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Tuesday, 08 August 2006

• The KLM Open returns to Kennemer Golf & Country Club for the first time since 1990. Kennemer first hosted the championship in 1920 and a 16 times in total.

• Kennemer witnessed  a marathon play-off in 1989 with  José Maria Olazábal claiming  the victory at the ninth  extra  hole, beating Roger Chapman and Ronan Rafferty. The Englishman bogeyed the first hole and was eliminated. Olazábal and Rafferty went a further eight holes, before the 1994 and 1999 Masters  Champion took the title with a double bogey six. This play-off still stands as the longest in European Tour history.

• This is the only European Tour event which has produced two teenage winners – Seve Ballesteros (1976 – 19 and 121 days) and Paul Way (1983 – 19 and 149 days). Ballesteros is the second youngest and Way the third youngest to win on The European Tour.

• The field this week includes 11 golfers who played in the event the last time the championship was at Kennemer in 1990. They are: Peter Baker, Barry Lane, Santiago Luna, Miguel Angel Martin, Colin Montgomerie, Rolf Muntz (as an amateur), Andrew Oldcorn, Costantino Rocca, Mark Roe, Jamie Spence and Sven Strüver.

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