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Robert Karlsson

Player Data

  • Birthdate: September 2, 1969
  • Birthplace: St. Malm, Sweden
  • Residence: Monaco
  • Age: 36 Ht: 6'5" Wt: 190
  • Turned Pro: 1989

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Player Notes

Was involved in a dramatic end to the 2004 season where he took the 116th and final automatic place on the Order of Merit by a mere €13.57 (£9.39) over the 117th placed Jarrod Moseley. Made certain of no such anxiety in 2005, finishing fifth on three occasions in the first half of the season and sharing third in the Dunhill Links Championship in October en route to finishing 38th on the Order of Merit. One of the tallest players on Tour at 6ft 5in and possesses one of the best swings. Son of a greenskeeper, hails from St Malm in Sweden but is now resident in Monaco. Follows the teachings of the off-beat psychologist, the late Dr Bengt Stern, who died on the Friday of his last European Tour win, the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in 2002, and to whom Karlsson dedicated the victory. Past tasks undertaken under the guidance of Stern included a two week fast and an entire night spent on his feet hitting ten foot putts while a friend berated him if he missed, the idea being that he would face a level of frustration that would go way beyond anything which could unsettle him in a tournament context.

Career Victories

European Tour
6 - 1995 Turespana Open Mediterrania, 1997 BMW International, 2000 Belgacom Open, 2001 Via Digital Open De Espana, 2002 Omega European Masters, 2006 Celtic Manor Wales Open

Career Summary

1991 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 72.65 (ranked 66th); money £66,428 (ranked 62nd); best finish, T3rd Scandinavian Masters.

1992 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average 71.62(ranked T-39th); money £208,607 (ranked 22nd); best finish, 2nd Moroccan Open and European Open.

1993 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 72.13 (ranked 56th); money £149,191 (ranked 43rd); best finish 2nd German Masters.

1994 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 72.20 (ranked T-74th); money £99,653 (ranked 56th); best finish 3rd, Moroccan Open.

1995 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 72.42 (ranked T-76th); money £133,282 (ranked 41st); winner, Turespana Open Mediterrania.

1996 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 5; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 73.83; money £65,423 (ranked 102nd); best finish T-2nd, Volvo German Open.

1997 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.78 (ranked 13th); money £364,542 (ranked 10th); winner BMW International Open.

1998 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 70.89 (ranked 15th); money £267,286 (ranked 17th); best finish 2nd, Moroccan Open and T2nd, Linde German Open.

1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 18; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 71.11 (ranked 11th); money €465,674 or £332,624 (ranked 19th); won Belgacom Open.

2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 11; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 71.73 (ranked T57th); money €122,945 or £73,118 (ranked 114th); best finish T13th, Brazil Sao Paulo 500 Years Open.

2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 20; top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average 70.39 (ranked 17th); money €877,180 or £545,394 (ranked 15th); winner, Via Digital Open de Espana.

2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 18; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 71.26 (ranked 47th); money €625,088 or £398,564 (ranked 33rd); winner, Omega European Masters.

2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 21; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 71.31 (ranked 61st); money €501,594 or £349,716 (ranked 114th); best finish T3rd, Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters.

2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 14; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 71.84 (ranked 87th); money €145,868 or £100,871 (ranked 116th); best finish T4th, Celtic Manor Wales Open.

2005 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 71.15 (ranked 41st); money €573,067 or £387,336 (ranked 38th); best finish T3rd, Dunhill Links Championship.

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