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KLM Open 2019: Form guide for this week's European Tour event in the Netherlands

KLM Open 2019 at The International Club, Amsterdam
The International Club: An Ian Woosnam-designed links-style course in Amsterdam
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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.

Form Guys

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.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

List Below Shows Form For Last 10 Weeks

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27
Patrick Reed 36 15 19 1 22 12 10 23
Matt Wallace MC 27 51 14 55
Sergio Garcia 23 MC 40 67
Lee Westwood 28 MC 4 55 23
Jorge Campillo 33 MC MC MC* 7
Thomas Pieters 20 12 1 67 20 MC
Joost Luiten 23 29 32 MC MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 6 MC 28 9
Martin Kaymer MC 31 20 9
Troy Merritt 46 35 43 12 MC 2 MC MC 7
Sebastian Soderberg 1 5 MC MC 41
Mikko Korhonen 35 39 63 48
Romain Langasque 48 MC 63 3 MC
Kurt Kitayama 36 MC MC 43 MC
Thomas Detry 20 20 43 23
Victor Perez MC 10 28 61
Sean Crocker MC 28 Wd 55 MC
Antoine Rozner 13 MC 21 5 16 MC MC
Sam Horsfield 14 43 10 3 MC MC
Gavin Green 12 16 58 MC 9
Chris Paisley 48 MC 34 41
Brandon Stone MC MC* MC MC 34 34
Scott Hend 36 MC 71 MC MC
Jake McLeod 63 MC MC MC MC
John Catlin MC 29 30 MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar MC 53 MC MC MC
Chris Wood 69 53 MC MC MC
Sihwan Kim 17 MC 5 51
Paul Dunne MC MC 23 MC MC
Louis De Jager 12 MC MC MC 18 68 MC
Fabrizio Zanotti MC MC 55 MC
Shubhankar Sharma 46 MC MC 51 34 MC
Dimitrios Papadatos 60 MC 39 MC
Zander Lombard 36 72 16 11 MC MC 9
George Coetzee MC MC 9 34
David Law MC MC MC MC MC
Grant Forrest MC 58 MC 43 14
Scott Jamieson 12 MC 39 26 MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC MC MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC 2 40 MC 14 55
Matthew Southgate 46 MC 10 30 MC MC
Ashun Wu 36 MC 20 MC MC
David Drysdale MC 23 MC* MC
Jack Singh Brar 64 33 37 14 62 50
Kim Koivu MC MC 11 Wd MC
Johannes Veerman 36 41 MC
Nino Bertasio 20 Wd MC 72 4 27
Edoardo Molinari MC MC* 14 34 9
Joakim Lagergren 20 MC 10 MC 31
Andres Romero 2 MC 51 MC MC 23
Soren Kjeldsen MC MC 29 MC MC MC
Anton Karlsson MC MC MC* MC MC 46
Adilson Da Silva MC 16 MC
S Chikkarangappa 46 41 24
Lee Slattery 35 40 39 9 27
Padraig Harrington 12 MC 58 MC MC MC MC 50
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 53 58 69 MC
Berry Henson MC 48 23 MC
Jeff Winther 11 37 70 28 64
Hideto Tanihara 56 20 MC 62 MC
Liam Johnston MC 61 MC 5 MC 64
Matthieu Pavon MC 10 MC MC MC
Clement Sordet 46 75 MC 55
Niklas Lemke 9 MC 20 MC MC 34
Victor Dubuisson Wd 43 Wd 39 MC MC
Ashley Chesters 9 72 MC 18 MC* MC
Oliver Fisher 22 MC MC 51 48 34
Callum Shinkwin Wd Wd MC 41
Haydn Porteous 35 29 11 9 34 MC
Richie Ramsay MC 58 MC 58 34 MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC 59 23 MC* 19
Dave Horsey 43 MC 34 MC
Hyo Won Park MC MC 66 MC MC* 46
Ajeetesh Sandhu 46 22 61
Harrison Endycott 64 49
Shiv Kapur 17 10 21
Jamie Donaldson 35 5 MC 9 MC
Stuart Manley 22 76 MC 67 55 MC
Hugo Leon 17 MC MC 5 18
Wil Besseling MC 37 14 11 MC 6 39
Yusaku Miyazato MC 48 MC MC MC
Viraj Madappa 25 22 MC
Bradley Dredge 61 47 39 62 50
Romain Wattel 6 MC MC 14 20 MC
Trevor Immelman MC MC MC* MC
Christofer Blomstrand MC 3 MC MC 18 30 Wd
Robert Karlsson 63 MC 10 MC 27
Khalin H Joshi MC 41 44
Jaco Van Zyl 17 63 2 MC MC
Max Schmitt MC 48 72 MC 16 48 41
Robbie Van West MC MC
Steven Brown MC MC MC MC MC
Jarin Todd 25 29 MC
Tom Murray MC MC 51 30 MC MC
Pedro Figueiredo 33 35 MC MC MC MC
Kristoffer Reitan MC MC MC 14 MC MC
Jens Dantorp MC 48 40 MC 69 MC
Rikard Karlberg 46 46 53 5 6 4
Jin Ho Choi MC MC MC
Gavin Moynihan 56 MC 47 MC 11 MC
Eduardo De La Riva MC 48 MC MC
Terry Pilkadaris MC 26 6
Alejandro Canizares MC MC 40 MC 31
Joel Girrbach MC MC MC MC MC 36 MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC MC MC
Matthew Nixon MC 29 58
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC 66 MC MC MC MC MC
Ben Evans 14 MC 66 18 62 MC
Marcel Siem MC 37 MC MC MC
Adam Bland 66 MC* MC 58
Ricardo Gouveia 36 MC MC* 48 MC MC
Jeung-Hun Wang MC MC MC* MC MC MC
Max Orrin 59 46 70 MC MC 17
Michael Hoey 66 MC MC MC Wd
Deyen Lawson MC 69 53 MC
Nick Cullen 63 MC* MC
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez 66 59 23 MC 34 8
David Borda MC MC MC MC MC
Marc Warren MC Dq MC MC MC
Kristian Krogh Johannessen 46 40 MC
Adrien Saddier 28 74 MC MC 60
Minchel Choi 25 25
James Morrison MC 28 29 30 MC MC
Dylan Boshart
Bernd Ritthammer 2 MC 59 MC 47 39
Espen Kofstad MC 48
Daniel Gavins 22 48 Wd 18 MC 28 54
Austin Connelly MC 47 Wd MC MC
Per Langfors 28 MC 53 MC MC
SSP Chawrasia MC MC MC MC
Matteo Manassero MC MC MC MC
Max Albertus MC MC MC MC
Brett Rumford MC MC 73 MC
Lasse Jensen 33 MC MC MC 60 MC
Filippo Bergamaschi MC MC MC MC MC
Nick McCarthy MC MC MC 38 41 25 19
Pedro Oriol MC MC
David Howell 63 MC 30 MC MC
Duncan Stewart MC MC MC 63 MC 17
Davey Porsius
Aaron Cockerill 47 MC* MC* 41 58 MC 29
Jose Maria Olazabal
Michael Campbell MC
Scott Gregory 28 MC MC MC MC 30
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra MC
David Cooke MC
Javier Ballesteros
Maarten Lafeber MC MC MC* MC
Koen Kouwenaar
Kiet Van Der Weele
Mike Toorop
Daniel Hillier
Wilco Nienaber MC 72 51 MC* MC 11
Mark Reynolds
Benjamin Reuter

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