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Robert Karlsson |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (45) / 9/3/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 210
College: Sweden

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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. Apr 15 - 2:50 AM

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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.
Mar 4 - 8:20 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.
Jan 16 - 6:01 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.
Jan 14 - 7:00 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

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.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 12:01:00 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.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 06:59:00 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.
Sun, Jul 6, 2014 11:29:00 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.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 09:32:00 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.
Tue, Feb 25, 2014 05:35:00 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.
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 12:28:00 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