Karlsson takes clubhouse lead at Qatar Masters


DOHA, Qatar (AP)—Robert Karlsson of Sweden defied strong gusting winds toshoot a 4-under 68 Thursday and take the clubhouse lead in the first round ofthe Qatar Masters.

Sergio Garcia of Spain and Camilo Villegas of Colombia were two shots backin second place.

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With less than a dozen of the 60 morning starters breaking par at the DohaGolf Club, Karlsson’s accuracy in the tough conditions allowed him to stay outof the course’s deep and wiry rough.

“The tournament officials have tried to set up the course sensibly andmoved some tees forward to counter the wind,” Karlsson said. “But I was ableto score well because I hit every green in regulation. On some holes, however,you could not go for the pins.”

The Swede also enjoyed some luck on the par-4 15th when he holed an 8-ironfrom 182 yards for an eagle.

“I wasn’t going for that pin,” he said. “But the ball took a nice bounceoff a bank and rolled into the hole.”

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa had a superb start after beginning on the10th tee and was at 5 under after nine holes. However, he followed up with fourbogeys and a double bogey on the front nine to finish on level par.

“The rough was too tough for that wind,” Oosthuizen said. “Whenever I gotinto it, all I could do was chip out sideways.”