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Robert Karlsson |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (44) / 9/3/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 210
College: Sweden

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Robert Karlsson turned in a 67 at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., in the open qualifier for The Honda Classic, three strokes too high to force a playoff for a berth into the tournament proper.
The Swede tied for 13th despite the low number. Thanks to a pair of top 10s in the fall, he has 153 non-member FedExCup points, but he's still in no-man's land as he's currently 223rd in the Official World Golf Ranking and not exempt into any of the biggest events. And at 44 years of age, it's fair to wonder what his future holds. Other notables that failed to qualify include: 66--Andrew Svoboda; Edward Loar; Skip Kendall; Ted Purdy ... 67--Kevin Kisner; Wes Roach; Daniel Chopra; Mark Anderson; Arjun Atwal ... 68--Ben Martin; Kevin Foley; Robert Streb; Dicky Pride; Vaughn Taylor ... 69--Will Claxton; Andrew Loupe; Chris DiMarco ... 70--Scott Gardiner; Peter Malnati; Lee Williams; Kris Blanks; Nick O'Hern ... 71--Jim Herman; Bud Cauley; Greg Owen; Doug LaBelle II ... 72--Brad Fritsch ... 73--Miguel Angel Carballo; Chris Smith; Marc Turnesa ... 74--Tyrone Van Aswegen; Frank Lickliter II ... 75--Lee Janzen. Feb 25 - 5:35 PM

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Robert Karlsson opened the Volvo Golf Champions with a 2-over-par 38-36=74.

So what, you ask? Well, Karlsson is a non-member on the PGA TOUR, but he could have played the Sony Open in Hawaii via a top-10 exemption earned at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba where he shared sixth place. (He actually has two top 10s in as many starts already this season on the PGA TOUR.) The Volvo is the European Tour's version of the PGA TOUR's Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Only 36 are in the field and there is no cut. Because the Swede is in South Africa instead of on Oahu, he forfeits the exemption and will sit on 153 non-member FedExCup points with no guaranteed starts lined up. He needs 125 more to qualify for Special Temporary Membership, and he lives in Charlotte, but his decision this week makes it tricky to trust in him as a flier in the long-term.
Jan 10 - 12:28 AM

Robert Karlsson stumbled to a 1-over-par 32-39=72 in the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, settling into a tie for sixth at 15-under 269.

The Swede was in position to completely change the landscape of his entire 2014 schedule with a win, but a shaky back nine eliminated him from contention. Among his struggles were back-to-back tee shots on the par-5 13th and par-4 14th that went into hazards right of the fairway. Even without a win, he could have secured Special Temporary Membership [STM] by earning the equivalent of 214 FedExCup points, but picked up just 89. With 153 on the board this season, he's only 125 shy of qualifying for STM. The short-term good news is that, just as his top 10 at The McGladrey Classic last week allowed entry into the field at El Camaleón, he now has the option to tee it up at the Sony Open in Hawaii to kick of 2014 if he so chooses.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 04:54:00 PM

Robert Karlsson takes a one-stroke lead into the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba after completing his third round with a 4-under-par 32-35=67.

Karlsson did most of his damage on Saturday afternoon, circling three birdies without a blemish before play was called due to darkness after his seventh hole. He tacked on two more birdies on Sunday morning before dropping his only stroke at the par-4 18th. His 16-under 197 tally has him one ahead of Kevin Stadler, Harris English and Rory Sabbatini. The Swede has no PGA TOUR status, but entered this week off a top 10 at The McGladrey Classic. A win later today would exempt him for the remainder of this season and the next two after that.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 11:05:00 AM

Eighteen-hole leader Robert Karlsson backed up his opening 63 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba with a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in his second round to post 12-under 130 at the midpoint, good for a share of the early 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Karlsson raced out to bogey-free 4-under after eight holes, and then picked up a final birdie at 13 before swallowing bogeys at 16 and 17. As he was lining up a relative short birdie try at the par-4 18th, the horns blew to indicate that play was being suspended for darkness. The Swede regrouped and buried the putt to catch Kevin Stadler in the clubhouse. Because the 36-hole cut has to fall before golfers are grouped for the third round, there's a decent chance that it may not conclude by dusk on Saturday. The threat of inclement weather exists again on the weekend, with the higher likelihood of rain and storms tomorrow.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 06:08:00 PM

Robert Karlsson spun an 8-under-par 33-30=63 in his opening round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

