Vierumäki Finnish Challenge R2

Karlberg hits the front in Finland

August 01-04
Vierumäki Resort, Vierumäki, Finland
€200,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

Rikard Karlberg carded a round of 69, three under par, on day two of the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at Vierumäki Resort.

Vierumäki Finnish Challenge 2 - Karlberg hits the front in Finland
Photo credit: Tomi Natri

The Swede is going in search of his first win since 2015 when he defeated Martin Kaymer in a sudden-death play-off at the Italian Open to clinch his sole European Tour title.

He will begin the weekend with a narrow advantage over six players, including compatriot Oscar Lengden, overnight leader Darius van Driel, French duo Clément Berardo and Joël Stalter, England’s Mark Young and yesterday’s hole-in-one hero Mark Flindt Haastrup.

Karlberg made his second European Challenge Tour start of the season at the Euram Bank Open two weeks ago, where he fired a pair of six under par 66s over the weekend to finish in a tie for fourth place.

After a year hiatus from the game due to ill health and four missed cuts in five starts on the European Tour this season, the 32-year-old is delighted to be back at the top of the leaderboard.


‘’I was away from the game last season so it is just great to be back out there competing,’’ he said. ‘’It’s taken me a while to find my rhythm again on tour, but I’ve been really relaxed this week and just enjoying being on the course.

‘’It’s been a long time since I was in contention, so I’m just going to go out there and enjoy the moment. You often find that the most relaxed man is the guy who finishes at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the week, so that is what I’m aiming towards over the weekend.’’

Overnight leader van Driel registered an impressive 63, nine under par, on the first day of the tournament and spared little time extending that advantage, carding back-to-back birdies on his opening two holes.

However it would be a day of two halves for the Dutchman, who is bidding to win his second Challenge Tour title following his maiden triumph at the 2018 Euram Bank Open, as he signed for a one over par round of 73 to finish the day on eight under par, one behind Karlberg.

The leader will begin his third round at 12:05pm local time, alongside chasing pair Haastrup, who followed his hole-in-one on day one with a second consecutive 68, and 2016 Swedish Challenge champion Stalter. 


