One putt can make all the difference

It’s funny how the golf ball rolls.
Had Kevin Stadler not 3-putted the 72nd green at the McGladrey Classic last Sunday, Robert Karlsson would have been on a plane to South Africa Saturday night.
Instead, Karlsson has a share of the overnight lead in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba with Harris English and the two of them will spend a 29-hole Sunday playing with — you guessed it — Stadler.
“You’ve got to be wondering who’s decided I am going to play today and tomorrow with Kevin Stadler because I don’t know what’s going on,” Karlsson said.
Karlsson has no status on the PGA Tour and got into the McGladrey Classic on a sponsor exemption. When he finished at Sea Island, he was in 12th place and figured he’d lost his chance at a top-10 finish and the accompanying spot at Mayakoba.
Then Stadler doubled the 16th hole and birdied the 17th, leaving Karlsson in 11th place as he began the five-hour drive home to Charlotte with his caddie. When Stadler hit the 18th green in regulation, Karlsson quit watching the PGA Tour’s shot tracker on his phone, figuring Stadler would two-putt from 37 feet.
A few minutes later, Karlsson was on the phone making travel arrangements for his first trip to Mexico where he has a chance on Sunday to solidify his travel plans for a couple of years, including a trip to Augusta.


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