Lafeber among leaders at Portugal Masters

Oct. 14, 2010 at 3:14 PM
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VILAMOURA, Portugal, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Maarten Lafeber, despite a bogey and a double bogey Thursday, fired an 8-under-par 64 and has a share of the lead at the European Tour's Portugal Masters.

Robert Karlsson and Johan Edfors each had bogey-free 64s while Lafeber had 11 birdies and the two poor holes that left the trio in first place after the event's first round.

Alexander Noren and Mikko Ilonen each shot 7-under 67 and are tied for fourth and David Horsey and Paul McGinley are at 6-under. Another 15 golfers are tied at 5-under 67.

Karlsson had four birdies on each nine of the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course Thursday. Edfors was at 2-under after eight holes before he ran off three consecutive birdies. Edfors added three birdies in the span of holes 14-17 to get to 8-under.

The trip was much different for Lafeber. He started his round on the back nine with three straight birdies but he gave a stroke back at No. 13. After two pars, he posted back-to-back birdies but negated those with a double bogey 6 at the 18th hole.

He came back with five birdies in a six-hole stretch and capped the day with a birdie at the ninth hole.

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