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PGA European - KLM Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, September 8th through Sunday, September 11th
SITE: Hilversumsche Golf Club, Hilversum, Netherlands
COURSE ARCHITECT: August Biberstedt
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,906
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 469 Yds10 - Par 3 223 Yds
2 - Par 4 343 Yds11 - Par 4 478 Yds
3 - Par 4 413 Yds12 - Par 5 484 Yds
4 - Par 4 482 Yds13 - Par 3 185 Yds
5 - Par 3 125 Yds14 - Par 4 438 Yds
6 - Par 4 476 Yds15 - Par 3 210 Yds
7 - Par 4 416 Yds16 - Par 4 475 Yds
8 - Par 4 389 Yds17 - Par 4 350 Yds
9 - Par 4 451 Yds18 - Par 5 499 Yds
35 3,564 Yds35 3,342 Yds
Annual:  92nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 7-11 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Martin Kaymer
Runner-Up:  Christian Nilsson, Fabrizio Zanotti
Tournament Record:  263 (Tobias Dier, 2002)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Tobias Dier, 2002)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Tobias Dier, 2002)
Course Record:  60 (Tobias Dier, 2002)
Total Purse:  $2,516,688 (1,800,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $419,448; 2nd Place - $279,632; 3rd Place - $157,556
2010 Finish
Martin Kaymer266Gonzalo Fdez-Castano271
Christian Nilsson270David Horsey271
Fabrizio Zanotti270Nicolas Colsaerts272
Jose Manuel Lara271Francesco Molinari272
Louis Oosthuizen271Felipe Aguilar272
Past KLM Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Martin Kaymer (266) -- Christian Nilsson, Fabrizio Zanotti
2009*Simon Dyson (265) -- Peter Lawrie, Peter Hedblom
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
Martin Kaymer---------------------T-55---Won
Fabrizio Zanotti---------------------T-45T-15T-2
Christian Nilsson---------------T-53------mcT-2
G. Fdez-Castano------------Wonmcmc------T-4
Louis Oosthuizen------------T-32---mc------T-4
Chris Wood---------------------mcT-55T-11
Ross Fisher---------T-52---T-47WonT-20---T-11
Todd Hamilton---------------------------T-11
Christian CevaerT-40---T-18---mc4thT-52mcT-44T-17
Markus Brier---T-42T-18T-18T-4T-7T-8mcT-23T-22
Damien McGrane---------T-43T-93rdmcT-204thT-26
Peter Lawrie------mcT-28T-476th---mcT-2T-34
David LynnmcT-23T-18WonT-9T-7T-12T-12T-26T-34
Simon Dyson---mcT-15T-60---WonT-27T-12Wonmc
Maarten LafebermcT-31WonmcT-4mcT-37mcmcmc
Anders HansenT-4T-42mcT-4346thT-7---T-12---mc
Edoardo Molinari---------------T-63---T-32------
Lee WestwoodmcT-71------------------------
Rory McIlroy------------------------------
Jose M. Olazabal------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Martin Kaymer
Darkhorse - Alejandro Canizares
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lee Westwood) - Finished tied for 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Stephen Gallacher) - Finished tied for 18th
The European Tour travels to the Netherlands this week for the KLM Open. Three of the top-four players in the world are in the field - Lee Westwood (2), defending champion Martin Kaymer (3) and U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy (4). Kaymer finished second last week at the Omega European Masters, while McIlroy tied for third and Westwood tied for sixth.

Last year, in his first start since winning the PGA Championship the previous month, Kaymer captured the title with a steady four-under 66 in the final round. Making just four bogeys in 72 holes, Kaymer finished with a 14-under 266 on the Hilversumsche course to earn his seventh career title and third of 2010. He never made more than one bogey in any round.

In 2009, Simon Dyson birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Peter Lawrie and Peter Hedblom. Dyson rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to knock off the other players, claiming his second win at this event. Dyson, who began the round tied for 12th place, fired a seven-under 63 to finish at 15-under 265. He also won the tournament in 2006.

Darren Clarke ran off three straight birdies from the 10th in 2008 en route to a four-under 66 in the final round, which helped him to a four-stroke win over Paul McGinley. 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.

In 2007, Ross Fisher won with a birdie on the last hole to claim his first European Tour title. In 2006, Dyson birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Richard Green.

Spanish rookie Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano posted a three-under 67 in the final round of the 2005 event to come from behind and earn his first European Tour victory. He finished at 11-under-par 269 and won by two shots 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 tournament, 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), the late Payne Stewart (1991), Clarke (2008) and Kaymer (2010), 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 tournament. Since 1972, there have been only five playoffs, with two of them involving eventual winner Langer and two of them involving eventual winner Dyson. Olazabal defeated Ronan Rafferty in 1989 on the ninth playoff hole, the longest in European Tour history.

Next week, the European Tour heads to France for the Vivendi Seve Trophy in Paris, where Great Britain & Ireland will defend the trophy against Continental Europe.

09/06 17:04:00 ET

As of September 6, 2011, at 05:04 PM ET