By petedirenzo
Thursday, June 12, 2008

Karlsson_200 SAN DIEGO -- “Many people think I’m crazy,” Robert Karlsson told me a few years ago. “I try not to care too much.”

The fact that I’ve actually talked with Karlsson is relevant because, as I write this, the tall Swede has a share of the first-round lead at the U.S. Open. (He was 4-under through 11 holes.) Mike Kern, the half-pint golf writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, just cornered me in the press tent and demanded that I share my Karlsson insights.
I said, “Karlsson is deep. He’s something of an intellectual. He’s complex and tormented. He walks into the woods and meditates. Sometimes he wins, sometimes he chokes.”

Mike gave me a look. “You expect me to read your story, right?”

Exactly right. I wrote a profile about the Eurotour’s most thoughtful player a few years ago, and here it is, straight from the SI Vault.
Want to know what Karlsson has in the bag? David Dusek has the scoop in The Shop.
(Photo: Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)

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