European Golf Tour
PGA European - KLM Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, September 12th through Sunday, September 15th
SITE: Kennemer Golf & Country Club, Zandvoort, The Netherlands
COURSE ARCHITECT: Harry Colt (1927), Frank Pennink (1980s - redesign)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,619
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 435 Yds10 - Par 4 449 Yds
2 - Par 5 568 Yds11 - Par 3 157 Yds
3 - Par 3 152 Yds12 - Par 5 514 Yds
4 - Par 4 400 Yds13 - Par 4 374 Yds
5 - Par 4 422 Yds14 - Par 4 384 Yds
6 - Par 4 362 Yds15 - Par 3 170 Yds
7 - Par 5 561 Yds16 - Par 4 466 Yds
8 - Par 3 223 Yds17 - Par 3 166 Yds
9 - Par 4 416 Yds18 - Par 4 400 Yds
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36 3,539 Yds34 3,080 Yds
 
Annual:  94th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 2-6 a.m. (et) - taped,
  - Monday -- 3-5 a.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Peter Hanson (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Richie Ramsay, Pablo Larrazabal
Tournament Record:  263 (Tobias Dier, 2002)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Tobias Dier, 2002)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Tobias Dier, 2002)
18-Hole Record:  60 (Tobias Dier, 2002 - Hilversumsche Golf Club)
Course Record:  63 (Marcus Higley, Alejandro Canizares, Sam Little,
  Martin Erlandsson, Simon Dyson, 2009)
Total Purse:  $2,388,293 (1,800,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $393,090; 2nd Place - $262,060; 3rd Place - $147,644
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Peter Hanson266G. Fernandez-Castano271
Richie Ramsay268Graeme Storm271
Pablo Larrazabal268Four players at272
Scott Jamieson269
Henrik Stenson271
 
Past KLM Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Peter Hanson (266) -- Richie Ramsay, Pablo Larrazabal
2011Simon Dyson (268) -- David Lynn
2010Martin Kaymer (266) -- Christian Nilsson, Fabrizio Zanotti
2009*Simon Dyson (265) -- Peter Lawrie, Peter Hedblom
2008Darren Clarke (264) -- Paul McGinley
2007Ross Fisher (268) -- Joost Luiten
2006*Simon Dyson (270) -- Richard Green
2005Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (269) -- Gary Emerson
2004David Lynn (264) -- Paul McGinley, Richard Green
2003Maarten Lafeber (267) -- Soren Hansen, Mathias Gronberg
2002Tobias Dier (263) -- Jamie Spence
2001*Bernhard Langer (269) -- Warren Bennett
2000Stephen Leaney (269) -- Bernhard Langer
1999Lee Westwood (269) -- Gary Orr
1998Stephen Leaney (266) -- Darren Clarke
1997Sven Struver (266) -- Russell Claydon
1996Mark McNulty (266) -- Scott Hoch
1995Scott Hoch (269) -- Sam Torrance, Michael Jonzon
1994Miguel Angel Jimenez (270) -- Howard Clark
1993Colin Montgomerie (281) -- Jose Coceres, Jean Van de Velde
1992*Bernhard Langer (277) -- Gordon Brand Jr
1991Payne Stewart (267) -- Per-Ulrik Johansson, Bernhard Langer
1990Stephen McAllister (274) -- Roger Chapman
1989*Jose Maria Olazabal (277) -- Roger Chapman, Ronan Rafferty
1988Mark Mouland (274) -- Des Smyth
1987Gordon Brand Jr (272) -- David A. Russell
1986Seve Ballesteros (271) -- Jose Rivero
1985Graham Marsh (282) -- Bernhard Langer
1984Bernhard Langer (275) -- Graham Marsh
1983Ken Brown (274) -- Jose Maria Canizares, Vaughan Somers
1982Paul Way (276) -- David Feherty, Vicente Fernandez
1981Harold Henning (280) -- Ray Floyd, Nick Price
1980Seve Ballesteros (280) -- Sandy Lyle
1979Graham Marsh (285) -- Malcolm Gregson, Antonio Garrido
1978Bob Byman (214) -- Nick Price
1977Bob Byman (278) -- Hugh Baiocchi
1976Seve Ballesteros (275) -- Howard Clark
1975Hugh Baiocchi (279) -- Simon Hobday, P.Hayes
1974Brian Barnes (211) -- Peter Oosterhuis, Simon Owen, Eddie Polland
1973Doug McClelland (279) -- Peter Oosterhuis
1972Jack Newton (277) -- Peter Oosterhuis, Malcolm Gregson
1971R.Sota (277)
1970Vicente Fernandez (279)
1969Guy Wolstenholme (277)
1968J.Cockin (292)
1967P.Townsend (282)
1966R.Sota (276)
1965A.Miguel (278)
1964Sewsunker Sewgolum (275)
1963R.Waltman (279)
1962B.Huggett (274)
1961B.Wilkes (279)
1960Sewsunker Sewgolum (280)
1959Sewsunker Sewgolum (283)
1958D.Thomas (277)
1957J.Jacobs (284)
1956A.Cerda (277)
1955A.Angelini (280)
1954U.Grappasonni (295)
1953Flory van Donck (286)
1952C.Denny (284)
1951Flory van Donck (281)
1950Roberto de Vicenzo (269)
1949J.Adams (294)
1948C.Denny (290)
1947Joop Ruhl (290)
1946Flory van Donck (290)
1945Not Held
1944Not Held
1943Not Held
1942Not Held
1941Not Held
1940Not Held
1939Bobby Locke (281)
1938A.Padgham (281)
1937Flory van Donck (286)
1936Flory van Donck (285)
1935Sid Brews (275)
1934Sid Brews (286)
1933M.Dallemagne (143)
1932A.Boyer (137)
1931F.Dyer (145)
1930J.Oosterveer (152)
1929J.J. Taylor (153)
1928E.Whitcombe (141)
1927Percy Boomer (147)
1926Aubrey Boomer (151)
1925Aubrey Boomer (144)
1924Aubrey Boomer (138)
1923H.Burrows (153)
1922G.Pannell (160)
1921H.Burrows (151)
1920H.Burrows (155)
1919D.Oosterveer (158)
1918F.Gevers (159)
1917J.Oosterveer (160)
1916Major C.H. Bryce (152)
1915G.M. del Court Van Krimpen (152)
1914Not Held
1913Not Held
1912G.Pannell (162)

