Matt Fitzpatrick claimed his fourth European Tour win high up in the Swiss Alps on Sunday and is taking a well-earned break this week. That’s not the case for many of those who he bested at the Omega European Masters who have made the trip to Spijk in the Netherlands for the KLM Open.
After a successful European Tour debut, the Dutch is making a return as the host venue for the KLM Open. The par 71 layout was co designed by European Tour legend, Colin Montgomerie, who said that his aim was to create a course capable of challenging the best players in the world.
At a shade under 7,000 yards, the distance of the Dutch clearly won’t prove too much of a challenge for the European Tour’s best. Instead, they will be punished for wayward shots. The rough was allowed to get up around the fairways last year and players who strayed too far with their tee shots found it tough to hit the greens in regulation. The Dutch also requires some imagination as it is an inland links and with the wind forecast to get up, only those who can control their ball flight will have a chance of winning.
Ryder Cup Points to Focus Sullivan’s Mind
Andy Sullivan achieved his dream of playing in the Ryder Cup last summer. The Englishman didn’t have the best time of it at Hazeltine National but that defeat to the USA will only strengthen his desire to make the European team at Le Golf National in a year’s time.
Truth be told, Sullivan’s golf hasn’t been anywhere near good enough for that aim but that’s not something he is unaware of. Sullivan has taken a break from competitive golf since missing the cut at the PGA Championship so will return to action this week fresh and ready to fire. Now that ranking points for the Ryder Cup are up for grabs on the European Tour, Sullivan will have his mind focussed on next year’s tournament. With that focus, an improving game and a course which should suit his accurate style of golf, Sullivan looks a good bet to win the KLM Open at 33/1 with Coral.
Pepperell Set for Another Surge Up the Leaderboard
When Eddie Pepperell turned up to the Dutch last season he was locked into a battle to save his European Tour card. In the end he was unable to do enough to keep his playing rights through his performances on tour but he won them straight back at Qualifying School. Pepperell’s game has steadily improved since then and while he’s not won this year, he’s certainly come close.
Pepperell showed glimpses of some of his best golf at both the Made In Denmark and the Czech Masters a couple of weeks ago. That will give him the belief that a big performance and possible a first win on the European Tour is just around the corner. He learned a lot about the Dutch last year and can bounce back after missing the cut to challenge the leaders one year on so back him each way at 50/1 with BetVictor.