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Karlsson's secures Qatar comeback win

Karlsson was securing his first victory since returning to the European Tour following a serious eye injury.
Karlsson was securing his first victory since returning to the European Tour following a serious eye injury.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Robert Karlsson of Sweden wins the Qatar Masters after closing seven-under-par 65
  • Karlsson was winning his first European Tour event since being sidelined by an eye problem
  • Race to Dubai winner Lee Westwood falters in closing holes to fall into a tie for third
  • Defending champion Alvaro Quiros finishes second -- three shots off the pace

(CNN) -- Sweden's Robert Karlsson carded a seven-under final round 65 to win the Qatar Masters by three strokes on Sunday and complete his comeback from a serious eye injury.

The 40-year-old was recording his 10th European Tour victory, but his first since being sidelined by the eye problem which wrecked his 2009 campaign.

Karlsson was sidelined for four months last year after suffering from blurred vision caused by fluid behind the retina in his left eye.

"The focus this year was to come back and start to put together good rounds and a then a string of good rounds and then you never know what's going to happen," Karlsson told reporters.

"That's the thing I am most happy with. It's not really the win, it's fantastic to win, but to play four really good rounds together, that's the most satisfying."

It's fantastic to win, but to play four really good rounds together, that's the most satisfying.
--Robert Karlsson

Defending champion Alvaro Quiros of Spain finished runner-up after a closing 67 at the Doha Golf Course.

Race to Dubai winner Lee Westwood was level with Karlsson with three holes to play, but a bogey on the 16th derailed his challenge.

Karlsson, who preceded Westwood as European number one in 2008, then finished with a flourish with two straight birdies to total 15-under-par 273.

Westwood eventually carded a 70 to share third place with Australian Brett Rumford on 277.

Briton Oliver Wilson recovered from being involved in a minor car crash on the way to the course to card a one-under 71 to claim fifth on eight-under-par alongside joint overnight leaders Bradley Dredge (74) and Paul Casey (74).