Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Swedes Lead the Way in Portugal; Golf

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Swedes Lead the Way in Portugal; Golf

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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.

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.

Penrith's Gary Lockerbie was not far behind with a five-under par 67 and on 68, Hartlepool's Graeme Storm.

Ashington's Kenneth Ferrie carded 73.

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 the 17th.

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 said. "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. …

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