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European Ryder Cup team - Robert Karlsson
Robert Karlsson
Country: Sweden
Age: 38 (39 on 3/9/69)
Caps: 1 cap (2006)
Ryder Cup record: W0 L1 H2

Sweden's Robert Karlsson shrugged off last-minute injury concerns over a neck problem and warmed up nicely for Valhalla by ending a two-year wait for a title with victory in the Mercedes Championship in Germany last week.

The 38-year-old had easily secured his spot with two second-placed finishes, three thirds in succession, an eighth place in the Masters, a fourth in the US Open and seventh in the Open.

With a commanding presence, the 6ft 5in Swede (based out of Monaco) was born into golf - his father was a greenkeeper.

He turned professional in 1989 and has had a steady career ever since, with five top 20 places on the European Order of Merit, including a best of fourth in 2006.

Did not make his Ryder Cup debut until 2006, halving two fourballs alongside Paul Casey before losing in the singles to Tiger Woods.

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