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Swedish golf enjoyed plenty of success in 2008 and that looked set to continue in 2009 as Johan Edfors established an early lead at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

Last year Robert Karlsson claimed The Order of Merit before teaming up with Henrik Stenson to claim the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

And Edfors was looking to continue the Scandinavian country’s good form as he moved to six under after 13 holes at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

The Royal Trophy player was closely pursued by two of his compatriots, Mikael Lundberg and Jarmo Sandelin, as well as Italy's Francesco Molinari, all of whom were five under.

A hailstorm had caused a two hour delay early in the day - the storm was fairly brief, but it was so fierce that the greenkeeping staff then had to clear flooded bunkers and fairways.

Edfors birdied three holes in succession from the third and then repeated the trick after the turn.

Sandelin was also through 13 and yet to drop a shot - like Edfors he birdied the tenth and 11th.

Sandelin and Molinari were both through 12 and potentially on their way to a bogey free round.

One Swede not having such a good day was Stenson, who ran up a triple bogey seven on the 16th after discovering that the ball he played from the rough was not his.

Having bogeyed the 14th, the course record holder slumped to four over and joint last, but he did at least hit back straightaway with a birdie.
 
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