Karlberg keeps the faith

Rikard Karlberg of Sweden believes he is coming close to winning again after finishing tied 11th at The Championship in Singapore on Sunday. The Black Mountain sponsored player shot a superb six-under-par 66, his best score for the week, to finish on 14-under-par 274 in the US$1.5 million event which was won by Felipe Aguilar of Chile.

“I am very pleased with my weekend again. I didn’t play well for the first two rounds but I managed to make the cut and play well in the last two rounds,” said Karlberg, who shot a 70, 68 and 70 in the first three days.

The Swede’s last victory was on the Asian Tour in 2010 where he won two titles in his first year in Asia. He finished third on the Order of Merit in that same year and has set himself the target of winning the prestigious Merit crown this season.

“I finished third on the Asian Tour Order of Merit in my rookie season. Since then, I have always wanted to finish first. I am currently second on the Merit rankings and it is definitely one of my goals to top the Order of Merit this season,” said Karlberg.

“I think my current game is at a point where I can actually achieve that. I’m planning to take a few weeks off in Thailand before working on my game again. I will play a few events on the European Tour as well before returning to play in Chiangmai,” he added.

Johan Edfors of Sweden and Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand, both Black Mountain players, finished tied 24th and 64th respectively.