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September 4 2011

5:45 PM

Karlsson battles back after horrible start

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. -- Robert Karlsson started his week at TPC Boston on Friday with a bogey. Soon, another bogey, A brief bounce-back birdie was followed by a double bogey. Then a triple bogey when he found the water.

Seven holes into the Deutsche Bank Championship, the Swede was 6 over.

What was he thinking at that point?

"You don't want to know," he said.

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From that point on, however, Karlsson has been one of the hottest golfers at TPC Boston. In the last 47 holes since that horrendous start, Karlsson is a collective 14 under. That includes the bogey-free 7-under 64 he shot in Sunday's third round that left him at 8 under for the tournament.

He's gone from desperate times to now hoping that another big move Monday might carry him to the top of the leaderboard.

"For me, it's just great to be here," he said after Sunday's round. "I've done a good job coming back. I'm proud about that. Now we'll go from here."

Karlsson, who entered this week ranked 45th in FedExCup points, said he didn't panic after his poor start on Friday that included "a couple of stupid mistakes." His mindset was simply to collect himself and not play his way out of the tournament.

"I just tried to put some score together so that I could have a chance (to make the cut)," he said.

After his triple bogey at the par-3 16th (his seventh hole) on Friday, Karlsson righted the ship with a couple of pars to end his front nine. He then produced a bogey-free 3-under 33 on his second nine that left him with an opening 74.

In Saturday's third round, he opened with three consecutive birdies and only had one slip -- a double-bogey at the par-3 11th when he three-putted after missing the green -- en route to a 67.

Sunday's 64 -- his lowest round of the year -- reflects more of what we've seen of the 41-year-old TOUR rookie lately. Among his last six starts, he's lost in a playoff at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, finished a respectable T-17 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, and tied for fourth at the PGA Championship.

"I knew I was playing pretty well," Karlsson said, then added again: "It's good to be here."

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