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Ryder Cup reject Karlsson eyes US Tour card

Ryder Cup reject Robert Karlsson was heading to America on Monday after being overlooked for this year's European team.

Karlsson hasn't played since captain Mark James picked Andrew Coltart as one of his two wild-cards, even though the Swede was one place ahead of the Scot in the rankings.

Karlsson, 24, now wants to follow in the spike marks of compatriots Jesper Parnevik and Gabriel Hjertstedt by earning a US playing card.

His manager Daniel Marcko said: "Robert did not really have a plan of what to do if he missed the Ryder Cup team, but invitations to play in the States came up."

The 6ft 5in Swede will play in five events on the US Tour - starting with the Canadian Open - but will not be turning his back on Europe for good.

Marcko said: "Maybe Robert will focus on America one day, but for now he wants to stick to the European Tour."

Karlsson occupied the final Ryder Cup place going into the last qualifying tournament but was over-taken by Irishman Padraig Harrington.

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