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Paul Williams' Tips for the 2012 KLM Open

Last year saw the KLM Open return to the Hilversumche Golf Club in Hilversum for the 16th time in the tournament's history and the second time in succession, following a 4-year stint at Kennemer G&CC during which time we had 2 wins from Simon Dyson and one apiece from Ross Fisher and Darren Clarke. If you're looking at past results then be aware that Kennemer is a links course whereas Hilversumsche is a heathland course with far more similarities to the likes of Wentworth and other British golf clubs of the like. The last 2 victors on this track - namely defending champion Simon Dyson (who has a real liking to this event) and 2010 winner Martin Kaymer - are both in attendance, however Dyson has been struggling for most of 2012 with niggling injuries and Martin Kaymer has simply been struggling full stop by his high standards.

This year the Dutch Open celebrates its centenary and after 2 seasons of poor weather leading up to the event, the gods have been kinder this year and the course will be presented in perfect condition with far drier fairways than the last 2 renewals. At a touch over 6,900 yards, the par-70 is short by today's standards (even the 2 par 5s are under 500 yards in length), however this course is proof (if any were needed) that a track doesn't need to be long to present a challenge to the top professionals. The last 2 winning scores of 12-under and 14-under are quite likely to be beaten though as the longer par 4s won't cause the same level of trouble as the last 2 seasons with the drier conditions underfoot and light breezes forecast.

Accuracy from the tee is an important factor here - anything wild can expect a combination of tree trouble and fairly penal rough, however the fairways are reasonably wide so it takes a pretty poor shot to find yourself in serious trouble. The 2 par 5s present solid birdie opportunities to all who can find the fairway off the tee, however the key to this will scoring on the par 4s predominantly. Whilst the weather forecast is dry and relatively tranquil, when there is a breeze then club selection becomes a challenge in a very similar fashion to Wentworth - those who have performed well in the past at the BMW PGA Championship are well worth shortlisting for that very reason.

My selections are as follows:

Miguel Angel Jimenez 1.5pts EW 40/1 with BetFred Free Bet Get a £50 free bet via this link: BetFred Free Bet

2008 BMW PGA Championship winner Miguel Angel Jimenez is a player I always keep a close eye one for signs of form as he can quickly turn positive momentum into contending performances and, ultimately, victories - after all, 21 professional victories speaks for itself. 2012 has been largely forgettable for the cigar-loving 48 year-old and he never looked close to making the Ryder Cup team for a second successive campaign with just 3 top 10s in the first half of the year, however a top 10 at the Open, top 30 at Kiawah (on a track which was far too long for him) and a battling 11th place finish last week at Crans suggest a player whose form is on the ascendancy once again.

Last week's effort deserves closer scrutiny on a Crans course which the Spaniard loves - after a disastrous first round 77, 'The Mechanic' came back with a closing rounds of 65,66 and 66 to finish just outside the top 10 as his putter caught fire. That's the critical factor for me - look back through his history and you'll find example after example of a week where the putter warmed followed by a victory/serious contention the very next week. With the putter working it allows Miguel to relax much more tee-to-green and, hey presto, he's knocking flags down with approach shots and winning tournaments. You have to go back nearly 20 years to find his 2nd ever victory on the European Tour, however when you do find it you'll be pleasantly surprised to find it was on this very course - don't be at all surprised to see a repeat performance here this week almost 2 decades later...RESULT: MC

Anders Hansen 1pt EW 33/1 with free bet Get £200 Deposit Bonus via this link: Bet365 bonus

The Dane's improvement in form in recent weeks is interesting to note and if you're looking for Wentworth form as an indication of likely success here then Anders is your man with 2 of his 3 European Tour victories coming in Surrey. After a strong 2011 which included 3 runners-up finishes and 3rd at the US PGA Championship, Hansen's 2012 campaign has been disappointing thus far. 8 top 20s from 16 starts is consistent enough, however a solitary top 10 - last week at Crans - isn't good enough for a player of his quality and he's now drifted to 63rd in the World and at risk of missing out on some of the biggest 2013 events unless he can grab a win before the end of the season.

