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Profile: Robert Karlsson
Birthplace: Katrineholm, Sweden
Family: Wife: Ebba (m. 2003); Children: Thea Elisabet (2001), Ceaser Alexander (2004)
European Tour International Schedule Victories: Total 7
Turned Professional: 1989
Teams: Ryder Cup 2006 (winners); Alfred Dunhill Cup 1992; World Cup 2001, 07; Seve Trophy 2000 (winners), 02, 07; The Royal Trophy 2007 (winners)
RYDER CUP EXPERIENCEYears played: 2006
Overall record: Played 3, Won 0, Lost 1, Halved 2: Points 1
Singles: Played 1, Won 0, Lost 1, Halved 0
Foursomes: Played 0, Won 0, Lost 0, Halved 0
Fourballs: Played 2, Won 0, Lost 0, Halved 2
2006: The K Club, Europe 18½ USA 9½
Day 1 Fourballs: Casey/Karlsson (halved) with Cink/Henry
Day 2 Fourballs: Casey/Karlsson (halved) with Cink/Henry
Singles: Karlsson lost to Woods (3 and 2)
Robert Karlsson has been a model of consistency in the 2008 season, with the towering Swede recording a staggering nine top ten finishes–including six in a row. Can also claim to be the only European player to finish in the top 20 in all four Major Championships in 2008, a feat matched by Phil Mickelson from an American perspective. Began his season by finishing joint runner-up in the UBS Hong Kong Open, before starting an incredible run of results with a tied eighth finish in the Masters Tournament. Thereafter, top five finishes followed in the Methorios Capital Open (where he carded a course record 61 on the second day), The Irish Open, the BMW PGA Championship, The Celtic Manor Wales Open and the US Open Championship. Karlsson's cheque for €195,349 for finishing fourth at Torrey Pines Golf Club effectively sealed his place in the European Team, which was subsequently cemented with top ten finishes in The European Open and The 137th Open Championship. Karlsson is making a second successive Ryder Cup appearance after being part of the European Team's triumph at The K Club in 2006.