KLM Open

The KLM Open will be hosted at the International, Amsterdam, Netherlands. We've only seen this course once on the rota with the Ian Woosnam designed track holding the 2019 renewal of the KLM Open.

The course has a links feel to it no doubt, and I guess it played out in the results with links specialist Sergio Garcia winning the event and a handful of others in the top 10 who have had good results on these courses in the past.

A few players were missing stats in the event back in 2019 but the top four in the tee to green stat for the week all made the top seven.

There were some risk rewards holes towards the end and Nicolai Hojgaard nearly burst onto the scene with a victory straight away giving the Spaniard a huge scare over the closing holes. 

KLM Open Tips

 

Matt Walace at 20/1

My top selection goes the way of Matt Wallace who I undoubtedly think should be favourite here this week. The Englishman is granted a huge drop in class here this week in Amsterdam and he should be able to grab the opportunity with both hands.

The last time Wallace played on this tour was back in November where he finished runner up in the DPWT Championship alongside Hovland and Fleetwood. Prior to that he was 15th at the Nedbank, 9th in Qatar, 6th at the Dunhill Links and last August he finished runner up at the Czech Masters.

Trips back to this tour are by and large very successful for Wallace and he has even less to beat than when he nearly won in Prague last year. His form on the PGA Tour has been solid finishing 4th in the Byron Nelson in early May then 20th at Myrtle Beach.

43rd at the PGA Championship ad 27th in Canada are signs Wallace's game is in more than good enough nick to win here in Amsterdam this week. Wallace is a workhorse who takes nothing for granted and certainly won't sniff at a victory here despite winning plenty of more dollars across the water of late.

I am very surprised he is not strong jolly here as I thought he'd be closer to 12/1 and a clear 4pts+ shorter than anyone else in the field. We'll take our chances here and have a strong bet.

4pts WIN M.Wallace  20/1  BetVictor, Betfred

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Matthias Schmid at 66/1 (Six Places)

Matthias Schmid has shown plenty of promise in his young career to date and it wouldn't surprise me should a win on the DPWT be just around the corner.

With a signature event taking place this week on the PGA Tour, Schmid takes his chance in the KLM Open where he should be suited by a return to a track such as this, as well as a drop in grade.

It has been a barren run of late with four missed cuts on the PGA Tour but through March and April he landed a top in Puerto Rico as well as top 20s at the Valspar Championship and Houston Open. He is used to a much stronger field than what presents itself this week and those dropping down from the PGA Tour warrant close inspection.

Schmid is a former low amateur at the Open Championship back in 2021 and has two European Amateur victories to his name in Austria.

This field doesn't have a Sergio Garcia name this time around but Schmid already has a links history with that Silver Medal and at more than double the price of the favourite McKibbin looks the much better punting proposition.

1pt each-way M.Schmid  66/1 (1/5 6) Sky Bet

Luke List at 33/1 (Six Places)

Another making the trip across the water who must be respected is Luke List. The last time he stepped out in a DPWT event was back in 2018 at the Scottish Open where he finished 3rd.

He wasn't exactly pulling up trees in the run into the event having missed his previous two cuts. This time around he arrives having missed his last three but I can't help but feel he has a huge chance of outclassing those around him in the market.

The worry is that his standard prolific ball striking hasn't quite been there this last month and he'd need somewhat of a return to form with the driver to compete here. We know he faces putting problems regularly but a trip to these parts and slower greens may just help him.

He hits the ball a mile which help around here with the par 5s all within reach. In February we saw him finish 2nd at Riviera behind Hideki Matsuyama and at that stage he went sub 100/1 for the Masters.

With the greatest respect to McKibbin, Wiesberger and co, they won't scare Luke List should he be in contention over the weekend and I'm happy to take a punt on this being a successful trip to Amsterdam. 

1.5pts each-way L.List  33/1  (1/5 6) Sky Bet

Tom Vaillant at 125/1 (Six Places)

Tom Vaillant has had a reasonable maiden season to this point on the DPWT and one of the better performers from tee to green of late can go well at the International track this week.

The Frenchman doesn't stand out in any particular department, but he plays reasonably well through the bag and he may just have learned a lot about himself in recent weeks.

Vaillant was lying 4th after three rounds of the European Open last time out and in with a great chance of his first victory, but plummeted to 18th after a final round 78.

He failed to land a blow on the final day in China early last month also when lying 3rd heading into the final day eventually finishing 7th. He is giving himself chances though and has been inside the top 20 at the end of 9 of his last 15 rounds on tour. Mathieu Pavon is flying the flag for France of late across the water and that pride may ripple to his fellow countrymen.

This course should suit and the talented youngster can continue his fair run of form in this sphere. 

0.75pt each-way T.Vaillant  125/1  (1/5 6) Sky Bet

Andrea Pavan endured a torrid time on the tour from 2020-2022 only making a handful of cuts in that period but a return to the Challenge Tour in 2023 saw him recapture some of his old form and steer his career back onto the straight and narrow.

A win at the Czech Challenge and numerous other solid finishes ensured a card for this year and with four top 20s he has had a solid but unspectacular season to here.

Six of his last eleven rounds on tour have been in the 60s and he has been threatening something quite decent of late. He did everything but finish the job at the US Open qualifying at Walton Heath last month when one over par over the last four holes would have gotten him a place at Pinehurst.

He played the final four in two over which will have been a huge disappointment to the Italian. He bounced back however making his next two cuts and a win at the Albatross course in Prague may well be relevant at the end of the week when looking at correlating form.

He's going quite well of late and anything of 100/1 or more is worthy of a small wager.

0.75pt each-way A.Pavan  175/1  (1/5 6) Sky Bet