|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Robert Karlsson|
3 September 1969 |
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (209 lb; 15.0 st)|
|Residence||Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Current tour(s)||European Tour (joined 1991)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour (joined 2011)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T8: 2008|
|U.S. Open||T4: 2008|
|The Open Championship||T5: 1992|
|PGA Championship||T4: 2011|
|Achievements and awards|
Order of Merit winner
Karlsson was born in Katrineholm, Sweden where his father was a greenskeeper at the local golf club. He turned professional in 1989 and qualified for membership of the European Tour at the 1990 Qualifying School. Since then he has retained his card and has had a steady career on tour, the highlight of which came in 2008 when he won the Order of Merit. He has finished in the top twenty of the Order of Merit seven times throughout his career and has won eleven events on tour.
At the 2006 Celtic Manor Wales Open, Karlsson broke the European Tour's 36 hole and 54 hole scoring records by shooting 124 for the first two rounds and 189 for the first three. However as the course was a par 69, which is rare at the top level, his to-par scores were a much less remarkable 14 under after two rounds and 18 under after three.
Karlsson's second victory of 2006 at the Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe in July helped him reach the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings and in 2008 he entered the top 25. His win at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship took him to number 8 in October 2008. A T3 finish at the Portugal Masters two weeks later took him to number 6. He has spent over 25 weeks in the top-10 since 2008.
Karlsson was a member of the Continental Europe team in the Seve Trophy in 2000, 2002 and 2007. In 1999 he was eleventh on the Ryder Cup qualifying table just missing out on the last automatic place, and was not selected as a captain's pick. He made his Ryder Cup debut in 2006, at the age of 37, along with fellow Swede Henrik Stenson. He played again in 2008, forming a partnership with Pádraig Harrington in the foursomes and beating Justin Leonard 5 & 3 in the singles on Sunday.
After a strong finish to the season, Karlsson won the Order of Merit in 2008, being the first Swedish golfer to do so. Because the name of the money list changes to the "Race to Dubai" beginning with the 2009 season, it was the final "Order of Merit" win. This achievement, among other things, resulted in him winning Swedish male athlete of the year at the Swedish Sports Gala in January 2009, also a Swedish male golfer first.
Karlsson is one of the tallest golfers on the European Tour at 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Like many leading Swedish golfers he lives outside his home country, basing himself in the tax haven of Monaco.
In June 2009, Karlsson suffered from an eye injury, with no depth-perception in his left eye. It occurred during the week of the St. Jude Classic, the week before the U.S. Open, which Karlsson was set to play in, teeing off in the first round with fellow Swede Henrik Stenson. The eye injury caused Karlsson to withdraw from the event and he missed most of the rest of the 2009 season. He returned for The Vivendi Trophy toward the end of the season, and completed his recovery by claiming his tenth Tour title at the 2010 Commercialbank Qatar Masters the following January. In June, Karlsson lost in a sudden death playoff to Lee Westwood at the St. Jude Classic. In 2011, Karlsson was again in a playoff at the St. Jude Classic, where he lost to long-suffering veteran Harrison Frazar.
Karlsson is a member of the "Champions for Peace" club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.
Professional wins (12)
European Tour wins (11)
European Tour playoff record (3–3)
|1||1992||Moroccan Open||David Gilford||Lost to birdie on third extra hole|
|2||1997||BMW International Open||Carl Watts||Won with par on third extra hole|
|3||2001||Victor Chandler British Masters|| Mathias Gronberg, David Howell
|Levet won with birdie on third extra hole
Karlsson and Howell eliminated with par on first hole
|4||2006||EnterCard Scandinavian Masters||Marc Warren||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|5||2008||Alfred Dunhill Links Championship||Ross Fisher, Martin Kaymer||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|6||2010||Dubai World Championship||Ian Poulter||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)
|1||2010||St. Jude Classic||Robert Garrigus, Lee Westwood||Westwood won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Garrigus eliminated with par on first hole
|2||2011||FedEx St. Jude Classic||Harrison Frazar||Lost to par on third extra hole|
Other wins (1)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||T77||DNP||DNP||T5||CUT||DNP||CUT||DNP||CUT||CUT||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||T35||CUT||T7||DNP|
|The Open Championship||T14||CUT||DNP||CUT||T12|
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||1||2||4||17||6|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2010 Masters – 2011 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (2008 Masters – 2008 Open Championship)
Results in World Golf Championship events
|Accenture Match Play Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||R64||DNP||DNP||DNP||R64||R64|
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R64||R32||R32||R32|
1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
- Dunhill Cup (representing Sweden): 1992
- Seve Trophy (representing Continental Europe): 2000 (winners), 2002, 2007, 2009
- World Cup (representing Sweden): 2001, 2007, 2008 (winners), 2009, 2011
- Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 2006 (winners), 2008
- Royal Trophy (representing Europe): 2007 (winners), 2010 (winners)
- Week 40 – Robert Karlsson Breaks into the World Top 10 with Victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – Official World Golf Rankings, 5 October 2008
- "Players who have reached the Top Ten in the Official World Golf Ranking since 1986". European Tour Official Guide 09 (PDF) (38th ed.). PGA European Tour. 2009. p. 558. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
- "Sweden's Robert Karlsson wins Qatar Masters in Doha". BBC Sport. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- "Westwood,Karlsson and Garrigus in St. Jude playoff". Yahoo News. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010.[dead link]
- Peace and Sport
- "After 2009, everything seems like a bonus". 16 October 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
- "Clay Smith on Robert Karlsson". http://www.robertkarlsson.com/. 10 November 2014.
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