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Robert Karlsson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (47) / 9/3/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 210

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Veteran Robert Karlsson returns to the Turkish Airlines Open, and new venue Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, after a one year absence.
The 6'6" Swede continues a sparkling career that hasn't seen him return to Q School since his first visit there in 1990. This year he had to call on all his experience to withstand a rough start which saw him open with a run of 1-for-9 but he turned it round to go 10-for-12 since, including T12 at the Nordea Masters to kickstart the change, T7 in the Czech Masters and T3 in the European Open. The 47-year-old played this event in 2014, shooting 71-71-70-73 to end the week T46 and in recent weeks has broken 70 just twice in 10 laps, but a 62 in the Portugal Masters suggests there is still a little fuel left in the tank for 2016. Nov 1 - 3:35 PM

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Robert Karlsson closed with a 64 on his last appearance at The Grove and returns to the English course to contest this week's British Masters.

That came 10 years ago when the Hertfordshire course staged the WGC-American Express Championship won by Tiger Woods and helped the Swede post T21. A second-round 76 had undone the promise of an opening 67. Karlsson was also T13 in last year's British Masters at Woburn and heads to The Grove having made his last seven cuts. That includes third place in the European Open two starts ago and T7 in the Czech Masters. The veteran hasn't won on Tour since 2010 but has enough credentials this week to at least suggest he could feature on the leaderboard.
Oct 10 - 4:30 PM

Past champion Robert Karlsson returns to St Andrews this week for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

In 13 trips to the tournament the big Swede has seen it all. He was a winner in 2008, came close in 2005 (T3), and has headed home early on 6 occasions. His recent experience of Scotland is equally boom or bust. Last year he finished runner-up in the Paul Lawrie Match Play (a result out of nowhere) and then opened with a pair of 77s in this event, which a Saturday 67 could not retrieve. This year's Scottish Open saw another early exit after catastrophic rounds of 84-72. That might have been a turning point however: since then he is 6-for-6, including a T7 in the Czech Masters and T3 last time out in the Porsche European Open. He's 100th on the Race to Dubai.
Oct 4 - 6:13 AM

Robert Karlsson scorched the track, shooting 6-under-par 33-32=65 to finish tied third at the Porsche European Open on 16-under 197 at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.

The result is the veteran Swede's first top five finish of the season, but it was coming and is his fourth top 30 in five starts. It also represented a continuation of his fine play in Germany having entered the week with a 22% to ten rate there. In the final round he began in sensational style with a hat-trick of birdies at 1, 2 and 3. A double bogey-6 at the 5th knocked him back only for a streak of red to follow at 9, 10, 11 and 12. Yet another par breaker at 16 completed the job. He found only 4 of 13 fairways, but landed 14 greens and never needed more than 28 putts per round all week.
Sep 25 - 10:52 AM

Robert Karlsson threatened to break 60, before stumbling late in his lap and accepting an 8-under-par 30-33=63 in the second round of the Porsche European Open, now reduced to 54 holes.

The Swede is T4 on 10-under 132 at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach, seven shots behind the early pacesetter Alex Levy, but on Friday afternoon it had looked as if the veteran would join the sub-60 ranks. He had set a furious pace from the 10th, painting red at 10, 11, 12, 14, 17 and 18, and there was absolutely no let up on the front nine, as he birdied the first, made eagle-3 at the 3rd and another birdie at No. 4. 10-under with 5 holes to play he then tripepd up, missing an 18" putt for par on the 6th and then adding another blue number on his return to the course Saturday morning at the 7th. But the 47-year-old is maintaining his strong German form: he has a top ten rate in the country of 22% and might yet improve on it. He's needed just 54 putts all week and yet is only 3-for-9 in Scrambling (43 putts on GIR).
Sep 24 - 6:19 AM

Robert Karlsson will be looking for a fourth win in Germany when he tees it up in the Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach this week.

The 47-year-old Swede will have little problem ever getting starts on the European Tour because he sits at 17th on the Career Money List with the small matter of €16 million banked, and yet it will concern him that he's only 139th on this year's Race to Dubai, the consequence of missing the cut in 7 of his first 8 starts. There has been an improvement since: he's made 8 weekends in the subsequent 9 starts and more recently he has started to trouble the top of the leaderboard – he was T7 in the Czech Masters and T5 after 54 holes last week in Italy (finished T30). His record in Germany is impressive: he's made 37 appearances there since January 1996 and has missed just 6 cuts, even more impressively he has a 22% top ten rate and no less than three victories, all on different courses.
Sep 19 - 2:54 PM

Veteran Robert Karlsson was flawless in round one of the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano, posting a 5-under-par 33-33=66.

The Swede was unaffected by the long disruption caused by heavy rain as he swept round the traditional venue in supreme style. He was smart from tee to green, but magnificent around and on the small putting surfaces of the Monza track, going 5-for-5 in Scrambling and needing just 26 putts. He opened on the back nine and ticked 14 and 18 before kicking off his second nine with another birdie at 1. He made a move into the early top five with another couple of red numbers at 6 and 9. It is his fourth consectuive sub-70 opening round. The best of his previous efforts was a 68 in the Czech Masters which left him T4 after round one and he maintained the pace to finished T7. When he signed his card he was two behind early leader Rikard Karlberg.
Sep 15 - 12:25 PM

Robert Karlsson continued his quest to boost a lackluster season with a second round 2-under-par 37-33=70 that gave him a share of the 5-way lead early in the D+D REAL Czech Masters on 6-under 138.

