Robert Karlsson – Open Championship Golfers

Swede, Robert Karlsson, is definitely finding his best form going into the latter half of the 2008 season and although he is yet to bag one of the majors, he has had a remarkable run at the grand slam events this year.

Late Starter on the Greens

Karlsson can no longer be classified as one of the young guns of golf as he first made his way onto the European Tour well over 15 years ago but he is arguably one of those late bloomers of the fairways.
Granted, he has won his tour titles pretty consistently over the years, but he really got the pundits talking at the 2006 Celtic Manor Wales Open when he broke not one but two scoring records – the 36 and 54 hole record. He carded a 124 in the first two rounds and 189 in the first three rounds of the event!

Great Performances at the 2008 Grand Slams

He is the only Swede to have claimed seven titles on the tour and he has been included in the Ryder Cup team on two occasions – in 2006 and again in 2008 but what is really exciting is his performances at all four of the majors this season. He tied eighth at the Masters, tied 7th at the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in very unforgiving weather conditions, went on to finish tied fourth at the US Open and then slipped a little at the PGA Championship, finishing tied 20th – not bad for a year’s work!
He has been that much closer to the Claret Jug before though, his best result on the traditional Links course was way back in 1992 when he finished tied fifth for the championship!
Karlsson has been improving each and every year on tour and is currently in the top ten of the European Tour ranking but it is the Official World Golf Ranking that really counts and there he is languishing with the big guns in the top twenty!

Karlsson’s Notable Achievements in 2008

  • T20 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
  • T6 – The European Open
  • T13 – Open de France
  • 2 – The Celtic Manor Wales Open
  • T3 – BMW PGA Championship
  • T3 – Irish Open
  • 3 – Italian Open
  • T19 – Dubai Desert Classic
  • T11 – Abu Dhabi Golf Championship
  • T2 – Hong Kong Open