WHILE we are all keenly looking at the penultimate event in the FedEx playoffs (check our tips here), back in Europe the Tour moves to Holland for The KLM Open.
Even though the event struggles to attract the bigger names, it’s still a popular stop for many players.
And this year we’re going to be treated to the second successive year at one of Colin Montgomerie’s biggest projects.
⛳ KLM Open Betting Tips ⛳
His name is plastered around the place everywhere and his style is evident in the overall design.
Most impressive of all is how out the box he went with the name. The Dutch Course. Beautiful.
Let’s all go and enjoy Monty’s fine work.
You could point to the fact that Ryan Fox is at the top end of the market, but something seems to fit this week with the New Zealander.
The Dutch Course is similar to Le Golf National and Fox looked superb in his 6th place finish at that track a few months ago.
Two T4 results in testing links conditions in Ireland and Scotland proved he is a capable wind player and comfortable on these type of layouts.
Last week he also finished T9 and his stats will blow your mind. Across the week he was averaging over 330 yards off the tee, which is just ridiculous. If he gets close to that he’ll completely overpower the course, but the fact he was also inside the top 10 for putting stats every day make him too intriguing to discard.
Definitely one to keep an eye on.
We cannot deny that Chris Wood is a bit of a gamble, but we just felt at the mid-range prices on offer, he is too talented to skip by.
On his day he’s without doubt one of the best players in the field. A three-time European Tour winner who is a notoriously superb putter and outstanding with his irons, this place should suit his game. While he didn’t particularly prove that last year, he should be coming here in a slightly different mindset.
Yes, his results haven’t been great, but if you look at a T33 at the PGA, T14 at The Open, even a couple of efforts on the PGA Tour, that should make him feel like he’s in a better shape than others around him.
It’s a big gamble no doubt… but that’s what we’re all here for right?!
Daniel Im has been on a very interesting and obvious upward curve in recent outings.
Each week the result gets better and better as his game gradually improves.
His putting and GIR stats were very consistent throughout last week’s T16 performances and as someone who generally hits the ball straight and plods his way round courses, this track could suit his eye.
A similar bet to Chris Wood in that this is a fine, fine player at healthy odds. Brandon Stone did miss his last two cuts but before that he finished second in Africa and has proved in tournaments gone by how much potential he really has.
He finished T10 here last year and generally he hits it very straight and very long (56th driving accuracy, 46th driving distance ), which is a lethal combination for such short tracks like this – think DJ and Rory and what they do when they’re straight.
If his putter gets going he could be an interesting outside bet.
Finally we have Ben Evans.
He is one of the biggest hitters on the tour – but he actually caught our eye because of how decent his putting looked in Denmark a few weeks back.
He didn’t drop outside the top 10 for putting stats all week and finished T3, which gives us a hope he’ll have confidence coming onto a track he performed very well at last year.
He was T4 with a dominant tee-to-green display and there’s no reason he can’t do it again if his putter is as hot as it has been.