Swedish charge sees Karlsson and Edfors lead way;golf
ROBERT KARLSSON and Johan Edfors led a strong Swedish challenge
on the opening day of the Portugal
Masters in Vilamoura.
Both men carded eight-under-par rounds of 64 on the Oceanico
Victoria course to lead alongside Dutchman Maarten Lafeber.
Brombrough golfer Paul Waring is six shots off the lead after a
two-under par 70, but Liverpool’s Nick Dougherty shot a
disappointing six-over par round of 78.
Another Swede, Alexander Noren, was a shot further back, with
Finland’s Mikko Ilonen.
David Horsey was the best-placed Englishman on six under,
alongside veteran Irishman Paul McGinley.
Karlsson and Edfors both covered the Oceanico Victoria course in
unblemished rounds including eight birdies.
Karlsson was a model of consistency after starting his round on
the 10th, picking up birdies on his first, the 12th, the 16th and
He was equally efficient coming back, picking up shots at two,
three, four and six, and found the conditions to his liking.
“I think with this kind of set-up with not so much rough, that’s
very often what we play in Sweden,” Karlsson told europeantour.
com. “It’s a bit similar to Swedish golf, and the speed of the
greens as well are not super fast.
“I think we are very used to playing this type of golf on our
home courses where we grew up.”
He added: “If the wind stays down, this is one of the courses
you can shoot, especially now when the rough is down, as well. So
without wind, the (record) 59 is possible.”
COLLATED first round scores in the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura
(Par 72): 64 Robert Karlsson (Swe), Maarten Lafeber (Ned), Johan
Edfors (Swe), 65 Alexander Noren (Swe), 66 David Horsey, 67 Charl
Schwartzel (Rsa), David Howell, Alvaro Quiros (Spa)Selected Others:
70 Paul Waring, 78 Nick Dougherty