Karlsson edges closer to title


Robert Karlsson heads into Sunday’s final round with a slender one-shot advantage at the top of the leaderboard, with Lee Westwood needing something of a miracle if he is to cling onto his St Jude Classic title.

How Karlsson will wish his round could have ended there and then as two closing bogeys pegged him back and trimmed his lead at the top of the leaderboard to a single stroke – a 68 leaving him on 11-under-par for the week.

Harrison Frazar is out on his own in second place courtesy of a sublime 64. The American rattled in seven birdies and only a solitary bogey prevented him from causing further damage.

Westwood, on the other hand, was again a little off colour. There were glimpses of brilliance, as three successive birdies suggests, but his round was littered with errors and a 69 was all he could muster. A one-under round leaves him on two-under for the tournament and he’ll now have one eye on next week’s US Open.

Retief Goosen fired his best round of the week to stake his claim ahead of Sunday’s finale. A steady front nine was followed by an action-packed back nine, five birdies and a bogey, in a 64, moving him on to seven-under par.

Padraig Harrington may have made the cut but a second successive 72 showed his game needs a lot of work ahead of the second major of the year at Congressional. Beginning on the back nine, the Irishman got off to a poor start, bogeying his first hole. He steadied the ship with a number of pars and a birdie but he never looked in command and finds himself four-over.