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Robert Karlsson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (46) / 9/3/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 210

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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

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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

Robert Karlsson was T6 in last year's Nordea Masters at PGA Sweden National and returns to The Lake Course for another crack.

The 11-time European Tour winner took a while to get into his stride 12 months ago but burst through the field with a closing 63 to finish just three swings behind the playoff number of 16-under. He missed the cut in the Irish Open last week but was T27 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and T26 at the China Open in his two previous European Tour events. That will attract the attention of gamers looking to make the obvious play of selecting a big-name Swede in his homeland.
Mon, Jun 1, 2015 02:23:00 PM

Robert Karlsson spun a 1-under-par 37-34=71 to post 6-under 138 after two rounds of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Following up his opening 67, Karlsson handed back three shots in the first three holes before surging again with an eagle-3 at the fourth. He bogeyed the sixth but found his groove on the back nine with four birdies against a single blemish at 13. The Swede had a poor day off the tee, splitting just 6 (of 14) fairways, but still managed to find 14 greens in regulation. Karlsson was 0-for-4 in scrambling but, at T6 and just four behind leader Francesco Molinari, he remains a factor going into the weekend.
Fri, May 22, 2015 02:07:00 PM

Robert Karlsson enjoyed another memorable day at the BMW PGA Championship and leads the field by a shot after an opening 5-under-par 33-34=67.

A walk-off birdie at the par-5 18th lifted the Swede out of a four-way tie after he'd joined early clubhouse leaders Miguel Angel Jiménez, Jorge Campillo and Chris Wood with a par breaker at 16. Overall, he made six birdies on the day against a single bogey. Karlsson holds a share of the course record at Wentworth after an incredible 10-under 62 in the third round in 2010. He also shot an opening 66 when T3 in this event in 2008. Today, the former Ryder Cup star split 12 (of 14) fairways and found 12 greens in regulation. He was a perfect 6-for-6 in scrambling.
Thu, May 21, 2015 09:00:00 AM

Robert Karlsson looks to use his local knowledge at this week's Wells Fargo Championship.

The Swede got in the field through foreign exemption but currently lives nearby in Charlotte. He's enjoyed some success on this track in the past, most notably his T4 in 2013. Karlsson is making his second start of the PGA TOUR season and has just one top 25 in his last 10 internationally. The local knowledge makes him worth a look, but there are still better sleepers to be used before the Swede.
Tue, May 12, 2015 08:48:00 AM

Robert Karlsson is 141st on the Race to Dubai ahead of the European Tour's first visit to China this year.

The tall Swede is 5-for-6 worldwide in 2015 going into the inaugural Shenzhen International but has yet to crack the top 20. That's something he's managed on his last two trips to China - T16 and T20 - so he does perform well in the region. Karlsson's best performance this year is a T34 in the Trophee Hassan II on his most recent start so there are signs that he's rounding into form again.
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 02:50:00 AM

Robert Karlsson will tee it up in the Puerto Rico Open on a sponsor exemption.

His two trips to Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico have both been a success. His maiden voyage was in 2013 and resulted in a T30. He returned last year and tied for 14th. He's broken par in seven of his eight rounds, and that consistency is of real value to gamers. He's made three of his four cuts in 2015 overseas, with a T45 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship the best.
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 08:20:00 PM

Robert Karlsson crumbled at the finish when poised to end day two of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship as the nearest challenger to leader Martin Kaymer.

The Swede had to settle for a 1-under-par 39-32=71 and a midway total of 6-under after taking a triple-bogey seven at his closing hole. Karlsson had made his way to 9-under by circling five birdies against a single bogey in his first 17 holes. But at the par-4 ninth he gave back three shots to slip seven behind pacesetter Kaymer. The 45-year-old is just 13-for-28 in fairways hit so far.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 06:01:00 AM

Robert Karlsson is 7-for-7 in cuts made at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and the tall Swede has another crack this week.

The former Ryder Cup star missed the event in 2009 and 2011 but has cashed on every single appearance since a T30 on debut in 2006. That run includes four top 25s while he posted his best finish of eighth last year after a closing 68. The 45-year's last two European Tour wins were both recorded in the Middle East -- the 2010 Qatar Masters and 2010 Dubai World Championship.
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 07:00:00 AM

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.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 10:30:00 AM