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The Tour Report

July 14 2011

4:07 PM

Karlsson: American golf is not dead

PGA TOUR rookie Robert Karlsson of Sweden, in a column he wrote for USA Today, addressed the notion that the world order in golf has changed forever, and that all is gloom and doom for American golfers.

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“It is not quite as straightforward as that,” wrote the 41-year-old Karlsson, who thinks the future of golf in the U.S. is safe, especially with Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan on the rise.

Karlsson, who spent the last 20 years primarily on the European Tour before joining the PGA TOUR this year, did have a theory why there are fewer Americans in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking that at any other time since the rankings began in 1987.

He thinks Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have been so dominant that other Americans have been lost in their shadows.

“It must be a little dispiriting for the next generation,” Karlsson wrote. “They are top, top players, but are not getting the level of support or attention that the likes of Tiger and Phil enjoy. In my view, it is holding them back.”

He added later in his column that “the Bubbas, Hunters and Dustins of today are not enjoying that level of attention and adulation despite the excellence of their game. They totally deserve it. And I think they need it to kick on to the next step of being established top 10 greats.”


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