15th at Gleneagles a fortnight ago was a positive move where he improved throughout the 4 days of play; that momentum continued into last week where tee-to-green he was immaculate and only a slight warming of the putter would have seen him pushing Richie Ramsay right to the finish. If he can take those positives into this week then he's sure to improve on last year's top 25 and potentially challenge the leaders on Sunday. RESULT: T8

Matteo Manassero 1pt EW 35/1 with Sky Free Bet Get a £5 free bet no deposit required, via this link: Sky Free Bet

The Italian youngster is another who could easily bounce back to form here. He's been lightly raced of late with just last week's nondescript 34th place finish his first event on the normal European Tour since the Scottish Open, however with the cobwebs blown away he'll be looking to improve on that dramatically this week on a course which will suit his game down to the ground.

Despite the course being short, Manassero struggled a little with the length of some of the par 4s when he finished 26th here in soggy conditions which made the course play much longer in 2010; 2 years later he's filled out significantly and the drier track takes any question of length out of the equation. For me, Matteo struggles far too regularly on the par 5s when he attempts to give his tee shots that little bit extra - again, no issue this week with 2 of the shortest 'long holes' on Tour ahead of him and I wouldn't be shocked to see the 19 year-old add a third European Tour title here, having already recorded top 10s at the short tracks in Seville, Aloha, Morocco and Kuala Lumpur in 2012. RESULT: T58

David Lynn 1pt EW 22/1 with Paddy Power £250 Free Bet NEW OFFER! £/€20 Free Bet, get it here: Paddy Power Free Bet

This price is very short for a player with just one European Tour victory to his name, however I could find no valid reason to scrub Lynn off the list here so will back him to continue his incredible Dutch Open form here this week. With favourite Nicolas Colsaerts not really suited to this track and Ryder Cup duo Martin Kaymer and Peter Hanson possibly more interested in finding some form ahead of Medinah, of the 2nd tier favourites Lynn has to take precedence. 7 top 20 finishes in the Dutch Open from his last 10 attempts is the most consistent on display and his solitary Tour victory did indeed come on this very track back in 2004 when he recorded a 3-shot victory over Richard Green and Paul McGinley.

Now sitting inside the World's top 40 players after his runners-up finish at Kiawah Island, the 38 year-old will be rewarded with his first ever visit to Augusta National next spring and has already accumulated enough Euros to guarantee a place on the plane to Dubai in late November. He arrives here with no pressure whatsoever on a track he loves and the short-course setup that he thrives upon, buoyed by a -8 weekend at Crans which catapulted him up to 11th after a poor start on Thursday. 2nd here last year could easily be repeated or bettered even, if you can set aside any reservations over the skinny price on offer...RESULT: T32

Julien Quesne 0.5pts EW 150/1 with Sky Free Bet Get a £5 free bet no deposit required, via this link: Sky Free Bet

I've saved half a point Each Way for the 2012 Open de Andalucia winner (tree lined, 6,900 yard course with bent/poa greens - sound familiar?!) who is clearly still underestimated by the bookies and rated a huge 150/1 shot. That victory in Spain was achieved with a stellar display of ironplay (83% of greens in regulation) and a strong putting week where he ranked 7th for putts per GIR and 8th for total putts culminating in a bogey-free 13-under weekend, with fellow selections David Lynn and Matteo Manassero left in his wake. His form understandably dipped after that victory, however he found his range with his irons again last week at Crans to finish in a tie for 11th and judging by his aforementioned victory and creditable 21st at Wentworth this season in far stronger company we could see the Frenchman contending for a place come Sunday afternoon at a long, long price. RESULT: MC

Odds and bookmaker offers correct at 18:20BST 4.9.12 but naturally subject to fluctuation. Author Paul Williams, Find us on Google+


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