Born:Sept 3, 1969 in Katrineholm, Södermanland, Sweden.
Original/Home Club:Katrineholms GK, Sweden.
Turned Pro:1989 (aged 21)
Played as the Dubai World Championship presented by DP World (Nov 25-28; conclusion of European Tour's season-long Race to Dubai Order of Merit). Robert Karlsson (Swe) beat Ian Poulter (Eng) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. Poulter's par at this hole became a bogey after incurring a one-shot penalty for dropping his ball onto his marker, which flipped over and was therefore deemed to have moved. [Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE].
Played as the Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy (Jan 28-31; European Tour event). Second-placed and defending champion Álvaro Quirós (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Robert Karlsson (Swe), who recorded his tenth European Tour win. [Doha GC, Qatar].
Played as the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (Oct 2-5). Robert Karlsson (Swe) beat Martin Kaymer (Ger) and Ross Fisher (Eng) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Old Course, St Andrews, Fife. Earlier rounds of this pro-am event also played at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns].
Karlsson (Swe) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 2008 Order of Merit winner, with earnings of €2,732,748 on the Tour. Padriag Harrington (Ire) was second with €2,459,109; Lee Westwood (Eng) was third with €2,424,642.
Played as the Mercedes-Benz Championship (Sept 11-14). Second-placed Francesco Molinari (Italy) finished 2 shots behind Karlsson (Swe). [GC Gut Lärchenhof, Pulheim, nr Cologne, Germany].
Karlsson (Swe) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Lee Westwood (Eng) was second with 70.44; Sergio Garcia (Esp) was third with 70.63.
Played as The Deutsche Bank Players' Championship of Europe (July 27-30). Second-placed Lee Westwood (Eng) and Charl Schwartzel (RSA) finished 4 shots behind Karlsson (Swe). [Gut Kaden G&LC, Alveslohe, nr Hamburg].
Played as the Celtic Manor Wales Open (June 1-4). Second-placed Paul Broadhurst (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Robert Karlsson (Swe), who recorded his first European Tour win for four years. [Roman Road course, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales].
Played as the Omega European Masters (Sept 5-8). Second-placed Trevor Immelman (RSA) and Paul Lawrie (Scot) finished 4 shots behind Karlsson (Swe). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
Played as the Via Digital Open de Espana (75th) (April 19-22). Second-placed Jean-François Remésy (Fra) finished 2 shots behind Karlsson (Swe). [Parador de El Saler, nr Valencia, Spain].
Played as the Belgacom Open (50th) (Oct 21-24). Second-placed Retief Goosen (RSA) and Jamie Spence (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Karlsson (Swe), who recorded his third European Tour win with a final round 66 (-5). [Royal Zoute GC, Knokke-Heist, West Flanders, Belgium].
Played as the BMW International Open (Aug 28-31). Robert Karlsson (Swe) beat Carl Watts (Eng) with a par at the third playoff hole, to record his second European Tour win. [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].
Played as the Turespana Open Mediterrania (Feb 23-26). Second-placed Anders Forsbrand (Swe), Jarmo Sandelin (Swe), Sam Torrance (Scot) and Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Karlsson (Swe), who recorded his first European Tour win. [GC Escorpion, Bétera, nr Valencia].
2021 Opens: whether by accident or design, four of the top five mens’ Open Championships played in the British Isles occupy consecutive weeks in July: the Irish Open (1-4), Scottish Open (8-11), The Open (15-18) and Wales Open (22-25). The recently relaunched English Open is scheduled for early-August.
Hoag Classic: Ernie Els defends his title in this prestigious PGA Tour Champions event, played since 1991 at the Newport Beach Country Club, CA (Mar 5-7).
Traigh Golf Course (pronounced "try", and meaning "beach" in Gaelic): You'll find this nine-hole seaside gem on the scenic coast road (as opposed to the more inland and quicker A830) between Arisaig and Morar. Although not on the well-beaten path of Scotland's "trophy" courses, if you are passing through this area, it's a must play.
Cullen Links Golf Club: "immensely scenic", "quirky as golf can get", "short!", "hugely enjoyable" ... Cullen Links attracts as wide a variety of comments as it lays down golfing challenges. Shoehorned into this 4,600 yard treasure trove are ten par-3s, seven par-4s and a good-length par-5. Here you'll find all the seaside scenery a golfer could ask for, and a lot more besides. Read More...
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