Robert Karlsson from Sweden has taken the early clubhouse lead at The Open Championship 2014 at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) Golf Club, Liverpool, England.

The Swedish golfer posted a three under par score of 68 around the famous links course to be very well positioned heading into round two tomorrow and will have plenty of time to rest and prepare for day two at The Open.

This is an amazing turnaround. Two seasons ago, Karlsson, had to withdraw on the eve of the 2012 Open Championship because he was unable to swing the golf club back due to a nervous disorder. The Swede drove away from The Open  in near despair, with a farewell hug from his friend, Sergio Garcia, not enough to ease his anguish.

Fixing the ‘yips‘ required the two-time Ryder Cup player, and a winner of 12 tour events, to dig deep into his soul and now he is fully back as a repaired golfer and leading The Open at Royal Liverpool.

Clearly from today’s golf, the Swede is mentally in a far better place and he played some outstanding golf on day one, that included some magnificent pitching when short-sided.

The Swede ground out five straight pars on the way out and then he dropped a stroke at the par-3 sixth hole, which was followed by three par figures to reach the turn in one over par, 36.

Karlsson’s round went under par for the first time when he made sub par figures at the 10th and 12th holes. This was followed by birdies at hole 15 and 16, to par in for a three under par score of 68 and to take the early clubhouse lead on day one of The Open 2014.

T1 18 SWE -3 KARLSSON, Robert -3 69 69
T1 11 ITA -3 MANASSERO, Matteo -3
T1 10 USA -3 FURYK, Jim -3
T1 9 USA -3 FOWLER, Rickie -3
T1 9 SPA -3 GARCIA, Sergio -3
T1 6 N IRE -3 MCILROY, Rory -3
T7 16 USA -2 COMPTON, Erik -2
T7 16 AUS -2 LEISHMAN, Marc -2
T7 15 JAP -2 ODA, Koumei -2
T7 15 USA -2 MARTIN, Ben -2
T7 15 USA -2 KOEPKA, Brooks -2
T7 15 ITA -2 MOLINARI, Edoardo -2
T7 14 SA -2 GRACE, Branden -2
T7 12 ITA -2 MOLINARI, Francesco -2
T7 12 USA -2 MOORE, Ryan -2
T7 11 FIN -2 ILONEN, Mikko -2
T7 7 KOR -2 CHOI, KJ -2
T7 6 JAP -2 MATSUYAMA, Hideki -2
T19 18 SA -1 VAN DER WALT, Dawie -1 71 71


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