Swedens Karlsson wins Qatar Masters by 3 strokes


DOHA, Qatar (AP)—Robert Karlsson of Sweden shot a 7-under 65 to win the QatarMasters by three strokes Sunday.

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

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“It’s been tough coming back after the injury, but I did have a couple ofgood 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 comeback and win now. I played as well as I have done for a long time and the way Ifinished 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 bogeyat 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-choiceclub during the third round.

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

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