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Swede Soderberg triumphs at Karen as Barclays Kenya Open golf comes to close

Home heros Dismas Indiza, Simon Ngigi and Brian Njoroge had hoped to finish strongly and push up the finishers’ board but it was a difficult final day for Indiza and Njoroge especially


SEBASTIAN Soderberg surged to a maiden European Challenge Tour victory as he won the season-opening Barclays Kenya Open by three shots at Nairobi’s Karen Country Club. The Swede held a three shot advantage overnight and never faltered, his five under par final round of 67 — his fourth round in the 60s this week — putting him on 18 under par overall in front of the watching President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In second place was Frenchman Romain Langasque, playing in his penultimate event as an amateur before he turns professional after competing in next month’s Masters Championship at Augusta, USA.

Road to Oman

The 20-year-old fired a final round of 65 — breaking Louis Oosthuizen’s course amateur record — and becomes the first player to take advantage of new regulations allowing amateurs to earn Road to Oman ranking points.

The home heros Dismas Indiza Anyonyi, Simon Ngigi and Brian Njoroge had hoped to finish strongly and push up the finishers’ board but it was a difficult final day for Indiza and Njoroge especially.

Locals

Indiza had his least successful round with a three over par 75 after encouraging rounds of 69, 70, 71 to finish in joint 38th place with an earning of 1,342.00 Euros (Sh153, 515). Ngigi was the best local finisher with a two under 70 on the final day, his best round and edged past Njoroge on the final standings (46th place) with earning of Sh115, 765. Njoroge who had one under par in each of the previous rounds slumped to three over 75 on the final day for a 56th place finish for just Sh83, 060.

Soderberg now takes an early lead in the Road to Oman Rankings after earning 35,200 points and the 25-year-old has already fulfilled one of his season aims by winning for the first time.

Approach

“It feels pretty unreal right now,” he said. “I was just trying to keep it together all day — one of my goals for the season was to win an event on the Challenge Tour, so I’ve crossed that off the list

“It gives me a good boost so I’m more excited than ever for the rest of the season, but I haven’t really had long to think about it yet, it hasn’t sunk in properly. I had the same approach today as the rest of the week and it worked pretty well, though I changed it on 18 a bit and took three wood, just to make sure.

Crowds

“I had a slow front nine but I managed to make a few birdies around the turn and after that I just tried to keep calm and carry on – it was tough, but it feels really good now.

“The crowds and support were incredible. I missed the cut here last year so didn’t get to experience the weekend atmosphere but I’ve never known a Challenge Tour event like it, it was amazing.”

“It was a good round,” he said. “I knew my game was good before this round, I’d just been making a few mistakes in the first few rounds, so this morning I just thought I’d play my own game.

Full season

“My attitude was perfect all week, so all the work of this winter is working now and it’s good to play like that before Augusta because I’m confident that I can play well even with that added pressure.

“The Rankings points is great because I now think it is enough for me to now play a full season on the Challenge Tour, which is one less pressure. Now my objective is to finish in the top 15 and get on the European Tour next year.”

Egypt

Germany’s Bernd Ritthammer took third place on 14 under par, three shots ahead of compatriot Sebastian Heisele, South African duo Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Dylan Frittelli and Norway’s Espen Kofstad.

The next stop on the Road to Oman is Egypt for the Red Sea Egyptian Challenge Presented by Hassan Allam Properties next month, the second of 28 tournaments on this year’s schedule that will visit 22 different countries.

 

RESULTS:

(Money winnings in Euros)

1. Sebastian Soderberg (Swe) 67, 68, 68, 67:  270 -18 (35,200.00) – Sh4.027m

2. Romain Langasque (Am – Fra) 69, 70, 69, 65: 273 -15 (—)

3. Bernd Ritthammer (Ger) 71, 65, 73, 65: 274 -14 (24,200.00)

4. Sebastian Heisele (Ger) 72, 69, 65, 71: 277 -11 (12,100.00)

– Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa) 70, 71, 68, 68:  277 -11 (12,100.00)

– Dylan Frittelli (Rsa) 71, 69, 69, 68: 277 -11 (12,100.00)

– Espen Kofstad (Nor) 73, 69, 66, 69: 277 -11 (12,100.00)

8. Alexander Knappe (Ger) 71, 73, 66, 68: 278 -10 (5,830.00)

– Daan Huizing (Ned) 71, 70, 67, 70: 278 -10 (5,830.00)

– Darius Van Driel (Ned) 70 73 67 68 278 -10 5,830.00 4,460.94

– Sam Walker Eng 69 67 73 69 278 -10 5,830.00 4,460.94

12. Jacques Blaauw (Rsa) 68, 66, 74, 71: 279 -9 (4,180.00)

– Danie Van Tonder (Rsa) 66, 69, 74, 70: 279 -9 (4,180.00)

– Jean-Baptiste Gonnet Fra 71 71 69 68 279 -9 4,180.00 3,198.41

15. Steven Tiley (Eng) 74, 69, 65, 72: 280 -8 (3,410.00)

– Simon Forsstrom (Swe) 68, 75, 68, 69: 280 -8 (3,410.00)

– Joël Stalter (Fra) 71, 71, 64, 74: 280 -8 (3,410.00)

– Ricardo Santos (Por) 71, 71, 69, 69: 280 -8 (3,410.00)

19. Gavin Moynihan (Irl) 72, 71, 71, 67: 281 -7 (2,477.20)

– Gary Hurley (Irl) 70, 71, 71, 69: 281 -7 (2,477.20)

