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Robert Karlsson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (48) / 9/3/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 210

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Robert Karlsson has some good course form but will have to dig deep into his memory banks for this week's Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain.
The Swede was a regular there when Valderrama staged the season-ending Volvo Masters but the last of those was in 2008 and he hasn't returned since. Karlsson played in six of them, recording best finishes of T9 in 2002 and T11 in 2007 and never finished worse than T38. In recent weeks, the veteran has moved himself inside the top 100 on the Race to Dubai (now 98th) after solo third at the British Masters and T32 (67-69-67 for final 54 holes) at the Italian Masters. This week will be more about pars than birdies but his experience and solid stats (inside top 50 for Driving Accuracy and GIR suggests he could be able to tough it out and push for another notable finish. Oct 18 - 4:12 AM

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Robert Karlsson fought hard, but lost his pre-round lead and finished solo third on 16-under 264 after a final lap of 4-under-par 34-32=66 in the British Masters at Close House GC.

The Swede's opening holes on the Lee Westwood Colt Course Sunday were slow: three pars then a three-putt bogey at No. 4. But he responded with a tap-in birdie at 5 and then posted three red numbers either side of the turn at 9, 11 and 13 to maintain pressure on the new leader, and playing partner, Paul Dunne. A final circled number came at 17 but by then it was too late. The result, and the performance, are however a welcome return to form for the big Swede who last won at the end of the 2010 season.
Oct 1 - 11:35 AM

Robert Karlsson defied an errant driver to claim the 54-hole British Masters lead on 12-under 198 after a third round of 3-under-par 34-33=67 at Close House GC; he's one shot clear of five players with 18 holes to play.

The Swede barely found a fairway all day but didn't let it overly affect him as overtook Tyrrell Hatton at the top. He had started the day in sedate fashion with seven straight pars before making progress ahead the turn in unlikely style. He first made bogey-4 at the eighth, then followed it with an eagle-2 at the steeply downhill par-4 ninth, which had a forward tee for Moving Day. A chip-in for birdie followed on the 11th and yet still the drives were wonky. At 12 he was almost flush against a tree but made great contact despite having a limited swing; he made par. The final par breaker came with a pitch to kick-in range at 17. Pre-round leader Hatton was struggling on the back nine and Karlsson eased into the tie. The Swede gained the advantage when Hatton slipped back into second on 11-under with four others. Rory McIlroy a danger just a further swing back.
Sep 30 - 12:24 PM

Robert Karlsson hasn't managed a worldwide top 10 in over a year but is in position to end that run after hoisting up a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in round two of the British Masters at Close House in England, his halfway total of 9-under 131 putting him T2 in the clubhouse with the afternoon wave still to finish.

After six birdies in an opening 66, the veteran Swede found another half-dozen today as he pulled up three behind pacesetter Tyrrell Hatton of England. Karlsson traded a birdie with a bogey at 2 and 3 before connecting three red circles from Nos. 6-8. He made it five gains in eight holes with more circles at 11 and 13 before riding the par train to the clubhouse. The former Ryder Cup has cashed in just six of his 18 starts this season although T11 at the Rocco Forte Open showed he can still get in the mix. The most recent of his 11 European Tour titles came at the 2010 Dubai World Championship.
Sep 29 - 9:40 AM

Robert Karlsson heads to the United Arab Emirates to make a ninth career start in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The Swede made seven straight cuts at Abu Dhabi GC, including T8 in 2014 and another four top 30 finishes, prior to last season's lost weekend. It's a run which is typical of his solid Desert Swing credentials: he has four top tens in both the Dubai Desert Classic and Qatar Masters. The latter tally includes a win in 2010, the same year he also collected the DP World Tour Championship. He ended 2017 playing the weekend nine times in his last ten starts after a poor start to the campaign. Quirkily he topped the Ball-Striking stats here in 2014 and then led the Total Putting 12 months later. He failed to combine them last year, can he find the recipe this time around?
Jan 17 - 4:55 AM

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.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 03:35:00 PM

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.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 04:30:00 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.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 06:13:00 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.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 10:52:00 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).
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 06:19:00 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.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 02:54:00 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.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 12:25:00 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.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 07:43:00 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.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 01:10:00 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.
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 08:56:00 AM