Karlsson closes in 65 to win Qatar Masters
Sunday, January 23, 2011
DOHA, Qatar – Robert Karlsson of Sweden shot a 7-under 65 to win the Qatar Masters by three strokes 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).