SWEDISH STARS SET THE PACE
SWEDISH pair Robert Karlsson and Johan Edfors enjoyed a few home
comforts as they led the way on the opening day of the Portugal
Karlsson and Edfors, plus Dutchman Maarten Lafeber, carded
eightunder par rounds of 64 to take a one-stroke lead into day
The Swedes both covered the Oceanico Victoria in Vilamoura
course in unblemished rounds, including eight birdies.
Another Swede, Alexander Noren, was a shot further back. David
Horsey led the English challenge on six-under, alongside Finland’s
Karlsson said: “I think with this kind of set-up with not so
much rough, that’s very often 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.
“I think we are very used to playing this type of golf on our
home courses where we grew up.”
Of Europe’s Ryder Cup heroes, Ross Fisher and Edoardo Molinari
were best placed after shooting four-under-par rounds of 68. Miguel
Angel Jimenez was two shots further back, while Francesco Molinari
looked set to miss the cut.
Karlsson added: “If the wind stays down, this is one of the
courses you can shoot very low, especially now when the rough is
down, as well.”