Robert Karlsson turns 50 in September and qualifies for the Champions Tour in the United States. But he is also the Vice-captain of Europe for this year’s Ryder Cup and he is here in Dubai, lying in second place at the halfway stage. By the way, Karlsson has not won since the DP World Tour Championship in 2010 – so it is the tenth year since his previous win. Karlsson won twice in 2010 – in Qatar and in Dubai and he was the winner of the Order of Merit in 2008.
His best result in Omega Dubai Desert Classic is T3 in 1998.
Does he still plan to play the European Tour? He said, “This might be the last one here this year, so we’ll see. I’m going to go and play the PGA Champions Tour after this starting in the Chubb Classic in February. So my focus is going to be to play there.”
“And then obviously I’m going to have a lot of talking to do with reporting regarding the Ryder Cup. And we’ll see what happens come this summer and before, but obviously Ryder Cup is a huge thing. But it’s a much lesser work for me now having an away game compared to a home game. Last year we need to understand their team and our team and how we’re going to set up the golf course. Now that’s their job. So we’re just going to have to kind of figure out how they’re going to set it up for when it’s time to get our picks. But apart from that it’s more trying to build relationships with the players and play with them.”