Home favourite looking to secure his second KLM Open title
As the FedEx Cup takes a week off, the focus of world golf switches to the Netherlands. The KLM Open – formerly the Dutch Open – has been a fixture since the European Tour was inaugurated and there’s a strong European field heading to the Kennemer Golf and Country Club.
Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 KLM Open.
Your golf betting favourites
Only three Dutchman have won their home Open since World War Two and one of them is amongst the favourites to take the title this week. Joost Luiten won the title at the Kennemer course in 2013, eventually beating the experienced Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez on the first hole of a sudden-death play-off.
Luiten has won three times on the European Tour in the last two years but is yet to taste victory in 2015. His recent form has not been terrific – he missed the cut at both the Open and US PGA – but he was fourth in the Scottish Open and has an excellent record in this event. Over the last two years the 29 year old is 22 under par at Kennemer, eight shots better than anyone else in the field this week.
Rested and ready, Luiten looks a great bet at 18/1.
After a few weeks playing in America, Martin Kaymer‘s failure to qualify for the later stages of the FedEx Cup play-offs means he is in the field in the Netherlands for the first time since 2012. A former winner of the KLM Open, the German is pleased to be back on his home continent.
He said: “I’m incredibly relieved to come back to Europe after that long stretch in America fighting to make the FedEx Cup play-offs. At the time of course I wanted to make the play-offs, but now I’m happy that I can be back here.
“It’s nice to be back at one of the oldest tournaments on the European Tour. It can be tricky here and when the wind blows it can be very tight. It’s natural that when you can play at home or near where you’re from, it’s always more comfortable, so I’m enjoying being here and I’m looking forward to it.”
Kaymer is the 9/1 favourite this week.
It may also be worth keeping an eye on Tyrrell Hatton. In his last nine starts, the 23 year old has recorded three top five finishes and three more top 25s, including his first appearance at the US PGA Championship.
The young Englishman shot a final round 65 last year on his debut to finish in a share of 11th place. It is only a matter of time before he breaks his duck on the European Tour and this could be his week at 20/1.
Some outsiders to consider
Three weeks ago David Horsey shot a first round 63 on his way to securing the Made in Denmark title and a cool €250,000 prize. A failure at the Czech Masters followed before the 30 year old finished solo third at last week’s Russian Open.
The Englishman’s form has been good in recent weeks and he has recorded top ten finishes in three of his last five appearances at the KLM Open. Ninth in 2013, Horsey looks a good value each-way bet this week at 44/1.
Richie Ramsey has recorded top 25 finishes at this tournament in each of the last four years and is available at 31/1 while the 2013 runner-up Miguel Angel Jimenez is a 48/1 chance.
It’s been a good year for Thomas Pieters and the young Belgian stands 54th in the current Race to Dubai rankings. After some top ten finishes earlier in the year he secured his maiden Tour victory at the Czech Masters a couple of weeks ago, shooting a terrific 20 under par.
The 23 year old has finished in the top 30 at his two previous KLM Open appearances and so can go well this week at 51/1.
Check out all our pre-tournament odds on the 2015 KLM Open over at our main site at https://www.betbright.com/golf/outrights/men/klm-open-2015-winner
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.