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
KARLBERG Rikard
SWE
-9
66
69
135
2
BERARDO Clément
FRA
-8
67
69
136
2
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
-8
68
68
136
2
LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
-8
68
68
136
2
STALTER Joël
FRA
-8
69
67
136
2
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
-8
63
73
136
2
YOUNG Mark
ENG
-8
71
65
136
8
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
-7
72
65
137
8
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
-7
68
69
137
8
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-7
69
68
137
8
TINNING Nicolai
DEN
-7
68
69
137
12
ABBOTT Jamie
ENG
-6
68
70
138
12
DUBOIS Edouard
FRA
-6
67
71
138
12
EASTON Bryce
RSA
-6
66
72
138
12
GIRRBACH Joel
SUI
-6
68
70
138
12
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
-6
70
68
138
12
JORDAN Matthew
ENG
-6
70
68
138
12
LANDO CASANOVA Jérôme
FRA
-6
69
69
138
12
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-6
68
70
138
12
MOYNIHAN Gavin
IRL
-6
68
70
138
12
SANTOS Ricardo
POR
-6
71
67
138
22
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
-5
68
71
139
22
BLAND Richard
ENG
-5
69
70
139
22
BLOMSTRAND Christofer
SWE
-5
67
72
139
22
FOOS Dominic
GER
-5
67
72
139
22
HUIZING Daan
NED
-5
70
69
139
22
ITEN Marco
SUI
-5
70
69
139
22
KAKKO Roope
FIN
-5
71
68
139
22
LINDELL Oliver
FIN
-5
70
69
139
22
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-5
68
71
139
22
SHARVIN Cormac
NIR
-5
70
69
139
32
BRAEUNIG Christian
GER
-4
70
70
140
32
FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
-4
71
69
140
32
GLENNEMO Jacob
SWE
-4
71
69
140
32
HILL Calum
SCO
-4
69
71
140
32
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
-4
70
70
140
32
JENSEN Lasse
DEN
-4
71
69
140
32
JOANNES Hugues
BEL
-4
69
71
140
32
MACCARIO Federico
ITA
-4
69
71
140
32
MADDY Paul
ENG
-4
70
70
140
32
MATUS Stanislav
CZE
-4
71
69
140
32
SCHMITT Max
GER
-4
74
66
140
43
ANGLES Pep
ESP
-3
70
71
141
43
BENSON Seve
ENG
-3
73
68
141
43
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
-3
70
71
141
43
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
-3
70
71
141
43
GALIANO AGUILAR Mario
ESP
-3
70
71
141
43
GARCIA-HEREDIA Alfredo
ESP
-3
73
68
141
43
HIDALGO Angel
ESP
-3
73
68
141
43
JOHANSEN Eirik Tage
NOR
-3
67
74
141
43
MCCARTHY Nick
ENG
-3
70
71
141
43
PETROZZI Gian-Marco
ENG
-3
68
73
141
43
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
-3
70
71
141
43
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
-3
72
69
141
43
STEWART Duncan
SCO
-3
73
68
141
43
TILEY Steven
ENG
-3
69
72
141
57
DAWSON Robin
IRL
-2
70
72
142
57
ECKHARDT Albert
FIN
-2
74
68
142
57
GRANBERG Joonas
FIN
-2
72
70
142
57
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
-2
74
68
142
57
MURRAY Tom
ENG
-2
73
69
142
57
NEMECZ Lukas
AUT
-2
68
74
142
57
RUSCH Benjamin
SUI
-2
71
71
142
57
SALMINEN Mikael
FIN
-2
68
74
142
57
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
-2
69
73
142
57
SNECK Kalle
FIN
-2
74
68
142
67
FORD Matt
ENG
-1
74
69
143
67
GREHAN Stuart
IRL
-1
69
74
143
67
HENRY Scott
SCO
-1
75
68
143
67
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
-1
73
70
143
67
QUESNE Julien
FRA
-1
69
74
143
67
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
-1
71
72
143
67
WIEGELE Martin
AUT
-1
74
69
143
74
BERGAMASCHI Filippo
ITA
0
75
69
144
74
BOOTE David
WAL
0
75
69
144
74
CHO Rak hyun
KOR
0
73
71
144
74
EDBERG Pelle
SWE
0
72
72
144
74
ENOCH Rhys
WAL
0
73
71
144
74
FORSSTRÖM Simon
SWE
0
76
68
144
74
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
0
72
72
144
74
PERRIER Damien
FRA
0
73
71
144
74
SAXTON Reinier
NED
0
71
73
144
74
THOMSON Jonathan
ENG
0
74
70
144
84
ARMITAGE Marcus
ENG
1
75
70
145
84
COUSSAUD Ugo
FRA
1
73
72
145
84
ECCLES Ben
AUS
1
74
71
145
84
ELVIRA Manuel
ESP
1
70
75
145
84
EVANS Ryan
ENG
1
70
75
145
84
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
1
77
68
145
84
GASPAR Miguel
POR
1
72
73
145
84
LIPPARELLI Edoardo Raffaele
ITA
1
72
73
145
84
PIAGET Sandro
MON
1
71
74
145
84
RIU Victor
FRA
1
72
73
145
84
TARRIO BEN Santiago
ESP
1
69
76
145
95
AHOKAS Antti
FIN
2
73
73
146
95
CANTERO GUTIERREZ Ivan
ESP
2
66
80
146
95
CUARTERO BLANCO Emilio
ESP
2
72
74
146
95
GROS Sébastien
FRA
2
77
69
146
95
HANSON Chris
ENG
2
73
73
146
95
LINARD Thomas
FRA
2
71
75
146
95
MYLLYMAKI Aleksi
FIN
2
74
72
146
95
RUUSKA Lauri
FIN
2
74
72
146
95
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
2
73
73
146
95
SCHWARTZ Antoine
FRA
2
73
73
146
95
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
2
73
73
146
106
BAEK Peter Launer
DEN
3
76
71
147
106
BESSELING Wil
NED
3
73
74
147
106
COOPER Joe
USA
3
72
75
147
106
DEAN Joe
ENG
3
72
75
147
106
EGGENBERGER Mathias
SUI
3
74
73
147
106
ERKENBECK James
USA
3
72
75
147
106
GAVINS Daniel
ENG
3
73
74
147
106
GLOET Christian
DEN
3
76
71
147
106
HULDAHL Jeppe Pape
DEN
3
74
73
147
106
KOEPKA Chase
USA
3
73
74
147
106
NEIL Bradley
SCO
3
75
72
147
106
VIRTO Borja
ESP
3
70
77
147
106
ZUNIC Jordan
AUS
3
73
74
147
119
BERNA MANZANARES Daniel
ESP
4
75
73
148
119
BOURDY Grégory
FRA
4
76
72
148
119
COUPLAND Dave
ENG
4
78
70
148
119
GAGNE Luis
CRC
4
73
75
148
119
MEJOW Philipp
GER
4
75
73
148
119
SAULO (AM) Ilari
FIN
4
74
74
148
125
DEL VAL Samuel
ESP
5
75
74
149
125
EROFEJEFF Peter
FIN
5
75
74
149
125
FERNANDEZ Scott
ESP
5
72
77
149
125
KIM Minkyu
KOR
5
74
75
149
125
NIENABER Wilco
RSA
5
74
75
149
125
ORRIN Max
ENG
5
76
73
149
125
POKE Benjamin
DEN
5
76
73
149
125
ROSS Craig
SCO
5
75
74
149
125
VAN DOREN Yente
BEL
5
75
74
149
134
BESSA Tomás
POR
6
75
75
150
134
GEYGER Nico
CHI
6
75
75
150
134
GREGORY Scott
ENG
6
75
75
150
134
HIETALA (AM) Alex
FIN
6
73
77
150
134
KARLSSON (AM) Rasmus
FIN
6
73
77
150
134
NILEHN Fredrik
SWE
6
76
74
150
134
VALASEK Peter
SVK
6
74
76
150
134
VALIMAKI Sami
FIN
6
77
73
150
142
GAL Petr
CZE
7
81
70
151
142
Hundebøll JØRGENSEN Oliver
DEN
7
74
77
151
142
LANGFORS Per
SWE
7
79
72
151
142
McGOWAN Ross
ENG
7
77
74
151
142
YAMAC (AM) Taner
TUR
7
78
73
151
147
FORD Charlie
ENG
8
77
75
152
147
GALLIANO Luca
SUI
8
78
74
152
147
WITTMANN Sebastian
AUT
8
83
69
152
150
JONASSON Erik
SWE
9
76
77
153
151
JUSSLIN Toffe
FIN
11
78
77
155
152
LEITMANNSTETTER Aaron
GER
12
80
76
156
153
CELIK (AM) Berk
TUR
17
77
84
161
154
KAPLAN (AM) Orkunhan
TUR
18
79
83
162
155
MURRAY Michael
USA
21
85
80
165