Karlberg claims Indian Open title

Sun, 05 Dec 13:02:00 2010

Sweden's Rikard Karlberg made two birdies on the last two holes to win the Indian Open, his second title in his rookie Asian tour season.

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Karlberg, who earned his 2010 Asian Tour card through qualifying school, won the SAIL Open on the same Delhi Golf Club course in April.

In the $1.25-million Indian Open, the Swede seized the initiative with a 20-foot birdie putt on 17 to grab a two-shot lead but he made matters tricky by sending his third shot on the par-five 18th into the sponsor's marquee.

Karlberg, who turned 24 on Wednesday, took a free drop and then chipped his fourth shot for a sensational birdie which brought rapturous applause from the crowd.

"To sink the chip, it feels amazing. This is my biggest win and it feels just amazing," said Karlberg, who totalled 11-under-par 277 for the week.

"I came here with the goal to win as I wanted to get closer to Marcus Fraser to try to win the runner-up spot on the Order of Merit. It feels unbelievable."

Overnight leader Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea birdied the last hole to clinch second place, securing a Tour card for next season.

Reuters

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