Pablo To Paint A Winning Picture At The KLM Open
- 06 Sep 2016
2016 KLM Open Betting Preview
The KLM Open takes centre stage on the European Tour this week and there is a new venue for the tournament as The Dutch in Spijk, Netherlands, will play host for the very first time. The Dutch was only opened in 2011 and the Colin Montgomerie-designed course has been described as an inland links by the venue's website and that could give us a handy bit of insight for our betting shortlist...
- Pablo Larrazabal's last three results in the Netherlands read: 2-9-5
- Thomas Pieters is the defending KLM Open champion and has gone 40 under par in his last three starts worldwide
|8th September - 11th September||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
| Pablo Larrazabal (each way)
|@ 40 / 1|
|David Howell (each way)||@ 66 / 1|
The Leading Players
It is Thomas Pieters who arrives here as the defending champion after he won at Kennemer Golf and Country Club last year and he will be looking to celebrate his Ryder Cup wildcard in style. Pieters' selection by Darren Clarke is just reward for Pieters' stunning recent run of form that has seen him finish fourth at the Olympics, second at the Czech Masters and win the Made In Denmark, with the Belgian going 40 under par in total during those three events!
Pieters skipped the European Masters last week and returns as a 9/1 favourite (Bet Victor).
Alex Noren (11/1) took full advantage of Pieters' absence last week as he won the European Masters to make it two wins, as well as a runner-up finish at the Paul Lawrie Match Play, from his past five starts worldwide.
Meanwhile, Joost Luiten became only the second Dutchman to win on home soil at the 2013 KLM Open and he can be backed at 18/1 with Paddy Power.
The Best Bet
We prefer to look elsewhere for a bit of value though and we like the chances of Pablo Larrazabal at 40/1 (Ladbrokes). The Spaniard offers great each-way value after signing off a tie for 7th in Switzerland with a superb 65 on Sunday and he can carry that momentum to the Netherlands, where he has a very decent record after going 2-9-5 in his past three appearances.
Larrazabal should enjoy the 6,981 yard course at The Dutch as many are comparing it to the Paris National and it augurs well that he won the Open de France in Paris in 2008.
Tip #1: Pablo Larrazabal (each way) @ 40/1 with Ladbrokes.
The Best Of The Rest
Finally, David Howell is returning to form and fitness after injury ravaged the earlier part of his campaign and we fancy he is able to make up for lost time. The Englishman tied 3rd at the Czech Masters during a run of four successive cuts made recently and the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links winner is exactly the sort of links exponent who could thrive here.
Howell top-tenned at the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Open de France and he earned a respectable tie for 12th at the KLM Open in 2015.
Tip #2: David Howell (each way) @ 66/1 with Bet Victor.