I grew up in the south of Sweden with my mother, Mona, my father, Ingemar and my ten-year younger sister, Ulrika.
I met Emma Löfgren, who is now my wife, through mutual golfing friends. Emma comes from a sporting family in the north of Sweden. She was a very talented alpine skier but golf became her sport of choice. When I met Emma she was playing golf for the University of South Carolina, where she majored in Public Relations and Media. I spent a lot of time with her over there. Puggy Blackmon, who was head of the men’s golf program at South Carolina, let me practice and hang out with the team. After graduation Emma worked as a teaching pro at Barsebäck Golf and Country Club for a few years. Since we both have a golfing background, we have a mutual understanding of the game and what it takes to succeed.
In December 2006 we got married in Dubai, which is also where we resided until the beginning of 2012. We had our first child, “Princess” Lisa, in July 2007. And Karl, or Kalle as we call him, made our family even bigger in March 2010.
We moved from Dubai to the United States in 2012. Emma and the kids join me on tour as much as our schedules allow them.
Whenever we can, we visit Sweden for a number of weeks in summer, and in winter we go to our cabin in Tärnaby, Sweden, for some skiing and snowmobiling.
We have a large extended family, with siblings, parents and cousins that often come and see us wherever we are in the world. The house is always full of family, friends and coaches. It’s a family affair…
I love skiing and we did some this Christmas in Tärnaby. Lisa and Kalle has started and they love it, so I can’t wait until the whole family can go skiing together. Also, we own a red Yamaha snowmobile that we call Stalin. I drove it this New Year and got stuck in the snow for about 20 minutes. We had to lift and dig it out of the snow. Who said that minus 20 Celsius is cold?
Fishing for marlin in Tenerife in 2002 – a very memorable experience. The waters were so rough I got seasick. Wonder why I haven’t tried that for a while? We’ve also done some jet-skiing, in the Cayman Islands in September 2010. It was great and I even pulled off a couple of nice jumps.
I enjoy snorkelling in warm waters, watching fish and turtles swim past. It makes you stay in the present.
Driving fast cars, both on and off the track, is another hobby of mine. I burnt some rubber not long ago in Dubai.
As a kid I looked up to Mats Lanner, a Swedish golfer who now works for the European Tour. My reason was that he had such a cool Spalding bag and as a child you think the bigger the bag the better – even if it was too big for us to carry or even push around.
Growing up, there weren’t many golf events shown on Swedish Television, but I did get to see a few of the major tournaments, which inspired me enormously.
I have very strong memories from The Open at Royal Birkdale in 1991 when Ian Baker-Finch won. I also watched The Ryder Cup in 1989, 1991 and 1993.
As a result The Open and The Ryder Cup have always been the tournaments I have wanted to compete in – and of course win!
Seve and Faldo have been my favorites since I was very young. So having the opportunity to play with both of them was fantastic.