DID YOU KNOW – THE KLM OPEN
• Kennemer Golf and Country Club witnessed a marathon play-off in 1989 with José Maria Olazábal claiming 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 was matched by the 2013 Open de España, which also went to nine holes. However, it was Rafferty who had the final word. The Northern Irishman holed a five foot putt to win the Volvo Masters and pip Olazábal in the race to win The European Tour Order of Merit, with the Spaniard finishing the season in second place.
• The KLM Open has a unique place in the history of The European Tour. Seve Ballesteros (1976, aged 19 years and 121 days) and Paul Way (1983, 19 years and 149 days), won the event, meaning this tournament was the first to witness two teenage winners. Noh Seung-yul (2010, 18 years and 282 days) and Matteo Manassero (2011, 17 years and 363 days) have since won the Maybank Malaysian Open, as teenagers.
• Defending champion, Joost Luiten is aiming to create history by becoming the first Dutch player to successfully defend a European Tour title. The only player to win back-to-back Dutch titles since the event became part of The European Tour in 1972 was Bob Byman (1977-78).
• Simon Dyson will be aiming to win his fourth KLM Open, having previously won in 2006, 2009 and 2011. Should he win this year, he will become the first player to win the Championship four times since the event became part of The European Tour in 1972.Should he win in 2014, he would become just the seventh player in European Tour history to win the same official event four or more times.
• The KLM Open was first played in 1912 and this year will be the 95th playing in 2014. The event is one of only seven tournaments to be played every year since The European Tour’s first year in 1972. The events are: The Open Championship, Open de España, Alstom Open de France, Italian Open, Omega European Masters , PGA Championship and KLM Open.