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KLM Open 2016 Betting Preview

Thongchai Jaidee (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Betfair
David Drysdale (ew)Tournament Winner125/1Bet365
Adrian Otaegui (ew)Tournament Winner110/1Bet365


The KLM Open moves to a new venue this week as it begins a three-year run at The Dutch near Gorinchem. The par 71, 6,981 yard Stadium Course was designed by Colin Montgomerie and makes maximum use of the streams that criss-cross the plot, bringing water into play on almost every hole. Once the players have avoided the water hazards, they will need to get to grips with contoured greens, providing a further test of their positional play. This is the first time that The Dutch has hosted a European Tour event, but it is anticipated that it will be a really stiff test for the pro’s. Thomas Pieters, who won the Made in Denmark event a fortnight ago, is defending champion having won at Kennemer last year, while other previous winners include Paul Casey, Joost Luiten, Martin Kaymer and three-time champion Simon Dyson.


As he celebrates earning a captain’s pick for this month’s Ryder Cup, Pieters is the market leader for this tournament at best odds of 9/1 with Betfred. Last year’s winner is narrowly ahead of Alex Noren, who claimed his sixth European Tour title and his second in eight weeks at the Omega European Masters on Sunday. The Swede is 11/1 with BetVictor as he bids to maintain his impressive sequence of results. Joost Luiten, who won this event in 2013, is available at best odds of 18/1 with Paddy Power, who are offering 7 places for each-way bets, while Byeong Hun An is at 22/1 with BetVictor. Everyone else in the field can be backed at 33/1 or better, meaning there should be some good each-way opportunities.


Thongchai JaideeOnly three players – Pieters, Noren and Chris Wood – in this week’s field are ranked higher on the Race to Dubai than THONGCHAI JAIDEE, who has been in and around the top 20 on the European Tour for the last four years and could yet climb higher than his current position of 16th. The Thai star won the Open de France in July – his 8th European Tour title – and played well at the Olympics and in Switzerland last week.

David DrysdaleDAVID DRYSDALE enjoyed his best result of the season in the Swiss mountains last week, sharing 12th place – the highlight being a brilliant round of 64 on Saturday. With the threat of losing his card for 2017 now lifted, the Scot should be able to play with some confidence at The Dutch, where his consistent accuracy off the tee should be a real advantage. Take a chance on him at 125/1 with Bet365.

Adrian-OtaeguiThis event has not attracted the best of fields and one man who looks capable of taking advantage of the absence of many of the Tour’s leading players is Spain’s ADRIAN OTAEGUI, who was 3rd in Denmark a fortnight ago and 2nd in the Lyoness Open back in June – both events that were notable for having weaker fields. Like Drysdale, Otaegui is in the top 10 for driving accuracy and Bet365 once again offer the best odds of 110/1.

Thongchai Jaidee (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Betfair
David Drysdale (ew)Tournament Winner125/1Bet365
Adrian Otaegui (ew)Tournament Winner110/1Bet365