Tuesday, 11 September 2018
The 15th green at The Dutch ()
The 15th green at The Dutch ()
The European Tour moves from the mountains of Switzerland to the lowlands of the Netherlands for this week's KLM Open. One of only five events to have been held every year since the European Tour’s formation in 1972, the tournament moved to its current home of The Dutch in 2016.

The Colin Montgomerie-designed Spijk layout averages just under its par of 71, while the 6,983-yard course provides a difficult test from the tee, with fairways hard to find and a strong emphasis on hitting the greens. Last year's winner Romain Wattel was tenth in greens in regulation, a category where runner-up Austen Connelly was second, with Canadian's strong showing boosted by topping the driving accuracy stats.

After crunching the numbers, our stats guru has selected three players for your Fantasy team…

Favourite: Lee Westwood

It may be four years since Lee Westwood last won on the European Tour, but everything appears to be trending in the right direction for the Englishman this week. His tie for 12th at Crans-sur-Sierre last week followed a runner-up finish in Denmark and the 45 year old has picked up 10 cheques in his last 11 events. 

Third in this event last year, Westwood has three other top-five finishes in this event including a win at Hilversumsche GC in 1999. The former world number one sits ninth in the European Tour's greens in regulations category this season, having hit 74.03 per cent, while his stroke average of 69.73 is the 11th best on tour this season.

Form horse: Erik van Rooyen

The Challenge Tour graduate has been enjoying an excellent rookie campaign, with five top-ten finishes propelling Van Rooyen to 36th in the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex. Two top-fives in his last five starts - in Ireland and Denmark - suggest that a win could be just around the corner, with the 28 year old having tasted success on the Sunshine Tour and Challenge Tour last season.

A stroke average of 69.88 places him 20th on the European Tour this season, while a driving distance of 307.8 yards combined with the sixth best GIR accuracy on tour of 74.3 per cent could see The Dutch's relatively short length tamed by the South African.  

Wildcard: Maximilian Kieffer

The German threatened to land a long overdue maiden European Tour title in Sweden when he finished third at the Nordea Masters last month. The 28 year old has finished in the top 35 on his last four appearances in the Netherlands, with a best finish of 12th in 2015.

Driving accuracy of 70.4 per cent and an average of +0.648 shots gained off the tee place him 27th on the European Tour this season, while Kieffer has also found 71 per cent of greens in regulation and succesfully scrambles 61.4 per cent of the time when he doesn't - the 28th best record on tour.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1WU, AshunCHN18-16
2WOOD, ChrisENG18-15
T3DETRY, ThomasBEL18-14
T3TANIHARA, HidetoJPN18-14
5HARRINGTON, PadraigIRL18-13

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