Andy Swales compiles the form stats for the KLM Open which tees-off on Thursday at The International Club, Amsterdam...
"The 25-year-old from Kuala Lumpur topped the Asian Tour of Merit in 2017 and is now starting to make a name for himself in Europe. In his most recent 11 starts on the European Tour, since early May, Gavin Green has posted seven top-20 finishes."
The European Tour makes the 300-mile journey from Hamburg to Amsterdam for this week's KLM Open in the Netherlands.
Originally called the Dutch Open, the tournament has been in existence for more than 100 years, but this will be the first time it has been staged at The International Club in Amsterdam.
Opened in June 2012, The International is located around four miles south-west of Amsterdam city centre, and laid out across a 77-hectare site.
The course was co-designed by Ian Woosnam and Belgian architect firm Mastergolf and, at first glance, has a definite links feel to it.
Thanks to its undulating fairways, which are bordered by a plethora of mounds, many of the holes provide a sense of seclusion from the rest of the course.
The putting surfaces are large, fast, well-contoured, and offers a vast selection of potential pin positions. Water will come into play on seven holes and there is plenty of greenside sand to steer clear of.
Danger lurks everywhere and it doesn't appear to be a course where playing safe will be either easy or wise.
Players who fail to locate the correct segment of the fairway off the tee, will find it difficult to get the ball close to the flag on their approach shots.
Most parts of a golfer's game will be fully tested, with the pros having to contend with the noise of planes landing at nearby Schipol Airport.
Two years after opening, The International hosted a tournament on the European Senior Tour in 2014.
Mediocre Starting Line-Up
With Wentworth's PGA Championship just around the corner, this week's tournament has taken a hit regarding the quality of field.
Just two members of the world's top 40 are in attendance, one of these being American Patrick Reed who tees-up in Europe for a second straight week.
The 2018 Masters champion finished the PGA Tour season in good shape and, having travelled across the Atlantic to contest last week's European Open in Germany, the 29-year-old should be ready to challenge in the lowlands of Amsterdam.
The highest-ranked European Tour regular in the field is Matt Wallace. The world No 30 is without a top-10 finish since late June and has only teed-up once during the past six weeks.
He was recently criticised for his behaviour following a very public split with his former caddie Dave McNeilly.
With no course history available, current form takes centre stage and it is likely that Belgian Thomas Pieters will start Thursday's opening round as one of the favourites for the title.
One lesser name who also fits this bill is Sam Horsfield. The Englishman, who tied-for-third in the Czech Republic last month, is enjoying his best run of form for almost a year.
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Among the non-Europeans playing well right now is Malaysia's Gavin Green.
The 25-year-old from Kuala Lumpur topped the Asian Tour of Merit in 2017 and is now starting to make a name for himself in Europe.
In his most recent 11 starts on the European Tour, since early May, Green has posted seven top-20 finishes, and this week's venue will certainly test all areas of his game.
Green's stats for Greens in Regulation (GiR) on the European Tour during 2019 are strong.
And if Strokes Gained (Tee-to-Green) is going to be a key statistic at this week's tricky venue, which will require good course management and accurate driving, then Sergio Garcia, Joost Luiten and Lee Westwood cannot be ignored. Experience should certainly come in handy this weekend.
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List Below Shows Form For Last 10 Weeks
MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut
Note: List contains leading reserves
|Louis De Jager||12||MC||MC||MC||18||68||MC|
|Jack Singh Brar||64||33||37||14||62||50|
|Adilson Da Silva||MC||16||MC|
|Hyo Won Park||MC||MC||66||MC||MC*||46|
|Khalin H Joshi||MC||41||44|
|Jaco Van Zyl||17||63||2||MC||MC|
|Robbie Van West||MC||MC|
|Jin Ho Choi||MC||MC||MC|
|Eduardo De La Riva||MC||48||MC||MC|
|Emilio Cuartero Blanco||MC||66||MC||MC||MC||MC||MC|
|Ivan Cantero Gutierrez||66||59||23||MC||34||8|
|Kristian Krogh Johannessen||46||40||MC|
|Jose Maria Olazabal|
|Kiet Van Der Weele|