Our press officer in The Netherlands brings you all of the action from behind the scenes in the KLM Open.
Ryder Cup on our minds
It’s hard not to mention The Ryder Cup at the moment, such is the excitement surrounding Medinah, and this week is an important part of the build up with Nicolas Colsaerts, Peter Hanson and Martin Kaymer all the field, along with European Captain José María Olazábal and three of his vice-captains. José María will be able to see at first-hand how Martin and Nicolas are shaping up as he will be playing alongside them for the first two rounds. You can rest assured the weather won’t be the foremost topic of conversation on the way round. As Martin said, he’s not a bad person to learn from either so it should prove a fruitful draw all round.
Practice makes perfect
Much has been spoken and written about Martin Kaymer’s swing changes and the former World Number One is always an engaging talker on the subject. Patience is the key, according to the former World Number One, and that is a quality he possesses. Like any change in golf, persistence is also essential and judging by his demeanour this week, Martin also has plenty of reserves in that department, hitting the empty practice range on his own a full three hours prior to the start of his first round. Now that is dedication kids.
A long time coming
There is a welcome return to The Netherlands after a nine year absence for the ever-popular Miguel Angel Jiménez. Miguel won his second of 18 European Tour titles here at Hilversumsche, but the Spaniard has not played the KLM Open since 2003 due to scheduling conflicts. The Ryder Cup Vice Captain says his putter has been warming up in recent weeks, so perhaps a return to the scene of a former conquest might spur him on to further glory.
The Pro-Ams at European Tour normally attract one or two famous faces and this week’s star attraction was Ruud Gullit, the former Dutch captain and two-time World Footballer of the Year. Gullit, who played for Italian giants AC Milan, joined Italian youngster Matteo Manassero on Wednesday, in what was one of the most popular groupings. With Ruud a master of several languages and Matteo also fluent in Italian and English, conversation would not have been a problem between the pair.