Rikard Karlberg won his first European Tour title, the Open d’Italia, on Sunday, prevailing in a playoff against Martin Kaymer with a birdie on the second extra hole. Karlberg, a 28-year-old Swede, closed with a 67 at Golf Club Milano to finish at 19-under-par 269 and level with Kaymer, who shot 70 Sunday.
Who didn’t win
Kaymer, who led by three shots at 21 under halfway through the final round, advanced to sudden death but three bogeys in five holes after the turn effectively cost him the tournament. Sweden’s Jens Fahrbring (closing 71) birdied the 16th to tie the lead but bogeyed the last to miss the playoff. He wound up in a seven-way tie for third with Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard (69), England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick (65), Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren (63), American David Lipsky (68), England’s Danny Willett (66) and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zannotti (69).
How it happened
Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts made eight consecutive birdies in an opening 63 to take the first-round lead. Overcoming illness, Fahrbring shot 64 Friday to set the halfway pace at 13 under with Bjerregaard (65). Kaymer opened with four birdies in a row on his way to a 65 Saturday that gave him a share of the 54-hole lead with Fahrbring (68) and France’s Romain Wattel (66). At one point on the back nine Sunday, nine players were tied for the lead at 18 under, with Lagergren, Fitzpatrick and Willett all in the clubhouse at that mark.