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PGA European - KLM Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, August 20th through Sunday, August 23rd
SITE: Kennemer Golf and Country Club, Zandvoort, Netherlands
COURSE ARCHITECT: Harry Colt (1927)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,626
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 434 Yds10 - Par 4 447 Yds
2 - Par 5 570 Yds11 - Par 3 158 Yds
3 - Par 3 148 Yds12 - Par 5 525 Yds
4 - Par 4 399 Yds13 - Par 4 374 Yds
5 - Par 4 419 Yds14 - Par 4 384 Yds
6 - Par 4 363 Yds15 - Par 3 163 Yds
7 - Par 5 562 Yds16 - Par 4 473 Yds
8 - Par 3 222 Yds17 - Par 3 170 Yds
9 - Par 4 418 Yds18 - Par 4 397 Yds
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36 3,535 Yds34 3,091 Yds
 
Annual:  90th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday -- 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (et),
  Friday/Saturday -- 7-9 a.m. (et),
  Sunday -- 6-8 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Darren Clarke
Runner-Up:  Paul McGinley
Tournament Record:  263 (Tobias Dier, 2002)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Tobias Dier, 2002)
35-Hole Record:  127 (Tobias Dier, 2002)
18-Hole Record:  60 (Tobias Dier, 2002 -- Hilversumsche Golf Club)
Course Record:  62 (Richard Green, 2006)
Total Purse:  $2,534,002
Shares:  1st Place - $422,159; 2nd Place - $281,439; 3rd Place - $158,563
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Darren Clarke264Soren Hansen272
Paul McGinley268Ross McGowan272
Henrik Stenson269Michael Campbell273
Marc Warren271Gary Orr273
Lee Slattery271Anthony Wall273
Gregory Bourdy273
 
Past KLM Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Darren Clarke (264) -- Paul McGinley
2007Ross Fisher (268) -- Joost Luiten
2006*Simon Dyson (270) -- Richard Green
2005Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (269) -- Gary Emerson
2004David Lynn (264) -- Paul McGinley, Richard Green
2003Maarten Lafeber (267) -- Soren Hansen, Mathias Gronberg
2002Tobias Dier (263) -- Jamie Spence
2001*Bernhard Langer (269) -- Warren Bennett
2000Stephen Leaney (269) -- Bernhard Langer
1999Lee Westwood (269) -- Gary Orr
1998Stephen Leaney (266) -- Darren Clarke
1997Sven Struver (266) -- Russell Claydon
1996Mark McNulty (266) -- Scott Hoch
1995Scott Hoch (269) -- Sam Torrance, Michael Jonzon
1994Miguel Angel Jimenez (270) -- Howard Clark
1993Colin Montgomerie (281) -- Jose Coceres, Jean Van de Velde
1992*Bernhard Langer (277) -- Gordon Brand Jr
1991Payne Stewart (267) -- Per-Ulrik Johansson, Bernhard Langer
1990Stephen McAllister (274) -- Roger Chapman
1989*Jose Maria Olazabal (277) -- Roger Chapman, Ronan Rafferty
1988Mark Mouland (274) -- Des Smyth
1987Gordon Brand, Jr. (272) -- David A. Russell
1986Seve Ballesteros (271) -- Jose Rivero
1985Graham Marsh (282) -- Bernhard Langer
1984Bernhard Langer (275) -- Graham Marsh
1983Ken Brown (274) -- Jose Maria Canizares, Vaughan Somers
1982Paul Way (276) -- David Feherty, Vicente Fernandez
1981Harold Henning (280) -- Ray Floyd, Nick Price
1980Seve Ballesteros (280) -- Sandy Lyle
1979Graham Marsh (285) -- Malcolm Gregson, Antonio Garrido
1978Bob Byman (214) -- Nick Price
1977Bob Byman (278) -- Hugh Baiocchi
1976Seve Ballesteros (275) -- Howard Clark
1975Hugh Baiocchi (279) -- Simon Hobday, P.Hayes
1974Brian Barnes (211) -- Peter Oosterhuis, Simon Owen, Eddie Polland
1973Doug McClelland (279) -- Peter Oosterhuis
1972Jack Newton (277) -- Peter Oosterhuis, Malcolm Gregson
1971R.Sota (277)
1970Vicente Fernandez (279)
1969Guy Wolstenholme (277)
1968J.Cockin (292)
1967P.Townsend (282)
1966R.Sota (276)
1965A.Miguel (278)
1964Sewsunker Sewgolum (275)
1963R.Waltman (279)
1962B.Huggett (274)
1961B.Wilkes (279)
1960Sewsunker Sewgolum (280)
1959Sewsunker Sewgolum (283)
1958D.Thomas (277)
1957J.Jacobs (284)
1956A.Cerda (277)
1955A.Angelini (280)
1954U.Grappasonni (295)
1953Flory van Donck (286)
1952C.Denny (284)
1951Flory van Donck (281)
1950Roberto de Vicenzo (269)
1949J.Adams (294)
1948C.Denny (290)
1947Joop Ruhl (290)
1946Flory van Donck (290)
1945Not Held
1944Not Held
1943Not Held
1942Not Held
1941Not Held
1940Not Held
1939Bobby Locke (281)
1938A.Padgham (281)
1937Flory van Donck (286)
1936Flory van Donck (285)
1935Sid Brews (275)
1934Sid Brews (286)
1933M.Dallemagne (143)
1932A.Boyer (137)
1931F.Dyer (145)
1930J.Oosterveer (152)
1929J.J. Taylor (153)
1928E.Whitcombe (141)
1927Percy Boomer (147)
1926Aubrey Boomer (151)
1925Aubrey Boomer (144)
1924Aubrey Boomer (138)
1923H.Burrows (153)
1922G.Pannell (160)
1921H.Burrows (151)
1920H.Burrows (155)
1919D.Oosterveer (158)
1918F.Gevers (159)
1917J.Oosterveer (160)
1916Major C.H. Bryce (152)
1915G.M. del Court Van Krimpen (152)
1914Not Held
1913Not Held
1912G.Pannell (162)

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called KLM Dutch Open (1981-90), Heineken Dutch Open (1991-95),
Sun Microsystems Dutch Open (1996-97), TNT Dutch Open (1998-2002), Dutch Open (2003). Prior to 1934 only 36 holes.

