Karlsson, two others share lead in Portugal
Robert Karlsson fired an eight-under 64
Thursday to grab a share of the lead after the opening round
of the Portugal
The Swede was joined in the first by his countryman Johan Edfors
A third Swede, Alexander Noren, shares fourth place at
minus-seven with Mikko
David Horsey and Paul McGinley are tied for sixth at six-under
Karlsson played the back nine first Thursday and collected his
first birdie on
his opening hole. He came back with another birdie on the
The Swede dropped in back-to-back birdie efforts from the 16th
Victoria Clube de Golfe to turn at minus-four.
Karlsson poured in three consecutive birdies from the second to
jump to minus-
seven. He grabbed a share of the lead with a birdie on the
closed with three straight pars to finish his round.
“I think with this kind of setup, with not so much rough, that’s
what we play in Sweden. It’s a bit similar to Swedish golf,
and the speed of
the greens as well are not super fast,” said Karlsson of the
conditions. “I think we are very used to playing this type of
golf on our home
courses where we grew up.”
Edfors, a three-time winner on the European Tour, got into red
birdies on two and five. He headed to the back nine at
minus-three after a
birdie on the par-four ninth.
He followed with birdies on 10 and 11. Edfors, who turned 35
this past Sunday,
ran off three birdies in a four-hole span from the 14th to
get to eight-under.
He parred the last to close out a bogey-free round.
Lafeber flew out of the gate with three straight birdies from
the 10th. That
run ended with a bogey on the 13th, but he recovered with
birdies on 16 and
The Frenchman fell back to minus-two after a double-bogey at the
the turn, Lafeber flew up the leaderboard with five birdies
in his first six
Lafeber grabbed his share of the lead with a birdie at the
ninth, his last.
With three players shooting 64 in the opening round, Edfors made
prediction for the weekend.
“If the wind stays down…the 59 is possible.”
That is tough to argue after 81 of the 125 players broke par on
NOTES: Former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell is among 15
players tied for
eighth at five-under 67…Lee Westwood, the defending
champion, is skipping
the event due to a leg injury…There are four European Ryder
Cup players in
the field this week – Edoardo Molinari and Ross Fisher are
tied for 23rd at
minus-four, Miguel Angel Jimenez shares 49th at two-under 70
Molinari is in danger of missing the cut plus-two.