Karlsson Takes 1-Stroke Lead to Sunday at British Masters
On a day that saw scores go all over the place, Sweden’s Robert Karlsson eked out a 3-under 67 to reach 12-under for the tournament taking a 1-stroke lead at the British Masters.
Karlsson was 1-over through eight holes before he eagled the par-4, 422-yard No. 9. He dominated the back nine for a third straight day, shooting 2-under with a pair of birdies. Through three days, he’s 7-under on the back nine.
Five players – three Brits, a Scott and an Irishman – are all one stroke back. Among them is Ian Poulter, who shot a 2-under 68. The big movers in that quintet were Paul Dunne and Richie Ramsay, who each shot a 5-under 65.
Four more players are 10-under, including a resurgent Rory McIlroy, who shot a 6-under 64, and David Lingmerth, who fired a tournament-low 62.
McIlroy was 4-under though two rounds, but played a bogey-free round on Saturday with four birdies on the front nine.
Lingmerth climbed 46 spots up the leaderboard thanks to his 62. He shot five straight birdies between No. 4 and No. 8, and would have challenged for a 59 had it not been for his bogey on No. 15.