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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 2-under-par 33-37=70 of his work at the third round of The Open Championship.
The Swede picked up birdies at the par-4 third and par-5 fifth holes and hung on with pars until he suffered his first bogey at the par-4 14th. He would immediately bounce back with a birdie at the par-3 15th, then traded a bogey at the 17th with a birdie at the par-5 18th. Entering the finale at 6-under 210, he is one of the many that needs both a hot round, and some help from Rory McIlroy, if he is to claim his first Claret Jug. Jul 19 - 10:30 AM

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Robert Karlsson backed up his opening 69 at The Open Championship with a 1-under-par 36-35=71 to post 4-under 140 at the midpoint and sit one strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

The lanky Swede found only seven (of 14) fairways but hit 13 greens in regulation at Royal Liverpool today. He circled three birdies, including two on par 5s, to counter a double-bogey 5 at the sixth hole. It was at the same hole on Thursday where he recorded his only bogey in the opener.
Jul 18 - 12:01 PM

Robert Karlsson opened The Open Championship with a 3-under-par 36-33=69 to lay claim to the very early clubhouse lead.

It's a beautiful day in Hoylake, England, and the field is capitalizing. Playing in the first threesome, Karlsson split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens regulation en route to four birdies, all on his inward nine, two of which on par 5s. His only hiccup was a bogey-4 at No. 6. He arrived in good form with top 25s in his last three starts. The 44-year-old has cashed just three times in 10 appearances in this tournament as a professional, but two went for top 15s. He's poised for another at Royal Liverpool.
Jul 17 - 6:59 AM

Thanks to his fourth-place finish at the Alstom Open de France, Sweden's Robert Karlsson has qualified for The Open Championship.

The top three golfers inside the top 10 in Paris not otherwise exempt into the season's third major punched tickets to Hoylake. Karlsson carded a 2-under-par 35-34=69 today to finish two strokes back of champion Graeme McDowell and secure the first of the berths. He'll be making his 17th appearance in The Open Championship. Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland finished alone in seventh at Le Golf National to wrap up the second tee time up for grabs. He's 0-for-2 in the major (2001, 2012). Despite a Sunday 76, Frenchman Victor Riu hung on to place eighth and the final exemption available. He'll be making his PGA TOUR debut at Royal Liverpool.
Jul 6 - 11:29 AM

Robert Karlsson was awarded a sponsor invitation into the Wells Fargo Championship.

Karlsson is a Swede by birth, but resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. It's likely that is why the PGA TOUR non-member was granted a spot in the field this week. It doesn't hurt that he tied for fourth here in 2013. He's made the most of his few PGA TOUR starts this year, finishing inside the top 15 in each of his three starts with a T6 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba the best.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 29 - 9:32 PM

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

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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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 Web.com 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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 09:15:00 PM