KARLSSON HITS TOP 20

Robert Karlsson has been rewarded for his excellent form by climbing into the world’s top 20, while Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell has slipped out of the top ten.

Karlsson had a 2009 to forget, picking up only one top-25 finish and only making five cuts. However, 2010 has been a different story, with the weekend’s play-off victory over Ian Poulter for the Dubai World Championship being his crowning moment.

Robert Karlsson has been rewarded for his excellent form by climbing into the world’s top 20, while Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell has slipped out of the top ten.

Karlsson had a 2009 to forget, picking up only one top-25 finish and only making five cuts. However, 2010 has been a different story, with the weekend’s play-off victory over Ian Poulter for the Dubai World Championship being his crowning moment.

US Open champion McDowell was left to rue a poor spell of putting as he lost out to Martin Kaymer in the Race to Dubai and fell to 11th in the world standings. Needing a top-three finish to give himself a chance of topping the money list, one of Europe’s Ryder Cup heroes could only tie for 13th along with Kaymer – leaving the German to finish the year as Europe’s premier golfer.