KLM Open: golf betting guide

This week, the European Tour heads to Holland for the KLM Open at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club in Zandvoort.

The KLM Open has enjoyed a resurgence over the past couple of years, and the strength of field this time around bears testament to that.

The likes of Ross Fisher, Simon Dyson, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Matteo Manassero, Nicolas Colsaerts, Padraig Harrington and Thorbjorn Olesen are all in the field this week.

The golf course, a four-time KLM Open host situated on the Dutch coast, is a 6626-yard Harry Colt design. It isn’t the longest track on tour, but the undulating fairways and strong winds sweeping in from the Atlantic should offset its relative lack of length.

Peter Hanson won the tournament at Hilversumche GC last year, but a recurring back injury has left his unable to return and defend his title.

Ross Fisher, Simon Dyson and Joost Luiten are the 16/1 favourites this week, but with such a strong field, it’d be tempted to look elsewhere.

I’m convinced that Brooks Koepka, at 25/1 with Ladbrokes, will claim a maiden European Tour title sooner rather than later. He finished seventh last week at the Omega European Masters and attracted plaudits from Phil Mickelson at The Open for his wind play and ability to shape the ball – skills which could be vital this week.

Shane Lowry
, at 25/1 with Ladbrokes, looks a solid bet this week. The Irishman finished 10th in his last outing at the Johnnie Walker Championship, where he ranked 14th in driving accuracy and 7th in putts per round.

Alejandro Canizares, at 66/1 with Ladbrokes, looked back to his best last week at the European Masters. He’s one of the straightest hitters on tour, he has good course form at Kennemer and he ranked 6th in putts per round in Switzerland.

Tom Lewis, at 80/1 with Ladbrokes, seems to be turning a corner. He finished 15th last week – his best result in a full-field European Tour event since the 2012 Sicilian Open – and he’s proved in the past (2011 Open) he’s a proficient exponent of links golf.

Richard Finch
, at 150/1 with Ladbrokes, is well worthy of an each-way bet this week. He played some fine golf in the first two rounds of the Omega European Masters en route to a 26th place finish – his third top 26 in four starts.

KLM Open advised bets:

3pts each way on Brooks Koepka at 25/1 with Ladbrokes
2pts each way on Shane Lowry at 25/1 with Ladbrokes
2pts each way on Alejandro Canizares at 66/1 with Ladbrokes
2pts each way on Tom Lewis at 80/1 with Ladbrokes
1pts each way on Richard Finch at 150/1 with Ladbrokes