– Michael G Palmer (Rsa) 70, 74, 67, 70: 281 -7 (2,477.20)

– Erik Van Rooyen (Rsa) 70, 69, 73, 69: 281 -7 (2,477.20)

– Damien Perrier (Fra) 69, 71, 71, 70: 281 -7 (2,477.20)

24. Eirik Tage Johansen (Nor) 72, 70, 70, 70: 282 -6 (2,046.00)

– Pontus Widegren (Swe) 74, 69, 72, 67: 282 -6 2,046.00 1,565.54

– Clément Berardo (Fra) 67, 72, 68, 75: 282 -6 (2,046.00)

– Sam Hutsby (Eng) 71, 68, 73, 70: 282 -6 (2,046.00)

28. Filippo Bergamaschi (Ita) 72, 71, 68, 72: 283 -5 (1,848.00)

– Moritz Lampert (Ger) 66, 76, 70, 71: 283 -5 (1,848.00)

– Reinier Saxton (Ned) 72, 68, 72, 71, 283 -5 (1,848.00)

– Matteo Delpodio (Ita) 75, 66, 71, 71: 283 -5 (1,848.00)

– Jordan L Smith (Eng) 74, 67, 74, 68: 283 -5 (1,848.00)

33. Julien Guerrier (Fra) 72, 69, 71, 72: 284 -4 (1,628.00)

– Tom Murray (Eng) 71, 72, 68, 73: 284 -4 (1,628.00)

– Ruaidhri Mcgee (Irl) 76, 68, 70, 70: 284 -4 (1,628.00)

– Anton Karlsson (Swe) 73, 70, 71, 70: 284 -4 (1,628.00)

– Scott Henry (Sco) 76, 68, 68, 72: 284 -4 (1,628.00)

38. Gabriel Axell (Swe) 70, 69, 73, 73: 285 -3 (1,342.00)

– William Harrold (Eng) 78, 66, 74, 67: 285 -3 (1,342.00)

– Jens Dantorp (Swe) 70, 71, 72, 72: 285 -3 (1,342.00)

Dismas Indiza Anyonyi (Ken) 69, 70, 71, 75:  285 -3 (1,342.00) – Sh153, 515.00

– Wil Besseling (Ned) 75, 67, 70, 73: 285 -3 (1,342.00)

– Victor Riu (Fra) 72, 72, 72, 69: 285 -3 (1,342.00)

– Kevin Phelan (Irl) 72, 70, 71, 72: 285 -3 (1,342.00)

– Mikael Lundberg (Swe) 69, 71, 74, 71: 285 -3 (1,342.00)

46. Simon Ngigi (Ken) 72, 71, 73, 70: 286 -2 (1,012.00) – Sh115, 765.00

– Marcel Schneider (Ger) 72, 71, 72, 71: 286 -2 (1,012.00)

– Jaakko Makitalo (Fin) 73, 67, 73, 73, 286 -2 (1,012.00)

– Nico Geyger (Chi) 70, 71, 73, 72: 286 -2 (1,012.00)

– Josh Loughrey (Eng) 74, 70, 72, 70: 286 -2 (1,012.00)

– Adrien Saddier (Fra) 67, 69, 74, 76: 286 -2 (1,012.00)

– Andrew Odoh (Ngr) 74, 70, 69, 73: 286 -2 (1,012.00)

53. Lorenzo Gagli (Ita) 71, 71, 72, 73: 287 -1 (836.00)

– Hugues Joannes (Bel) 72, 72, 73, 70: 287 -1 (836.00)

– Philipp Mejow (Ger) 71 70 75 71 287 -1 (836.00)

56. Matthieu Pavon (Fra) 71, 73, 72, 72: 288 0 (726.00)

– Brian Njoroge (Ken) 71, 71, 71, 75: 288 0 (726.00) – Sh83, 060.00

– James Robinson (Eng) 69, 71, 72, 76: 288 0 (726.00)

– Christiaan Basson (Rsa) 72, 72, 75, 69: 288 0 (726.00)

– Benjamin Rusch (Sui) 70, 71, 73, 74: 288 0 (726.00)

– Teemu Bakker (Fin) 71, 73, 73, 71: 288 0 (726.00)

– Taco Remkes (Ned) 69, 71, 77, 71: 288 0 (726.00)

63. Garrick Porteous (Eng) 69, 69, 77, 74: 289 1 (627.00)

– Paul Howard (Eng) 71, 69, 73, 76: 289 1 (627.00)

65. Nicolo Ravano (Ita) 74, 70, 77, 69: 290 2 (572.00)

– Dominic Foos (Ger) 72, 72, 74, 72: 290 2 (572.00)

– José Manuel Lara (Esp) 73, 70, 73, 74: 290 2 (572.00)

68. Steven Jeppesen (Swe) 68, 76, 75, 72: 291 3 (495.00)

– Enrico Di Nitto (Ita) 74, 68, 72, 77: 291 3 (495.00)

– Carlos Del Moral (Esp) 78, 66, 74, 73: 291 3 (495.00)

– Jacob Glennemo (Swe) 75, 67, 72, 77: 291 3 (495.00)

72. Alessandro Tadini (Ita) 72, 71, 76, 73: 292 4 (440.00)

73. Simon Griffiths (Eng) 73, 70, 74, 79: 296 8 (407.00)

– Merrick Bremner Rsa 70 74 77 75 296 8 407.00 311.42

75. Joshua White (Eng) 72, 72, 77, 76: 297 9 (374.00)

–  Additional reporting by europeantour.com