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June 11 2011

11:16 PM

Karlsson pleased despite late mistakes

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Robert Karlsson leads by one with one round to play in Memphis.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

Robert Karlsson didn’t bother looking at the leaderboard Saturday. Not because his lead was slipping away, but because to him it didn’t matter.

“I'm very, very happy with where I am at the moment,” Karlsson said after a 2-under 68 Saturday that has him one shot in the clear. “You're going to make a mistake here and there.”

The mistakes Karlsson was speaking of just happened to come on the 17th and 18th holes as he bogeyed each.

Leading at one point by five during the third round before Karlsson’s lead started to shrink, the Swede wasn’t about to change his plan of attack however.

“I'm not going to start to play safe the last few holes of the third round,” he said. “It's just not the way it works. Try to hit your best shot every -- when you can and every given time, and then you go from there.”

Where Karlsson hopes to go on Sunday is into the winner’s circle for the first time on the PGA TOUR.

Despite 11 international victories, Karlsson has never won on U.S. soil. Even though he’s in the lead with one round to play, he’s trying to not look ahead.

”Just keep doing what I'm doing,” Karlsson said. “I mean, it's 72-hole golf tournament. It's a long, long way to go still, and I'm -- as I said, I'm very happy with where I'm standing.”

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