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Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Enterprising golfer Robert Karlsson makes his first visit to Sun City to take part in the lucrative Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club next week.

The Swedish player has been playing well this year and deserves to be in this event that will be contested by 12 top golfers.

As the son of a green keeper, Karlsson was never far from a golf course and that enabled him to spend time practising in his father's "back yard".

His first five victories came between 1995 and 2002 and he started working with Swedish coach Annchristine Lundstrom, who has helped him with his technique and mentality, encouraging him to take personal ownership and control of his destiny.

With his victories in the Mercedes Benz Championship and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, he took his tally of victories on the European Tour to nine, making him the most prolific champion to emerge from the golfing nursery of Sweden.

The year 2006 was a breakthrough for Karlsson, as he won the Celtic Manor Wales Open and the Deutsche Bank Players Championship, and finished fourth on the European order of merit.

With his success came an automatic place in Ian Woosnam's 2006 Ryder Cup team that secured a record victory over Team America at the K-Club in Ireland.

But he was more than a little disappointed with his year in 2007, because he failed to secure a title and slipped down the order of merit standings. Karlsson refused to be demoralised and had faith in his ability, starting the 2008 season strongly with a second place at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

After a strong finish to the season he won the order of merit.