Sunday, 14 September 2008

Karlsson takes a firm grip of the Langer Tournament

Robert Karlsson is looking very good this week, boding well for next weeks assault on Valhalla. He had an up and down first four holes, sandwiching a double bogey on the second between three birdies. Parring his way to the 11th hole he picked up four more birdies after that to stretch out in front of the chasing pack, a bogey at the last may just have given a chance to those hunting him down on the final day. Four under for the round then left him on 12 under par for the tournament and with a commanding three shot lead.

There are two men on nine under behind him; Jean-Francois Lucquin of France, maintaining his good form from last week and Francesco Molinari of Italy. Lucquin just kept himself in touch with a mixed round of two under, six birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on the fifth. Much more impressive was the excellent 65 posted by Molinari. Not one blot on his card, Molinari played exceptionally well, picking up two birdies in the first nine and then three more on the way home, with an Eagle three on the 13th, lucky for some. Seven under for the day, it rocketed the Italian up the leaderboard.

Lurking just below them is a gaggle of players on seven under. These include, Ross Fisher, Richard Finch, Jose Manuell Lara and Mikko Ilonen. No disrespect to this bunch but the big name in the group at -7 is the most annoying, frustrating player on the planet, Kiwi Michael Campbell. I'm not going to lie about it, he just gets on my nerves. So ridiculously streaky, he'll dissappear for a good year or two and then rock up and win some massive tournament he has no right to be winning. When there are so many consistently great players never to have won a major, who have seen their chances extinguished by some great players pipping them to the post each time, Monty, Clarke, Garcia and it sticks in my craw that Michael Campell has a US Open to his name. I sort of wish he would just go away really. He sort of has, he's 329th in the World Rankings, which demonstrates my point exactly. This man won the US Open a few years back and the World Matchplay at Wentworth, and look at where he's at now. But he won't go away, because his US Open win gained him LIFE membership of the European Tour! It's ridiculous!

Okay, Deep Breath, stop thinking about Michael Campbell, it gets your blood pressure up...

Langer Update. Our Host Langer flopped to a pathetic 81 today as the years caught up with him, and the competitive blood which once pumped through his veins appeared to have gone. Theres always next year I guess...

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