With a number of top players on the European Tour sitting out ahead of bigger events later this month, the field for the KLM Open has plenty of possibilities. It’s also hard to single out any one player when the field breaks in a new course. The KLM Open has been part of the Euro circuit since 1972, but it will play at The International in Amsterdam for the first time. Does anyone have an advantage? It’s hard to say since a number of players are pegging it up for the first time on this layout. Patrick Reed opened as the betting favorite at top offshore sportsbooks and he’s featured in several tournament matchups. Check the odds for those below and visit BookMaker.eu when you’re ready to make a wager.
KLM Open Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Gavin Green -135 vs. Mikko Korhonen +105
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano -120 vs. Grant Forrest -110
Louis De Jager +100 vs. Nicolas Colsaerts -130
Padraig Harrington -155 vs. Zander Lombard +135
Romain Langasque -125 vs. Sebastian Soderberg +105
Martin Kaymer -120 vs. Thomas Detry +100
Lee Westwood -125 vs. Thomas Detry -105
Andres Romero -110 vs. Ashun Wu -110
Joost Luiten -105 vs. Matt Wallace -115
Patrick Reed -155 vs. Sergio Garcia +135
Thomas Pieters -105 vs. Sergio Garcia -115
Joost Luiten -115 vs. Mike Lorenzo-Vera -115
Fabrizio Zanotti -115 vs.Chris Wood -105
Sam Horsfield -115 vs. Troy Merritt -105
Antoine Rozner -125 vs. Brandon Stone -105
Jack Singh Brar -135 vs. John Catlin +105
Rikard Karlberg +120 vs. Chris Paisley -150
Richie Ramsay -135 vs. Soren Kjeldsen +105
Sean Crocker -110 vs. Matthew Southgate -110
Bernd Ritthammer -110 vs. Joakim Lagergren -120
Maximilian Kieffer +105 vs. Niklas Lemke -135
Jorge Campillo -125 vs. Haydn Porteous +105
Scott Jamieson -115 vs. Jeff Winther -105
Bradley Dredge +105 vs. Kurt Kitayama -125
Matt Wallace -115 vs. Mike Lorenzo-Vera -105
Paul Dunne -125 vs. Scott Hend -105
Jaco Van Zyl -105 vs. David Horsey -115
Patrick Reed -160 vs. Thomas Pieters +140
Ashley Chesters -110 vs. Sihwan Kim -110
Martin Kaymer -125 vs. Lee Westwood -105
Victor Perez -135 vs. Romain Wattel +115
Lee Slattery -135 vs. Jamie Donaldson +115
Lorenzo Gagli +105 vs. Matthieu Pavon -135
Nino Bertasio -135 vs. Oliver Fisher +105
Need to Know
The tournament has a transient history bouncing from venue to venue. The previous three editions took place at The Dutch with Kennemer Golf and Country Club hosting prior to that. We also had stops at Hilversumsche and Noordwijk. Now it’s the 6,966-yard, par-73 The International, which we don’t know a lot about. And of course a new course presents new challenges to the field. It’s not a particularly long course but each hole is vastly different making it tough to gauge. Players will be penalized for missing the fairway so keeping the ball down the pipe is imperative for a good finish. The greens are large and fast, however getting there is where this tournament will be won.
KLM Open Matchup Picks
Martin Kaymer -120 vs. Thomas Detry
One of the few big names in the field, Kaymer is looking for a return to past glory and he just might find it after taking some needed time off to “recharge the batteries.” Kaymer hasn’t teed it up since a T20 at the Scottish Open in July, but he feels confident his game will return quickly. The former world No. 1 has 11 career Euro Tour wins, including the hardware at this event in 2010, and he’s had a solid season with one MC in nine starts.
Joost Luiten -105 vs. Matt Wallace
Wallace is the highest-ranked Euro Tour regular in the field, but he hasn’t been seen much lately. Due to his inactivity and this being a home event for Luitien, I’m going with the homie in this matchup. Luiten has enjoyed plenty of success at his home Open with wins at The Dutch in 2016 and at Kennemer in 2013 to go along with three other top-6 showings. And he’s likely more familiar with the layout than anyone in the field giving him the edge.
Sam Horsfield -115 vs. Troy Merritt
With this being the first event at The International there is little in terms of course history available. So taking a peek at recent form leads us to Horsfield, who finished T3 last month in Prague and followed with a top-10 at the Scandinavian Invite. A first round 75 last week put him off the pace, but Horsfield respond to finish 5-under with a share of 14th.
Thomas Pieters -105 vs. Sergio Garcia
Entering on a run of good form, Pieters is not only a contender for the individual title he’s a solid pick in this matchup. He toppled the field at the Czech Masters a few weeks back and followed that with a T12 in Switzerland, easily his best effort at Crans. A T20 last week at Green Eagle wasn’t bad, but Pieters is primed for more. He won this event in 2015 and hasn’t played since. Garcia has been all over the place and I have zero confidence in his game right now, so I’m sticking with the proven commodity.
Romain Wattel +115 vs. Victor Perez
I noticed there were no plus-odds picks on my matchups, so in an attempt to make up a few bucks on the line I scoured the odds to see where I could do that. I kept coming back to Wattel, who scorched Green Eagle to a 13-under over the final 36 holes last week to finish solo sixth. It’s a stretch for a guy who missed the cut in his previous two starts, but when he’s on he’s pretty damn good. And I’m betting on the Frenchman being on his game.
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