Monty McGinley Showcased at KLM Open


2006 KLM OpenWith many of the top players taking the week off to rest up for the season's final major next week, the field at the KLM Open will be led by European Ryder Cuppers Colin Montgomerie and Paul McGinley.
Last year, Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano helped secure his Rookie of the Year honors as he closed with a 3-under 67 to claim his first European Tour win. Gary Emerson, the third-round leader, could only muster an even-par 70 in the final round to end two back.
The big race is on right now as players battle for the final Ryder Cup positions in Europe and the United States.
Two years ago, McGinley shared second place at this event to help sure up his spot on the victorious 2004 European Ryder Cup squad.
Overseeing those battling for the final Ryder Cup positions is the European captain, Ian Woosnam.
'I am looking forward to playing in Holland again,' he said. 'It is a very important and busy year for me as Ryder Cup Captain and therefore I have to choose the tournaments that I play in very carefully. The KLM Open is on my schedule for a number of reasons, most importantly is to play in tournaments where potential team members are playing is a bonus.'
Also in the field this week is 2003 winner Maarten Lafeber, while Robert Jan- Derksen leads the contingent of Dutchmen in the field.
The Golf Channel has coverage of all four rounds this week beginning Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (ET).
While the best players in the world will be at the PGA Championship in the United States next week, the European Tour will offer the Russian Open at Le Meridien Moscow Golf & Country Club, where Mikael Lundberg was won last year.
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.
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