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200020012002200320042005200620072008
Darren ClarkeT-17T-56------------------Won
Paul McGinleymcT-40mcmcT-2---T-22---2nd
Lee Slattery---------------mcT-14T-27T-4
Marc Warren------------------wdmcT-4
Alexander Noren---------------------T-3T-12
David LynnmcmcT-23T-18WonT-9T-7T-12T-12
Simon DysonT-33---mcT-15T-60---WonT-27T-12
Damien McGrane------------T-43T-93rdmcT-20
Alastair ForsythT-44T-45T-6T-6mcT-21T-27T-3T-34
Jean-Bapt. Gonnet---------------------T-8T-34
Simon Khan------mcmcT-43------T-12T-40
Thomas Levet---------------------T-3T-67
Joost Luiten---------------mcmc2ndmc
Markus Brier------T-42T-18T-18T-4T-7T-8mc
Maarten LafebermcmcT-31WonmcT-4mcT-37mc
Christian Cevaer---T-40---T-18---mc4thT-52mc
Robert-Jan Derksen------mcmcT-28T-32T-47mcmc
Barry Lane---T-4---T-50---mcT-53mcmc
Tadd Fujikawa------------------------mc
Chris Wood------------------------mc
Pelle Edberg---------------T-75------wd
Richard Greenmc---------T-2---2nd------
Colin Montgomerie------------------T-14------
Stephen LeaneyWonT-9T-48------------------
Jose M. Olazabal---------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Oskar Henningsson
Darkhorse - Lee Slattery
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (T.Woods, R.Goosen, A.Kim) - 2nd, T-51, T-51
Last Week's Darkhorse (S.Ames, W.Austin, J.Senden) - T-24, T-36, MC
 
NOTES:
The European Tour travels to the Netherlands this week for the KLM Open. Only three of the top-100 players in the world are in the field - Chris Wood (58), Thomas Levet (85) and Richard Green (95). All three players made the cut last week at the PGA Championship - Wood (T-76), Levet (T-51), Green (T-60).

Last year, Darren Clarke ran off three straight birdies from the 10th en route to a four-under 66 in the final round, which helped him to a four-stroke win over Paul McGinley at the KLM Open. Clarke completed the tournament at 16-under-par 264. He was one stroke off Tobias Dier's tournament record of 263. It was Clarke's second win of 2008 and 12th of his European Tour career.

In 2007, Ross Fisher won the KLM Open with a birdie on the last hole to claim his first European Tour title. In 2006, Simon Dyson birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Green and win the KLM Open. Dyson closed with a five-under 66, while Green posted a six-under 65 in the final round as they finished at 14-under-par 270. Green, who made the cut on the number, closed with rounds of 62-65, but he was unable to come back and win.

In 2005, Spanish rookie Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano posted a three-under 67 in the final round to come from behind and earn his first European Tour victory at the KLM Open. He finished at 11-under-par 269 and won by two shots at Hilversumsche Golf Club over Gary Emerson.

In 2003, Maarten Lafeber became the first home winner of this storied championship in 56 years, when he outdueled Soren Hansen and Mathias Gronberg down the stretch to capture his first career European Tour title. With the win, Lafeber became the third Dutch player to win on the European Tour and the first home player to capture the Dutch Open since Joop Ruhl in 1947.

Records galore were set at the 2002 staging of this event, as Tobias Dier won for the second time in his career. Dier started with a course record of 60, shot 67 in round two for an event record of 127, carded 67 on Saturday for a 54-hole record of 194 and completed the event with a 69 for a new 72-hole mark of 263.

When Bernhard Langer won in 2001, history was made as he won this event for the third time, all in different decades. Langer, who won the tournament in 1984 and again in 1992, defeated Warren Bennett on the first playoff hole for his first title in four years.

This tournament is one of the oldest in continental Europe, dating back to the inaugural event in 1912 at The Hague. Among the early winners were South Africa's Bobby Locke and Argentina's Roberto de Vicenzo, both major champions. More recently, Seve Ballesteros (1976, 1980 and 1986), Langer, Jose Maria Olazabal (1989) and the late Payne Stewart (1991), all winners of major championships, have won this prestigious title. Bob Byman was the last player to win this event in back-to-back years when he titled in 1977-78. Stewart's win in 1991 was by nine shots, the largest margin of victory in the history of the event. Since 1972, there have been only four playoffs, with two of them involving eventual winner Langer. Olazabal defeated Ronan Rafferty in 1989 on the ninth playoff hole, the longest in European Tour history.

Next week, the European Tour heads to Scotland for the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, where Gregory Havret captured last year's event.

08/18 15:30:42 ET

As of August 18, 2009, at 03:30 PM ET

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