KLM Open Betting Tips & Predictions
Devastating was the word last week! We tipped up Ashun Wu at a monster price of 225/1 and he led at one point on Sunday. However, two bogeys in his last three holes plummeted the Chinese man to 9th on the leader-board, just one shot out of the place. How cruel a game this can be!
The season is slowly coming to an end but we still have a couple of events to savour, and this week we are heading to the Netherlands for the KLM Open. This is the 80th time that this tournament has been held, but annoyingly 2017 marks the second hosting on the new ‘The Dutch’ course crafted and designed by Colin Montgomerie and Ross McMurray in Spijk. As ever when faced with new course layouts, we’ll be keeping stakes to a minimum here.
The reigning champion here is Joost Luiten, and the Dutchman is on relatively local turf here so will fancy another decent week. He also won the tournament back in 2013 so always raises his game for it.
Answers on a postcard, please. This will be the second time that The Dutch has been used in tournament play, and so the little that we do know is that it measures 6,981 yards for its Par 71 and has an inland, Links feel to it.
Old Monty grew up on Links courses so that will surely have been on his mind when finalising the architecture, and with winds expected to hit 30kmph this week in Spijk, this is a course that will surely favour those born and bred on this type of golf.
We’ve got four par 5s (three of which are brutally long) and five Par 3s, so this course will surely require management and ball striking over brute force and length. Thick rough and undulating greens highlights the importance of straight tee-to-green play.
Some onlookers have compared The Dutch to Kennemer, the host of the last three renditions of this event, while others note the exposed, Links-style feel to be reminiscent of Le National in Paris. The Monty-McMurray partnership also created Celtic Manor, host of the Ryder Cup in 2010 and the Welsh Open in 2014.
The local boy will surely want to impress in front of home fans, and happily he has done the business on Dutch turf in the past – winning this event last year and in 2013, so we’re happy to have Joost Luiten on side this week. He also took the spoils at Celtic Manor in the Welsh Open of 2014, so that’s a nice correlation, and with just one top 10 finish this season, Luiten has been nowhere near his consistent best. With no victories, he will be hoping to break his duck on home soil. Luiten always seems to play well in his native Netherlands, as a string of 23-5-1-1 in this tournament shows, and suggests he has the game to tame this kind of test. Accurate off the tee and above average for the number of greens hit, Luiten will surely be involved at the business end here if his putter is hot.
We tipped up Ashun Wu last weekend at a monster price of 225/1 and he very nearly gave us our just rewards. He was in a tie for first place at one point on Sunday but a bogey on a Par 5 and two bogeys in his last three holes saw him move down to 9th position, just one shot off the places. How gutting is that? Anyway, I want to stick with him again this week as I feel he is still overpriced at 100/1. These tricky links like tracks suit his steady game and he can make his presence felt again this weekend!
This course is set up very links like and designed by Colin Montgomerie so let’s look for someone who performed well in the Scottish Open this year. One man that sticks out is Frenchman Matthieu Pavon who finished third in Scotland this year, his best performance of the year interestingly. This course will suit his accurate iron play and he seems to have a great head for a true test of golf so he may well flourish at huge odds here this weekend.