Advantage Rors, Says Bob Karlsson
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

So Swedish: Robert Karlsson in action.

If you’re looking for a succinct evaluation of the set-up at this week’s Dubai World Championship, who better to turn to than businesslike 2010 champion Robert Karlsson?

Such was the reasoning of Reuters’ man-about-course Tony Jimenez this evening, who managed to extract some precious quotage from the Swede ahead of tomorrow’s opening round.

“If you look at the previous winners, Lee Westwood in 2009 and myself last year… the golf course is definitely set up for the longer hitter…

“Rory will have a huge advantage getting up to the greens, that’s just the way it is.”

In addition to being long in the general sense, the Earth course’s challenge is complicated by the par-5s, nearly all of which are reachable in two shots for the longer hitters in the field.

“I don’t think Luke can get up in two shots on any of the par-fives and I think Rory can get on at least three of them.”

If Donald’s wedges, then, should have one of their more pedestrian outings, the Englishman could quickly find himself losing ground on a host of challengers.

That, however, particularly given the Englishman’s relatively recent form, is a massive if.

Conor Nagle