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

Masters.

Karlsson and Edfors, plus Dutchman Maarten Lafeber, carded

eightunder par rounds of 64 to take a one-stroke lead into day

two.

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

Mikko Ilonen.

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.”