KLM Open next for European Tour
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2013 KLM Open | Preview | 12 Sep 2013
The European Tour moves west from Crans sur Sierre in Switzerland to the Kennemer Golf and Country Club in Zandvoort on the west coast of the Netherlands and just west of Amsterdam for the KLM Open.
The Kennemer Golf Club has been a regular venue for this event or its equivalent, the Dutch Open, over the years, alternating with the Hilversumche Golf Club in more recent times.
The last time the event was held here in 2009 Simon Dyson won the second of his three KLM Opens to date and given his great record in the event and at the venue and several solid recent performances he is likely to start as favourite.
Ross Fisher is another to have had success at Kennemer having won there in 2007 and following his very good 5th place in Switzerland last week he appears to be a very good chance of repeating his earlier success at the venue.
Joost Luiten is the local favourite and although his results here in front of his home crowds have been a little inconsistent he does boast a runner-up finish to Fisher at this venue in 2007 when he was nowhere near the golfer he is now. Luiten won earlier in the season in Austria and then finished runner-up in Ireland, two finishes that indicate he is ready for this task in what is effectively his own national open.
Two weeks ago Luiten finished 4th at the Wales Open so he is having yet another good season in Europe.
Paul Casey is clearly returning to his best, beating Luiten to win in Ireland and after a few events in the US he returned last week to finish 15th in Switzerland. His chances look very good on his continuing comeback. Casey has very seldom played this event, in fact only once when making the cut last year. He is one of the class players in the field however and a good showing can be expected.
Nicolas Colsaerts comes from neighbouring Belgium and although playing below his best in recent starts he is a successful Ryder Cup player from 2012 and is a player good enough to have finished 10th at this year’s US Open. He has struggled with injury and illness of late but if he is anywhere near his best he could do well. Colsaerts has a couple of good finishes at this event although not at this venue.
Brooks Koepka appears a great prospect for world golf, the American having already won three times on the European Challenge Tour this season and finishing 7th at the Omega European Masters last week, securing his biggest cheque in the process.
Australians in the field are Marcus Fraser, Robert Allenby, Richard Green and Andrew Dodt. Fraser improved a little last week after a poor run over the last few months while Andrew Dodt is beginning to run out of events to regain his status although a better week last week will help.
Allenby has retained his playing rights for the PGA Tour in 2014 by virtue of a career mony list exemption and is here as he awaits the Fall events on that tour to start and is playing this event for the first time in 19 years.
Richard Green has been twice runner-up in this event, once at this venue but other than a 6th place finish at the French Open he has really struggled all season.