really like it here,” said the Swede who just turned 24 four days before.
“To sink the chip, it feels amazing. If you gave me 100 times, I wouldn’t sink it so many. I was so lucky that the pin was in the way as it came out a bit hot. This is my biggest win and it feels just amazing,” said Karlberg who totaled 11 under par (277).

The local player, Manav Jaini who held the lead on the back nine with 5 birdies , was very disappointed with his performance on the last round. His lack of experience to be on top of the leaderboard in a big event might have given him a big pressure. He slid down the leaderboard after wedged bogeys on the 10th ,16th, and 17th and shared the T3 with his countryman Shiv Kapur.

“I’m very disappointed. I didn’t hit it badly through 18 holes. Just made a few wrong decisions. On 17 (which he bogeyed), I went for the flag when I should have gone for the heart of the green,” said Jaini , filled with deep frustration.

It was an ironic moment for Manav Jaini who played on his home course but let his chance of victory slip to the Sweden Rikard Karlberg who showed his glorious triumph by defeating the course twice in a year.
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