Rikard Karlberg’s homecoming could not be scripted in a better way. The Black
Mountain sponsored player opened his campaign at the Nordea Masters with a five-under-par 67 to stay just one shot back of leaders Jens Dantorp of Sweden and England’s Eddie Pepperell. Here’s what the Swede had to say as he chases for top honours on home ground this week. “It’s always good to come home and play in front of my friends and family. It’s amazing. I’m very happy. I’ve been in Asia for a while now and it has been a different experience with the different type of grass, different temperature. But coming back home, I’m starting to get used to the cold now. This course is totally open and even if it’s not blowing, there’s still a lot of wind. There are a couple of holes out there which are hard to judge. It’s still tricky even if it’s not blowing as hard as it is. My form has been good so far and I’m happy I can bring it over here. I would love to come back and play as much as I can in Europe but I just haven’t been taking my chances really. Qualifying School has been tough for me and I haven’t really got my card. I’m keeping my focus in Asia this year, not thinking too much about my European Tour card and I just want to enjoy every tournament I play.”