Dier Hoping for Double Dutch


European TourAfter a week off due to the WGC-American Express Championship, the regular European Tour gets back on track at the Dutch Open (Thurs. - 9:30AM ET on The Golf Channel) as the tour hits the final stages of the 2003 season.
Germanys Tobias Dier returns in hopes of trying to recapture the magic he possessed last year in winning the event on the strength of his opening-round 60. His wire-to-wire victory was his second victory on the European Tour and his 10-under-par 60 round was the tenth such score in the tour's history.
One of the oldest events on the schedule, the Dutch Open's purse of $1,163,000 will be up for grabs, as many of the big names will not return in time from the WGC-American Express.
Currently 74th in the world, England's Brian Davis is the highest ranked player set to tee it up, along with other 2003 winners Arjun Atwal, Robert-Jan Derksen, Bradley Dredge, Kenneth Ferrie, Darren Fichardt, Mark Foster, Sren Kjeldsen and Brett Rumford.
Several older veterans will also be on hand as Ian Woosnam, Constantino Rocco and Miguel Angel Jimenez try to withstand a slew of new, young talent that is coming up through the ranks on the European Tour.
One of that new crop, Nick Dougherty ranks 53rd on the Order of Merit (European Tour money list), and had a second place finish at the Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters in early August.
The 2002 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year on the European Tour, the 21-year-old Dougherty has three top-20 performances this season.
Past champions of this event include Bernhard Langer, Seve Ballesteros, Jos Maria Olazbal, Payne Stewart, Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood.
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