KLM Open Betting Tips & Predictions – Thursday 12th September 2019

The KLM Open keeps the current run of high quality tournaments on the European Tour going this week. As with last week’s Porsche European Open, some big names from the PGA Tour are teeing it up amongst a selection of up and coming talent and household names from the European Tour.

We have a brand new venue this week in the form of The International. Set next to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, The International could provide the most experienced players with a chance to shine as they work out the new venue quicker than their less experienced rivals. Sergio Garcia is as experienced as anybody in the field and could find that his game is well suited to the test ahead so a win could well be on the cards for the Spaniard.

Top Tips

Sergio Garcia @ 16/1

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Course Info

The addition of a new course to the European Tour is always exciting. That happens quite often art the KLM Open which visits many of the very best courses that Holland has to offer. Time will tell whether The International deserves a place alongside The Dutch, Kennemer and Hilversumsche which between them have hosted the last 17 editions of the KLM Open.

A new course does make things that bit tougher for the players (and those looking to have a bet on the tournament). Whilst much will become clear about The International as the tournament progresses we do know that it is a rather unique layout in that it measures just under 7,000 yards and plays to a par of 73. With that short yardage coming on a course with five par fives golf fans should be expecting some low scoring this week.

CourseLocationLengthPrize Money
The International Amsterdam, The Netherlands 6,966 Yards €2,000,000

Recent Winners

An event which changes host venue regularly will always produce different winners but it’s interesting to note the number of established European Tour stars who have played well at recent editions of the KLM Open. Joost Luiten, Thomas Pieters, Paul Casey and Wu Ashun were all European Tour winners before landing this title. They pipped other players with bags of experience to the title so Romain Wattel’s 2017 win stands out a little as it was his first European Tour title and he largely beat others looking to break their duck.

YearWinnerCourseTo ParWinning Margin
2018 Wu Ashun The Dutch -16 1 Stroke
2017 Romain Wattel The Dutch -15 1 Stroke
2016 Joost Luiten The Dutch -19 3 Strokes
2015 Thomas Pieters Kennemer -19 1 Stroke
2014 Paul Casey Kennemer -14 1 Stroke

Analysis: Technique and Accuraccy to be Key

As stated above, this is the first edition of the KLM Open at The International which makes it tough to profile a winner. The two senior Dutch Opens which were held at this venue were badly affected by the weather so it’s unlikely to be quite as tough for those in the field this week, especially as there’s little wind in the forecast.

The nature of this course suggests that accuracy off the tee and into the greens is going to be keen. Distance is clearly not the number one defence so it’s what players do with their approach shots and on the greens that will have most impact. With that said, the five par fives give longer hitters a chance to boost their scores by picking up birdies and eagles.

Garcia to Give Dubai Hopes a Chance

2019 has not been a vintage year for Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard has made headlines for the wrong reasons with his behaviour on the golf course at times whilst results have not been where he would have hoped at the start of the season. Garcia still has the chance to end on a high though with the huge upcoming tournaments and the culmination of the Race to Dubai.

Garcia’s best performances this year have come at courses which allow him to make the most of his iron play brilliance. He is one of the greatest ball strikers of his generation and should be able to find the right part of the fairways off the tee at The International before following up with world class approach shots. If his putter behaves, Garcia can add a 16th European Tour title to his resume at 16/1 with bet365.

Donaldson Can Continue Working His Way Back Up the Rankings

Jamie Donaldson famously hit the shot that won the 2014 Ryder Cup for Europe. That was just one of a number of highlights for the Welshman but he has found life on the golf course much tougher in recent years. Donaldson headed into the Scottish Open well outside of the world’s top 1,000 players having reached a career high ranking of 23.

Thankfully for his many fans, Donaldson has started to right the ship. He almost halved his world ranking by finishing in the top 10 at Scotland and has since followed that up with a fifth place finish at the Scandinavian Invitation. Following another good display of ball striking and all round play in Crans Montana, Donaldson is feeling good about his game and could have what it takes to contend for the KLM Open at 80/1 with BetVictor.

Final Verdict: Sergio Garcia to Win

Sergio Garcia and Jamie Donaldson were teammates in the 2014 Ryder Cup and both have amassed a huge amount of experience all around the world during their careers. They’ll need to lean into that experience as the tackle The International for the first time but both will be expecting to be in contention come Sunday. Garcia gets the nod for a straight win bet at 16/1 with bet365 whilst there’s plenty of juice in Donaldson’s price of 80/1 for each way punters.

About

The KLM Open, formerly the Dutch Open, is another tournament that has been there every year since the European Tour formed in 1972. In fact, the tournament has actually been running much longer that, with the first being played in 1912, making it one of the oldest events on tour.

The tournament has seen many sponsors over the years, but for a long time was simply called the Dutch Open, which a lot of players still refer to it as today. It's also been able to host a number of courses throughout Holland, which has been great for fans as it's the only European Tour stop in the country at the minute.

The current host is The International in Amsterdam but others have included The Dutch Golf Club in Spijk, Royal Haagshce Golf and Country Club, Hilversumsche Golf club and Kennemer Golf and Country Club, to name but a few.

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