The European Tour has arrived in the Netherlands for the KLM Open. Daily Fantasy Focus runs the rule over the field to determine who’ll shine in Spijk this week.
This event was the scene of one of the most enthralling Sunday finishes of last season, when Thomas Pieters’ final round 65 saw him snatch victory from Lee Slattery by a single stroke.
Pieters is again one of the favourites after a blistering string of results in August helped him force his way to into the Ryder Cup.
The tournament has moved from Kennemer Golf Club to Colin Montgomerie designed venue The Dutch. Monty’s creation has been drawing rave reviews for its greens, which are expected to be among the fastest on tour.
Similar to The Montgomerie course at Carton House, The Dutch is an inland links with large undulations and fast fairways. Misses are likely to be penalised harshly by sloping run offs that feed into rough that looks reasonably penal. With this in mind, scoring may be higher than we’ve traditionally seen at this event.
High Priced Options
Alex Noren (€21.6m): Following last week’s victory the Swede has two wins, a 2nd and an 8th in six tournaments since the start of July. He goes in as the form player on tour and is rightly one of the favourites this week.
Thomas Pieters (€21.3m): Last year’s KLM Open winner, Pieters is another man in spectacular form. The Dane has reserved his best form for late summer both this year and last and should contend despite the change of venue.
Mid Priced Options
Richard Bland (€16.2m): After posting three consecutive top 30 finishes, Bland upped his game last week to finish tied 5th at the Omega European Masters. The Englishman has missed just two cuts all season, making him one of the most consistent options on tour. He finished 30th last season. He’s also a quality putter who should enjoy these greens.
Eduardo De La Riva (€12.6m): De La Riva is one of the most accurate drivers on tour and accuracy is likely to be more important than distance this week. He finished tied 2nd at this event last year.
Low Priced Options
Renato Paratore (€9.2m): Only a first round 75 kept last week’s pick Renato Paratore from seriously contending for victory. The Italian played the final three rounds in 15 under par on his way to 7th place. He’s worth rolling with again this week.
Oliver Fisher (€9.1m): Fisher finished last week with a 63, moving him up into 12th. That’s the sort of round that can give a player confidence heading into the next week and could see him turn a disappointing season around.