The European Tour jets off to the Netherlands for the 100th staging of the KLM Open this week. Here are five key storylines to look out for…
Reaching the century
The KLM Open was first played in 1912 and this year marks the 100th edition of the long-running event. It is one of only six tournaments to be played every season since the European Tour began in 1972. The others are The Open Championship, Open de France, Italian Open, European Masters and BMW PGA Championship.
Since the first edition in 1912, there have been 74 winners from 18 different countries, with Wu Ashun becoming the first Chinese winner of the Dutch tournament last year.
Seve’s teenage triumph
Severiano Ballesteros, one of those 74 different KLM Open champions, began his march into the record books at the KLM Open in 1976. Aged just 19 years and 121 days old, the Spaniard dominated in the Netherlands, sealing an eight-shot victory and setting the tone for a remarkable European Tour career, where he collected an incredible 50 tournament victories, which is more than any other player in Tour history.
Beat The Pro
The popular Beat The Pro will once again entertain the fans when it takes place at the par three 13th hole from Thursday September 12 to Sunday September 15 this year.
Amateurs can sign up to take part in the challenge, aiming to land their ball closer to the hole, than the professional’s attempt at the 193-yard par three.
Last year saw a host of young golfing hopefuls go head-to-head with their playing partners, but this year will mark an even greater achievement when 100-year-old Susan Hosang takes to the 13th tee.
China’s Wu will be aiming to become only the second player after American Bob Byman (1977-78) to defend the KLM Open since it became an official European Tour event.
Wu sealed his third victory in four years with rounds of 64-66-71-67 to clinch a one-stroke triumph over Chris Wood and become the first player from China to win three times on the European Tour.
The International will be the eighth different venue to host the KLM Open since its first outing on the European Tour in 1972.
Located on the outskirts of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, the 6,966-yard par 73 will make its European Tour debut this week, having been the host venue for the Dutch Senior Open on the Staysure Tour in 2013 and 2014.