The Swede's first nine Friday saw him birdie 10 and 18, but make bogey on 15 and double bogey-6 on 17. His second nine was a smoother affair with birdies on 4, 7 and 9. In both his opening rounds he hit 11 of 14 fairways, but there was a distinct contrast in the way he constructed his scores thereafter. On Thursday he landed 16 greens in regulation, on Friday just 10. Missing so many targets called for greenside skills and he showed them, going 6-for-8 in Scrambling. Consequently, having taken 30 putts Thursday he needed just 25 Friday. He enjoyed lunch at the top of the leaderboard alongside four others including fellow veteran David Howell.
Aug 19 - 7:43 AM

Veteran Robert Karlsson enjoyed a 4-under-par 31-37=68 in the first round of the D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.

The 46-year-old has had a tough 2016 during which he is a mere 4-for-12 on the European Tour, has broken 70 just once in the first round and actually averages 74.82 in his opening laps. In fact he has gone sub-70 just four times in 28 rounds this season so this 68 is a real boost. The low score rarely looked in doubt after a blistering start in which he carded red numbers on 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7. He then parred his way in with the exception of a bogey at No. 14. He hit 16 greens in regulation, went 2-for-2 in Scrambling and needed 30 putts.
Aug 18 - 1:10 PM

Robert Karlsson seeks a boost as he heads to the BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof.

There is no doubting the big Swede’s pedigree: this is his 26th year on tour and whilst he has endured injury and the odd swing problem, he’s always maintained his card. But something needs to change this summer to avert a problem at season's end: 9 starts have seen 7 missed cuts and a best of T12; he‘s 180th in the Race to Dubai. The good news is that the latter result was last time out at the Nordea Masters. If he can push on from that, the course and event will suit. He won the tournament back in 1997 and was a course winner in 2008 and T2 in 1998. He averaged 29.80 putts per round at Bro Hof Slott; his previous 5 starts - all missed cuts - saw him average 32.6.
Jun 21 - 8:56 AM

Robert Karlsson has cashed just once in five starts in 2016 so will hope a return to Morocco for the Trophée Hassan II can turn his season around.

Karlsson has enjoyed plenty of success on past visits and finished runner-up in the 1998 Moroccan Open along with sixth in the 1997 edition and T12 in 2001 when the event was staged at this week's venue. After a 13-year gap he returned to Morocco in 2014 and took T11 in the 2014 Trophée Hassan II and also T34 last year. On historical form, managers could give him consideration but four missed cuts and a T52 this season is an obvious concern. There were better signs in last week's Volvo China Open, however, when he shot 73-69 to just miss the weekend.
May 4 - 5:47 AM

Robert Karlsson called it quits during his second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

The 46-year-old Swede had two holes remaining, but he was 3-over-par through 34 and wasn't going to make the cut. Thus, he opted out after play was called for the day. It's his first mid-tournament WD in 131 PGA TOUR starts, and it's a tough one to swallow even if his fate was sealed. Karlsson survived open qualifying for a spot in the opposite event. He is a non-member.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 02:48:00 PM

Robert Karlsson painted a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in the first round of the British Masters at Woburn in England and shares second place.

That's just one swing behind leader Matt Fitzpatrick although it could have been a different story with Karlsson bogeying the last and the young Englishman making birdie. That blemish at 18 was the Sweden's only bogey of a round which saw him split 12 (of 14) fairways but hit just 11 greens in regulation. He kept his card clean until the final hole with 6-for-7 scrambling stats. Karlsson's lap of the Marquess course featured front-nine birdies at 2, 5, 7 and 9 which took him to the turn in just 31. He added three more at 11, 14 and 15 before finally losing momentum at the finish. The 45-year-old said later, "Everything about my game is really good and I hit most of the fairways. You have to do that to make a score here."
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 02:56:00 PM

Robert Karlsson is 92nd on the Race To Dubai going into this week's Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in southern Germany.

That position comes with a caveat as nearly half his earnings this season came in the Paul Lawrie Match Play where he reached the final. In strokeplay, the veteran Swede has yet to post a top 20 although a T44 in last week's Open d'Italia could be the foundation for a good week. Historically, Karlsson had enjoyed some great success in Germany, winning three of his 12 European Tour titles there. He achieved those victories in 1997, 2006 and 2008 so gamers have to decide how relevant they are to his chances this week.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 04:08:00 PM

Robert Karlsson beat David Howell at the 20th hole in their semi-final clash at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links GC on Sunday.

The tall Swede was in front for most of the match but needed extra holes before securing his place in this afternoon's final against Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who beat Marc Warren 3&2 in the other semi. Karlsson made his move by winning 6, 9 and 12 to go 3up with six to play but the tenacious Howell took the next, holed a monster putt from off the green at 16 for a birdie and pulled level when Karlsson bogeyed 17. At the 18th, Karlsson had a four-foot par putt to win that lipped out but a Howell bogey at the second extra hole clinched the Scandinavian's spot in the final. Although the 45-year-old has played Ryder Cups, it was hard to see this coming as Karlsson had missed his last six cuts on the European Tour. Be honest, who could have predicted a Karlsson v Aphibarnrat final?
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 08:25:00 AM