Fulfilled the early promise he showed on The European Tour by winning the 2002 Algarve Open de Portugal after a play-off with David Gilford. Attended the US PGA Tour School at the end of the year and qualified in 21st place. Ended his rookie year on the US PGA Tour in 2003 in 74th place on the Money List, highlight of the year coming when he finished second to Tiger Woods in the Buick Invitational in February. An all-round athlete, took up golf seriously at the age of ten, having 'messed around' with the game as a toddler near the course where he lived in Gothenburg. Father, Lars, a low handicap golfer, was an Executive for Volvo Trucks Division, resulting in Carl living in England between the ages of ten and 14, then his current home of Raleigh, North Carolina. Won the European Amateur Individual Championship in 2000 and represented Sweden in the Eisenhower Trophy before turning professional in September of that year. Won four All-American titles while studying at North Carolina State University. At college, won an NCAA event by four shots - but was disqualified for signing for an incorrect score! Made a bright start to his European Tour career in 2001, finishing tied seventh in the Carlsberg Malaysian Open and outright second in the Open de Argentina but surpassed that with seven top ten finishes in addition to his victory at Vale do Lobo in 2002, finishing 26th in the Volvo Order of Merit, the second highest placed Swede behind Niclas Fasth.
1 - 2002 Algarve Open de Portugal
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 15; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.18 (Ranked T61st); money ?342,813 and £213,147 (ranked 61st); best finish, 2nd, Open de Argentina 2001.
Rookie on the PGA TOUR after finishing T21 at the 2002 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 26; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 71.13 (Ranked 33rd); money ?806,893 and £514,485 (ranked 26th); winner Algarve Open de Portugal.
2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 3; rounds played - 10 ; in money - 2; top-10 finishes - 0; best finish T-43 at the British Open; money $51,728 (ranked 216th - unofficial)
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 4; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.70 ; money ?99,481 and £69,359; best finish, T6th, Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters.
2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; Rounds Played - 79; in money - 15; top -10 Finishes - 1; money $977,076 Rank (74th); Best finish: 2nd at the Buick Invitational
Scoring - 71.16 / (106th); Driving Distance - 281.8 / (128th); Driving Accuracy - 63.0% / (137th); GIR - 63.9% / (128th); Putting - 1.745 / (26th); Birdie Average - 3.81 per rd / (50th) / Total Birdies - 301; Sand Saves - 56.5% / (18th); All-Around Rank - 727 / (84th).
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