Vierumäki Finnish Challenge R3

Karlberg on verge of a triumphant comeback

August 01-04
Vierumäki Resort, Vierumäki, Finland
€200,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Rikard Karlberg will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge just months after returning to the game following a serious illness.

Vierumäki Finnish Challenge R3 - Karlberg on verge of a triumphant comeback
Photo credit: Tomi Natri

The Swede, who returned to the European Challenge Tour at the start of this season after a year and a half hiatus from the game due to a serious infection, began the third round with a narrow advantage over a six-strong chasing pack, but remained in control from the start at Vierumäki Resort, recording four birdies and six pars in his opening ten holes.

Despite dropping two shots on the 15th and 16th, the European Tour winner bounced back with birdies at his closing two holes to ensure he will go into the final round with a one-shot lead over South African Bryce Easton.


After five missed cuts in his first six starts following his return, Karlberg showed glimpses of the form that has seen him become a regular competitor on the European Tour over the past decade with a tied for fourth result in the Euram Bank Open in Austria two weeks ago.

‘’The last few tournaments I’ve played on the main tour I started to feel like I had the game to compete again, but the edge was just missing,’’ he said. ‘’After not playing for over a year it’s taken a little while to try and find my game again but the result in Austria proved to me that I could challenge. I feel that I am now in a position where I can go out there and play my best golf.

‘’With the leaderboard so closely packed I’m going to need to go low out there again tomorrow, so I’m just trying to be as relaxed as I was today and see what happens.’’

Easton matched his opening day’s score, a six under par round of 66, to jump back up the leaderboard on moving day and remain in contention for his first Challenge Tour title.

The leading pair are likely to be followed by a considerable contingent of home fans on the final day, with Roope Kakko set to tee off in the final group following a spectacular round of 66 which saw him rise up the leaderboard into a tie for third place, alongside Englishman Mark Young.

Just two shots behind Karlberg, the local hopeful will be looking to emulate the feat of Kim Koivu who became the first Finnish player to capture the title in 2018.

Karlberg will get his final round under way at 9:55am local, alongside Easton and Kakko.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
KARLBERG Rikard
SWE
-13
66
69
68
203
2
EASTON Bryce
RSA
-12
66
72
66
204
3
KAKKO Roope
FIN
-11
71
68
66
205
3
YOUNG Mark
ENG
-11
71
65
69
205
5
HILL Calum
SCO
-10
69
71
66
206
5
SANTOS Ricardo
POR
-10
71
67
68
206
5
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-10
69
68
69
206
8
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
-9
68
71
68
207
8
BRAEUNIG Christian
GER
-9
70
70
67
207
8
STALTER Joël
FRA
-9
69
67
71
207
11
BERARDO Clément
FRA
-8
67
69
72
208
11
BLAND Richard
ENG
-8
69
70
69
208
11
DAWSON Robin
IRL
-8
70
72
66
208
11
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
-8
70
70
68
208
11
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-8
68
70
70
208
11
MACCARIO Federico
ITA
-8
69
71
68
208
17
FOOS Dominic
GER
-7
67
72
70
209
17
GLENNEMO Jacob
SWE
-7
71
69
69
209
17
HUIZING Daan
NED
-7
70
69
70
209
17
LINDELL Oliver
FIN
-7
70
69
70
209
17
MOYNIHAN Gavin
IRL
-7
68
70
71
209
17
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-7
68
71
70
209
17
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
-7
68
69
72
209
17
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
-7
63
73
73
209
25
ABBOTT Jamie
ENG
-6
68
70
72
210
25
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
-6
70
71
69
210
25
ITEN Marco
SUI
-6
70
69
71
210
25
LANDO CASANOVA Jérôme
FRA
-6
69
69
72
210
25
LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
-6
68
68
74
210
25
MATUS Stanislav
CZE
-6
71
69
70
210
25
SHARVIN Cormac
NIR
-6
70
69
71
210
32
ANGLES Pep
ESP
-5
70
71
70
211
32
BLOMSTRAND Christofer
SWE
-5
67
72
72
211
32
HIDALGO Angel
ESP
-5
73
68
70
211
32
JORDAN Matthew
ENG
-5
70
68
73
211
32
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
-5
72
69
70
211
32
SCHMITT Max
GER
-5
74
66
71
211
38
GIRRBACH Joel
SUI
-4
68
70
74
212
38
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
-4
70
68
74
212
38
JENSEN Lasse
DEN
-4
71
69
72
212
38
JOANNES Hugues
BEL
-4
69
71
72
212
38
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
-4
70
71
71
212
38
SALMINEN Mikael
FIN
-4
68
74
70
212
38
TILEY Steven
ENG
-4
69
72
71
212
38
TINNING Nicolai
DEN
-4
68
69
75
212
46
BENSON Seve
ENG
-3
73
68
72
213
46
GALIANO AGUILAR Mario
ESP
-3
70
71
72
213
46
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
-3
68
68
77
213
46
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
-3
72
65
76
213
50
DUBOIS Edouard
FRA
-2
67
71
76
214
50
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
-2
74
68
72
214
50
MADDY Paul
ENG
-2
70
70
74
214
50
RUSCH Benjamin
SUI
-2
71
71
72
214
54
GARCIA-HEREDIA Alfredo
ESP
-1
73
68
74
215
54
JOHANSEN Eirik Tage
NOR
-1
67
74
74
215
54
NEMECZ Lukas
AUT
-1
68
74
73
215
54
SNECK Kalle
FIN
-1
74
68
73
215
58
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
0
70
71
75
216
58
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
0
69
73
74
216
60
FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
1
71
69
77
217
60
MCCARTHY Nick
ENG
1
70
71
76
217
60
MURRAY Tom
ENG
1
73
69
75
217
63
ECKHARDT Albert
FIN
4
74
68
78
220
63
GRANBERG Joonas
FIN
4
72
70
78
220
65
STEWART Duncan
SCO
6
73
68
81
222
66
PETROZZI Gian-Marco
ENG
7
68
73
82
223