Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Rob can see clearly now the fluids gone - It's a bright sun shiny day in Qatar for Karlsson

Robert was very pleases to find that the trophy had been based on the Little Mermaid, a movie he watches "twelve times a year - at least - I love that crab and Ariel's smokin' hot"

It's always surprising to me to find out just how old Robert Karlsson is - he's forty - he doesn't look it. I know Golf has it's fair share of oldie's but still goodies, but they mostly look old. No one would look at Kenny Perry and think hes early thirties now would they. But apart from defeating Old father cronos and defying the aging process, Rob's had a few other issues to contend with this past year. Off the back of becoming the first Swede to claim the Order of Merit in 2008 he was expecting big things in 2009. But a problem with blurred vision caused by fluid behind the retina of his left eye kept him out of the game for four months. Only toward the end of the season did he show signs of the form which had made him European No.1.

But he was back to winning ways at the weekend. His flawless round of 65 saw him safely home, three shots clear on 15 under at the Qatar Masters in Doha. The big man easily fended off the chase from Alvaro Quiros, who finished with a 67. Lee Westwood would likely have been the biggest challenge for Karlsson but a cracked driver head during the third round deprived him of probably his biggest asset forcing him to change the club for the final round.

"It's hard to imagine anything else going wrong this week so 11 under is an unbelievable score," said Westwood. "Long, straight driving is one of my strengths and if you take someone's strengths away from them it is going to very difficult to compete." Still, Lee has now notched up 12 top 10 finishes in his last fifteen outings. Incredible consistency.

This is Karlssons first win since the Order of Merit clinching Dunhill Links he won in 2008 and he was understandably elated to get back in the winners circle after his lay-off.

"It was a tough time coming back. I had a couple of good finishes at the end of last year with Henrik (Stenson) at the World Cup and with a second in Japan, but it is fantastic to be back now.
I am really happy to be back playing well, it is the first time I have played really well for a long time and the way I finished off today was very satisfying."

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