Showed glimpses of a return to his best in 2014 with five top tens, including a tied sixth finish in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai – a tournament he won in 2010 – and in August 2015 reached the final of the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play, losing one down to Kiradech Aphibarnrat. Became the first Swede to capture the Harry Vardon Trophy in 2008. Two wins that season not only helped the greenkeeper’s son finish the campaign as Europe's Number One, but also ensured a second successive Ryder Cup appearance. Finished his landmark year in style by partnering Henrik Stenson to a Swedish success the World Cup. 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. After banishing memories of a frustrating 2009 season, Karlsson 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. Another highlight of 2010 came at the BMW PGA Championship in May, when he shot a course record 62.