Louis Oosthuizen, winner of The Open Championship and six-time runner-up in Majors, will play at the Dutch Open from September 16-19 2021.
The 101st edition of this international golf tournament will be played for the first time on Bernardus Golf in Cromvoirt.
It was also announced that TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) has become the new partner of the historic tournament alongside KLM and ING Private Banking.
The Dutch Open is long been a popular stop on the European Tour, and regularly features some of the biggest names in European and world golf.
The organizers are preparing for a Dutch Open 2021 with fans, taking into account the government’s COVID-19 measures in force at that time. Tournament director Daan Slooter said: “We are following the advice of the Dutch government and that looks very good at the moment. As it looks now, it will be possible to organize a successful, attractive and safe tournament in September 2021 with all our visitors. Of course, this will be with due observance of the measures in force at that time.”
“(Louis Oosthuizen) is the highest ranked player in the world ranking who is not from Europe or America. Oosthuizen once again proved that he is one of the very best in the world in the US PGA Championship in May by finishing narrowly behind Phil Mickelson. In addition, we were also able to sign up Garrick Higgo. A year ago, Higgo was still number 190 in the world. The South African is now 39th in the world ranking and has already won two European Tour events and a PGA TOUR tournament this year.”
Joost Luiten, ambassador of the Dutch Open, will also be in the field. The champion of 2013 and 2016 regularly practices on Bernardus and is looking forward to his home tournament. "I hope it will feel like coming home to a new course this year," said Luiten. "I want to perform again, give some extras for the home crowd that can be present at tournaments again."
The Netherlands has sever players on the European Tour in the 2021 Race to Dubai. Darius van Driel, Lars van Meijel, Wil Besseling and Daan Huizing have all enjoyed good results in the last year and will be targeting maiden European Tour victories in their home open