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called KLM Dutch Open (1981-90), Heineken Dutch Open (1991-95),
Sun Microsystems Dutch Open (1996-97), TNT Dutch Open (1998-2002), Dutch Open (2003). Prior to 1934 only 36 holes.

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Richie Ramsay------------------T-26T-64T-16T-2
Anders HansenmcT-4346thT-7---T-12---mcT-25T-8
Nicolas ColsaertsT-31T-43mcmcT-47------T-8T-61T-8
Maarten LafeberWonmcT-4mcT-37mcmcmcT-56T-37
Simon DysonT-15T-60---WonT-27T-12WonmcWonT-46
Paul Casey---------------------------T-46
Matteo Manassero---------------------T-26---T-58
Ross Fisher---T-52---T-47WonT-20---T-11T-6mc
Jose M. Olazabal------------------------mcmc
Miguel A. Jimenez---------------------------mc
Thorbjorn Olesen------------------------mc---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Ross Fisher
Darkhorse - Craig Lee
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Richard Sterne) - Finished tied for 13th
Last Week's Darkhorse (John Parry) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
The European Tour travels to The Netherlands this week for the KLM Open. The top players on the European Tour are in the United States competing in the FedExCup Playoffs on the PGA Tour. Italian Matteo Manassero, ranked 30th in the world, is the only player ranked in the top 30 in the field.

The 20-year-old Manassero has won in each of his first four seasons on the European Tour. He won the flagship event on tour earlier this season at the BMW PGA Championship.

This tournament is one of the oldest in continental Europe, dating back to the inaugural event in 1912 at The Hague. Among the early winners were South Africa's Bobby Locke and Argentina's Roberto de Vicenzo, both major champions. More recently, Seve Ballesteros (1976, 1980 and 1986), Bernhard Langer (1984, 1992, 2001), Jose Maria Olazabal (1989), Payne Stewart (1991), Darren Clarke (2008) and Martin Kaymer (2010), all winners of major championships, have won this prestigious title.

Last year, Peter Hanson eagled the 18th hole in the final round to come from behind and win. Hanson knocked his second to 35 feet at the par-5 closing hole and poured in the eagle try. That gave Hanson his fifth victory on the European Tour and first since 2010. Hanson shot four rounds in the 60s and finished at 14-under 266. He won by two strokes over Pablo Larrazabal and Richie Ramsay.

Englishman Simon Dyson captured his third KLM Open title in six years, winning the 2011 edition by a single stroke over David Lynn. Dyson, who also won in 2006 and 2009, posted a 4-under 66 in the final round and finished at 12-under 268 at Hilversumsche Golf Club. The victory was not just his third at this championship, but it was his sixth on the European Tour and second in 2011. The only two other players with three KLM Open victories are Ballesteros and Langer, two Hall of Famers and perhaps the best two European Tour players in the history of the circuit.

In 2010, in his first start since winning the PGA Championship the previous month, Kaymer captured the title with a steady 4-under 66 in the final round. Making just four bogeys in 72 holes, Kaymer finished with a 14-under 266 to earn his seventh career title and third of four wins in 2010. He never made more than one bogey in any round.

Maarten Lafeber became the first home winner of this storied championship in 56 years, when he outdueled Soren Hansen and Mathias Gronberg down the stretch to capture his first career European Tour title in 2003. With the win, Lafeber became the third Dutch player to win on the European Tour and the first home player to capture the Dutch Open since Joop Ruhl in 1947.

Records galore were set at the 2002 staging of this tournament, as Tobias Dier won for the second time in his career. Dier started with a course record of 60, shot 67 in round two for an event record of 127, carded 67 on Saturday for a 54-hole record of 194 and completed the event with a 69 for a new 72-hole mark of 263.

When Langer won in 2001, history was made, as he won this event for the third time, all in different decades. Langer, who won the tournament in 1984 and again in 1992, defeated Warren Bennett on the first playoff hole for his first title in four years.

Bob Byman was the last player to win this event in back-to-back years when he titled in 1977-78. Stewart's win in 1991 was by nine shots, the largest margin of victory in the history of the tournament. Since 1972, there have been only five playoffs, with two of them involving eventual winner Langer and two of them involving eventual winner Dyson. Olazabal defeated Ronan Rafferty in 1989 on the ninth playoff hole, the longest in European Tour history.

Next week, the European Tour heads to Italy for the Italian Open in Turin, where Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano will defend his title.

09/10 17:29:06 ET

As of September 10, 2013, at 05:29 PM ET