Karlsson rallies to win Qatar Masters

By Associated PressJanuary 31, 2010, 6:59 pm

2009 European TourDOHA, Qatar – Robert Karlsson of Sweden shot a 7-under 65 to win the Qatar Masters by three strokes on Sunday.

The 40-year-old Karlsson made seven birdies to finish 15-under 273 at Doha Golf Club for his 10th European Tour victory, his first since missing several months last season due to an eye injury.

“It’s been tough coming back after the injury, but I did have a couple of good finishes towards the end of last year at the World Cup with Henrik Stenson and with a second place in Japan,” Karlsson said. “And it is fantastic to come back and win now. I played as well as I have done for a long time and the way I finished today with two birdies was very satisfying.”

Alvaro Quiros of Spain, last year’s champion, shot a 67 to finish second.

Lee Westwood had a share of the lead with three holes to play, but a bogey at No. 16 and Karlsson’s two birdies on the final two holes ended his challenge. The Englishman shot a 70 to share third place with Brett Rumford of Australia (69) at 277.

Westwood had to play with a spare driver after cracking his first-choice club during the third round.

“Everything you could imagine could go wrong did go wrong for me this week,” he said. “I ended up playing the last nine holes with a 3-wood because the spare driver hit into the rough left every time, so to finish 11 under is an unbelievable score.”

England’s Oliver Wilson (71) finished in a three-way tie for fourth seven strokes behind Karlsson, along with Paul Casey (74) and Bradley Dredge (74).

On his way to the course, Wilson’s courtesy car was written off in a smash with a van at a roundabout.

“Fortunately, I was only winded,” Wilson said. “Thankfully, I was wearing a seat belt otherwise it would have been very messy.”

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.