Who's who: Robert Karlsson

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Who's who: Robert Karlsson

  • Name:

    Robert Karlsson
  • Country:

    Sweden
  • Born:

    Sept 3, 1969 in Katrineholm, Södermanland, Sweden.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Katrineholms GK, Sweden.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1989 (aged 21)
  • Website:

    https://www.robertkarlsson.com

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (2006, '08). Multiple wins on the European Tour. European Tour Order of Merit winner (2008).

Did you know?

The son of Björn Karlsson (greenkeeper at Katrineholm GK), Robert Karlsson is one of the tallest golfers on the European Tour at 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m). Like many leading Swedish sports stars, he lives outside his home country, residing in Charlotte, North Carolina and in the tax haven of Monaco.

Top tournaments won by Robert Karlsson

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Karlsson, Robert

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

€901,348

Title sponsor

DP World

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].

2010
Europe
273 (-15)
€294,584
Commercialbank

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Karlsson, Robert

Venue

Doha GC

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

€294,584

Title sponsor

Commercialbank

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].

2008
Europe
275 (-13)
€320,000
Mercedes-Benz

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Karlsson, Robert

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

€320,000

Title sponsor

Mercedes-Benz

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].

2008
Awards
70.08
n/a
Eurpn Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Karlsson, Robert

Venue

Score

70.08

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Eurpn Tr

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.

2008
Awards
€2,732,748
see Score
Eurpn Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Karlsson, Robert

Venue

Score

€2,732,748

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Eurpn Tr

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.

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Karlsson, Robert

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

€545,812

Title sponsor

Dunhill

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].

2006
Europe
263 (-25)
€600,000
Deutsche Bank

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Karlsson, Robert

Score

263 (-25)

Prize money

€600,000

Title sponsor

Deutsche Bank

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].

2006
Europe
260 (-16)
€364,352
Celtic Manor

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Karlsson, Robert

Score

260 (-16)

Prize money

€364,352

Title sponsor

Celtic Manor

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].

2002
Europe
270 (-14)
€250,000
Omega

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Karlsson, Robert

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

€250,000

Title sponsor

Omega

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].

2001
Europe
277 (-11)
€200,000
Via Digital

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Karlsson, Robert

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

€200,000

Title sponsor

Via Digital

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].

1999
Europe
272 (-12)
€125,000
Belgacom

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Karlsson, Robert

Score

272 (-12)

Prize money

€125,000

Title sponsor

Belgacom

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].

1997
Europe
264 (-24)
£125,000
BMW

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Karlsson, Robert

Score

264 (-24)

Prize money

£125,000

Title sponsor

BMW

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].

1995
Europe
Escorpion GC
276 (-12)
£50,000
Turespana

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Karlsson, Robert

Venue

Escorpion GC

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

£50,000

Title sponsor

Turespana

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].

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