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KARLSSON Robert

Robert KARLSSON

SWE

Biography

ResidenceWeddington Waxhaw, North Carolina, USA
Date of Birth:03/09/1969
Place of BirthKatrineholm, Sweden
Height & Weight6ft 6¼in 14st 13lbs (196cm 95kg)
FamilyWife: Ebba (m. 2003); Children: Thea Elisabet (2001), Ceasar Alexander (2004)
InterestsFamily, sports
Web Sitewww.robertkarlsson.com
Turned Pro1989 (plus 3)
Qualifying School1990*

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Biography

The son of a greenkeeper, he started and finished 2010 in superb fashion, winning the Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy in his second event and ending the season with victory at the lucrative Dubai World Championship presented by DP World, beating Ian Poulter in a play-off. The latter win lifted him to sixth in The Race to Dubai and helped banish memories of a frustrating 2009, during which he was plagued by a debilitating eye problem. Another highlight of 2010 came at the BMW PGA Championship in May. Believing he had missed the cut, he flew home on the Friday afternoon, only to receive a phone call a few hundred metres from his front door in Monaco informing him that he had made it to the weekend. Without even saying hello to his wife, he told the taxi driver to take him back to Nice airport, from where he caught a flight to Paris, had two hours’ sleep and paid for a private jet leaving at 6am for London. He just made his 8.55am tee time and shot a course record 62. Having enjoyed the most successful season of his career in 2008, when he became the first Swedish player to capture the Harry Vardon Trophy as Europe’s Number One, he did not play a competitive stroke play event between the European Open in May 2009 and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October after suffering from blurred vision caused by fluid behind the retina in his left eye. Won twice in 2008 to top the Order of Merit and ensure a second successive Ryder Cup appearance before closing the year in style by partnering Henrik Stenson to a Swedish success the Mission Hills World Cup. His outstanding 2008 season bears testimony to the decision he took, in 2003, to make a fresh start after years of feeling frustrated with life both on and off the course. His work with Swedish coach, Annchristine Lundström, has helped enormously and he credits her for the help she has given him in starting to take personal leadership.

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European Tour Wins11
Wins this season0
Current Rankings
OWGR215
Race To Dubai75
Biggest European Tour Prize:: € 910,349 (2010)

Teams

Professional Ryder Cup 2006 (winners), 08 Alfred Dunhill Cup 1992 World Cup 2001, 07, 08 (winners), 09, 11 Seve Trophy 2000 (winners), 02, 07, 09 Royal Trophy 2007 (winners), 10 (winners)

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