Euro Tour Stops in the Netherlands


European TourThe European Tour arrives this week in the Netherlands for one of the oldest events in the world, the KLM Open - formally known as the Dutch Open - at the Hilversumsche Golf Course in Hilversum.
And for the second straight year, the event will be lacking star power due to its unfortunately place on the European Tour schedule. Last year, the tournament was held the week after the PGA Championship, while this year it precedes the U.S. Open by a week.
And because of the schedule conflict, many of the tour's top players have already made their way across the pond to Pinehurst, N.C.
Those sticking around include defending champion David Lynn as well as 2005 European Tour winners Paul Broadhurst and Peter Hanson.
Hanson, who won the Open de Espana last month in Spain, currently ranks 13th on the European Tours Order of Merit list, while Broadhurst ranks 19th after his victory at the Open de Portugal.
Also in the mix is the 2003 champion and local fan favorite Maarten Lafeber and fellow countryman Robert-Jan Derksen. Lafeber became the first home winner of the country's premier event in 56 years when he won two years ago, which also happened to be his first-ever victory on the European Tour.
Derksen is also coming off a win as he took home the title of the Madeira Island Open in April.
Germany's Tobias Dier, one of several former champiosn in the field, is back to try and recapture the magic he had while winning the event back in 2002. Dier, from Germany, fired an opening-round 60 en route to his wire-to-wire victory. His first round 60 tied the all-time low scoring record in a round on the European Tour.
First played in 1912, and an official event on the European Tour since 1972, The KLM Open has a total purse of $1,813,436 with $302,236 going to the winner.
Past champions include Bernhard Langer, Seve Ballesteros, Jos Maria Olazabal, the late Payne Stewart, Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood.
The Golf Channel will broadcast all four rounds live beginning Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (ET).
Last year, Lynn came from behind with a 4-under 66 on Sunday to win by three strokes. It was Lynn's first European Tour win.
Related links:
  • TGC Airtimes

  • Full Coverage - The KLM Open