With the Race To Dubai looming, the quality has returned to the European Tour for this week's KLM Open so here are five picks to get you thinking about the Dutch cracker...
"We know that classy Brits have a good record at the KLM Open so David Howell looks a very generous price to go well at Kennemer this week."
Joe Dyer: Back David Howell @ 51.050/1
*Each-way terms: 1/4 odds, 5 places
Dan Geraghty: Back Eddie Pepperell @ 33/1
I fancied Eddie Pepperell to go well on his debut in this event two years ago, and I actually went out to Kennemer and followed he and Brooks Koepka around for the first two rounds. But, Pepperell, nicknamed the 'Wise Old Owl', narrowly missed the cut, while Koepka eventually finished 22nd. The Englishman fared much better here last year, however, finishing fourth. And with the wind set to blow this week I'm hoping third time's the charm for the links specialist, who was second at this years Irish Open, fourth at the Scottish Open and well in touch at the Open Championship until an encounter with the Old Course Hotel (see below).
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Andy Sullivan @ 33/1
High-class English players have won five of the last nine KLM renewals, and there's a stack of progressive types with strong claims of maintaining the run. Marginal preference at this stage of their careers is for Andy Sullivan, who has come on leaps and bounds since finishing third on his Kennemer debut 12 months ago. A pair of wins in South Africa plus top-six finishes in classy French and Irish Opens, the Dubai Desert Classic and Turkish Airlines Open represents high-class Race to Dubai form. Moreover, 13th on his Memorial debut, challenging for three rounds, suggests Sullivan could make an impact in the States.
Joe Dyer: Back David Howell @ 50/1
We know that classy Brits have a good record at the KLM Open so David Howell looks a very generous price to go well at Kennemer this week. This five-time European Tour winner has been in fine form throughout this year, putting up top-fives in three continents to occupy 22nd position in the Race to Dubai rankings. Howell's most recent win came at the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links so we can put a tick in the all-important Links Form box. He may have finished down the field last time at this tournament, but three rounds in the 60s show he can perform on the track and at 50/1 this strong all-rounder looks a fair bet to snare a top-five or better.
Steve Rawlings: Back Mikko Illonen @ 125/1
In contrast to the last few events on the European Tour, this week's tournament is a real cracker. The venue is a joy, the wind is due to blow and the field is deep with quality. The one I really like is Eddie Pepperell and I was also quite keen on Andy Sullivan but Dan and Paul have beaten me to it with that pair so I'll take a bit of a chance on out-of-form Finn, Mikko Ilonen, at a huge 125/1. A class act who knows how to get the job done, Ilonen won two of his five European Tour titles only last year and he finished 11th here behind Paul Casey. I can't pretend he's in great form but he's more than capable of bouncing back with conditions to suit and he looks too big to me at a triple-figure price.
Daniel Thomas: Back Kristoffer Broberg @ 33/1
Kristoffer Broberg landed us a place winner with his tied second at the Made in Denmark event last month and I'm happy to take him again this week, at a decent looking 33/1. The Swede followed that performance with an eighth at the Czech Masters, his third top 10 performance in a row, having taking an impressive tenth at the Omega Masters in July. While Broberg has missed the cut on his only two appearances at Kennemer, closer inspection of those rounds - nothing higher than a 72 - means that is not unduly concerning and his second place at the Scottish Open last year showed his skill on links courses, so he should go close.
2015 P/L (£5 e/w per selection)
Year to date P/L: +£479.07
- Czech Masters, Roope Kakko @ 66/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Made In Denmark, Kristoffer Broberg @ 25/1 - PLACE (Dan T)
- USPGA Championship, Branden Grace @ 66/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- European Masters, Tyrrell Hatton @ 50/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- The Open, Justin Rose @ 23/1 - PLACE (Ralph)
- The Open, Louis Oosthuizen @ 20/1 - PLACE (Dan T)
- Scottish Open, Eddie Pepperell @ 125/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Open de France, Bernd Wiesberger @ 33/1 - WON (Mike)
- Lyoness Open, Robert Rock @ 66/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW PGA Championship, Chris Wood @ 125/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Mauritius Open, John Parry @ 150/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- US Masters, Paul Casey @ 66/1 - PLACE (Romilly)
- Thailand Classic, Andrew Dodt @ 100/1 - WON (Paul)
- Malaysian Open, Anirban Lahiri @ 66/1 - WON (Dan G)
- DD Classic, Stephen Gallacher @ 25/1 - PLACE (Steve)
*Total P/L for 2014: +£251.75