He's in the event only because of a backdoor top 10 at Seaside, so despite his cachet, it's a long shot that he's atop the early leaderboard at El Camaleón. Karlsson split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation. He checked off nine birdies, including six on his back nine (the front side of the course). His only gaffe occurred at the par-4 12th hole where he settled for bogey. Despite it, he was able to sign for what is now a career low on the PGA TOUR. He had carded a 64 three times. The Swede is scheduled to begin his second round on the first tee at 12:20 p.m. CT.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 01:02:00 PM

Robert Karlsson has been added to the published field of this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

As we relayed to you on Sunday, the Swede's T10 at The McGladrey Classic paved the way for an exemption at El Camaleón. He has Kevin Stadler to thank since the American bogeyed the 72nd hole at Seaside. That allowed five others (including Karlsson) to share 10th place. This will be Karlsson's first appearance in México.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 11:04:00 AM

Robert Karlsson closed out his week at The McGladrey Classic with a blemish-free 5-under-par 33-32=65, finishing in a tie for 10th at 8-under 202.

Karlsson needed a solid week, as he is playing without any PGA TOUR status this week. That means he potentially is working towards Special Temporary Membership, or at worst a finish equivalent to 200th or better in the FedExCup standings in an effort to make the 2014 Tour Finals. Either way, his five birdies on Sunday didn't do anything to hurt him whatever his goals may be. Because of the top 10, he has the option to tee it up next week at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 02:49:00 PM

Robert Karlsson has received a sponsor exemption into The McGladrey Classic.

It's a little hard to believe, but the Swede has no status and is a non-member in regards to PGA TOUR status. He finished 156th in the FedExCup standings, with those in the 126-150 range at least picking up conditional status. His T4 at the Wells Fargo was his only top 25 finish on TOUR last season. He missed the cut in his 2012 trek to the Seaside Course, so there isn't much in his favor this week other that the mindset of being able to freewheel it a bit.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 08:47:00 PM

Robert Karlsson will be happy that the PGA TOUR in back in North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship.

The Swede makes his home in Charlotte and his best finish of the year was a T4 at Quail Hollow. He had missed four consecutive cuts leading up to a T26 at the Reno-Tahoe Open two weeks ago, so hopefully for him that means he found something. At 141st on the money list and 156th in the FedExCup standings, he has serious work to do if he is to retain his 2013-14 PGA TOUR card.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 09:15:00 PM

Robert Karlsson enters the John Deere Classic 144th in the FedExCup standings.

This is his first trip to TPC Deere Run, and it's fair to think that his current standing in the FEC has something to do with the change in schedule. He's running out of weeks to secure a 2013-14 card via the top 125, so every start is precious. After a T4 at the Wells Fargo in May, he's failed to secure a top 30.
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 09:32:00 PM

Robert Karlsson has resigned his membership on the European Tour.

No surprise, really. Since the conclusion of last year's FedEx St. Jude Classic, he's falled 130 spots to 180th in the Official World Golf Ranking. To sustain full schedules on both the European Tour and the PGA TOUR, especially since the Euro Tour now requires 13 starts to retain membership, it's a dual commitment best suited only for guys that play in all of the majors and World Golf Championships. "We'll see," Karlsson said of accepting membership on the European Tour again. "First we'll take care of this year and then we'll see. Obviously it would be ideal, if I'm playing good, get back up the World Rankings and I'm in it again. Obviously I'm going to try to play both Tours." He's in the graduate reshuffle on the PGA TOUR, which hasn't helped him lay out a schedule in the U.S.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 12:36:00 PM

Robert Karlsson backed up his opening 69 at the Memorial with a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the second round to reach the midpoint in 4-under 140, five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

That he signed for a red number today is mildly impressive. He converted on only three of 14 birdie opportunities -- the longest of which from 15'4" at the sixth hole -- missed four putt inside 10 feet and parred all four par 5s. He also got up and down just twice.
Fri, May 31, 2013 01:11:00 PM

Robert Karlsson carded a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in his opening round of the Memorial.

Here he is again. The lanky Swede is scratching his way back into form of late. This is his fourth consecutive sub-70 to open a tournament. Today at Muirfield Village, he went 5-for-12 in birdie chances, three of which dropping in from 11 feet or longer. The highlight of the set measured 16'3" at the 11th hole. He also squared two bogeys and finished four strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Thu, May 30, 2013 05:13:00 PM

Robert Karlsson has been added to the published field of this week's Memorial.

Karlsson was given a sponsor exemption into the tournament. In two prior appearances, his only cut made resulted in a T63 in 2011. Since sharing fourth place at Quail Hollow four weeks ago, he's cashed in one of two starts but has flashed form on multiple occasions. It's the big number that he can't avoid lately.
Mon, May 27, 2013 10:12:00 AM