Kristoffer Broberg -23
Matthias Schmid -20
Alejandro Cañizares -18
Thomas Detry -15
Darius Van Driel -15
Richard Mansell -14
Ricardo Santos -14
Johannes Veerman -14
Justin Harding -13
Jazz Janewattananond -13
Thomas Pieters -13
Firstly congratulations to Sergio Garcia, Shane Lowry and Ian Poulter on their Captains picks for the European Ryder Cup team. The European Tour now moves to Holland for the Dutch Open and pitches up at a new venue in Cromvoirt in the North Brabant province.
The venue changed hands from Dutch entrepreneur Sander van Gelder to Robert van der Wallen in 2016 who commissioned one of my favourite golf course designers in Hal Phillips click here for interview He is an designer whose expertise lies in striking a balance between what the players want, and what nature needs. Kyle Phillips has produced some of the most beautiful and interesting courses around the world, which are well known for their visual appeal as well as their sustainability credentials.
After purchasing some additional land and to accelerate the ageing process, many acres of native heather were transplanted to fringe tee boxes and around green sites giving the course a Surrey heathland feel. Water comes into play at several holes, most notably on the front nine where a couple of lakes feature at the 2nd, 7th and 8th holes and a deep, wide ditch starts at the 17th and meanders along the 18th then cuts across the fairway in front of the green.
Bunkers are the most visual element of the Phillips design, both at the edge of fairways and around the greens, with large, ragged-edged sand traps helping to protect the wonderfully contoured putting surfaces. While the bunkers and fescue are aesthetically pleasing, the steep-faced traps are real hazards and players will have to play strategically to avoid them at all cost as bogey or doubles could quickly put paid to any chance of challenging come Sunday.
I think this is the week we find out if Thomas Pieters 12/1 with MansionBet is really coming back into form or was his final round 66 at the BMW PGA Championship was just a flickering light from a player that at one point looked like he would challenge for Major Championships and forced his way onto a Ryder Cup team. Thomas is a past champion of this event and has two other Top 25 finishes from his four starts.
It is hard to think of a Dutch Open without Joost Luiten 30/1 with BetFred challenging for the title come Sunday. Joost started and ended the BMW PGA Championship well bookending the event with a pair of 68s, which has been the story of his season with seven Top 25 finishes from his eighteen starts, but only two have been Top 10 finishes. Luiten has won this event twice and also has a runner-up and three other Top 10 finishes and I expect him to be challenging again.
We did tip Santiago Tarrio 33/1 with UniBet earlier in the year at better odds than these for his third place finish at the Hero Open, but the lad from Touro, Spain has been playing some wonderful golf on the Challenge Tour winning twice and has seven Top 6 finishes from his seventeen starts this year and comes into this week on the back of a runner-up finish at the Big Green Egg German Challenge and will come bouncing into this week full of confidence.
In recent years the only real home grown challenger for the Dutch Open title has been Joost Luiten who is one of our picks to win this week, but Wil Besseling 35/1 with BetFred has started to show some form over the last two years especially last years wraparound season where he had three third place finishes two of which came after lockdown. Wil hasnt shown quite that form so far this year with only one Top 5 finish, but does have five other Top 20 finishes and hopefully he can tap into the energy of his home support.
It was a bad weekend at the BMW PGA Championship for Daniel Van Tonder 45/1 with SportingBet missing the cut and firing a second round 79 will probably be a big wake up call for the South African who has been played some good golf and had his maiden win on the European Tour and two runner-up finishes on the Sunshine tour one a co-sanctioned event with the European Tour earlier in the year. Daniel has been playing some solid golf, but that missed cut maybe the incentive he needs to kick on starting this week.
It was good to see Joakim Lagergren 80/1 with UniBet back to playing some good golf again at the BMW PGA Championship, his final round 73 after his third round 66 did see him slide out of the Top 10. Joakim finished last season with three Top 10 from his last seven starts and two of those were Top 5s, he also has two Top 10 finishes in this event on two different courses and with his game seeming to peak late season and finishing well in previous Dutch Opens, these could prove to be very good odds.
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