KLM Open 2017 Tips: Each-way selections for this week’s European Tour event – Betfair

KLM Open 2017 Tips: Each-way selections for this week’s European Tour event – Betfair

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Thomas Detry came into this event last year in scintillating form, having just claimed his first professional victory (Bridgestone Challenge on the Challenge Tour) by a remarkable 12 shots. A narrow missed cut ensued at the 2016 KLM Open, but can be easily forgiven – rather than a negative, I see the experience as a positive and it will stand him in good stead at a venue that half of this week’s field haven’t see before. It’s been an up-and-down rookie season for Detry but ultimately a positive one. He still has work to do to make it to the DP World Tour Championship (currently 69th in the race to dubai), but it’s well within reach; the young Belgian can remove any doubt of his participation by emulating his close friend Thomas Pieters in claiming victory at this week’s KLM Open.

Last year’s first KLM renewal at The Dutch suggested this is a course that particularly rewarded accurate driving and with plenty of wind forecast throughout the week, I suspect performance off the tee will be the key to success. Andy Sullivan is one of the very best in that respect on the European Tour. Prior to missing the USPGA cut on his most recent start, he’d ranked top-ten for accuracy on seven of his last ten starts, never outside the top-30. He’s also got a strong record in this event, albeit at a different venue, finishing third and 18th in the 2014 and 2015 renewals, shooting sub-70 in all eight rounds.

Ever since its inception, the Challenge Tour has been the ideal stepping stone to the European Tour and this year we’ve seen two Challenge Tour players make the most of a rare European Tour start. Matt Wallace won the co-sanctioned Open de Portugal in May and Julian Suri claimed the Made In Denmark last month. Both now ply their trade full time on the bigger stage now that they’re exempt and I fancy another Challenge Tour winner, Aaron Rai, who’s already exempt, courtesy of his three Challenge Tour wins in March, May and July, can emulate Wallace and Suri and win on the bigger stage. There are numerous long-in-the-tooth European Tour veterans that rarely win priced up much shorter than Rai and he could be a bit of value given he’s looking for his fourth title in seven months.

With just one year’s worth of course form to go on at The Dutch it’s perhaps a bit folly to take too much notice as to what happened 12 months ago, especially given two of my fancies – Thongchai Jaidee and Eddie Pepperell – both missed the cut! It’s Eddie Pep that I’m going in with this week however as I just feel he’s trending in the right direction back to his best form. He was a selection of mine a few weeks ago in Denmark where he finished a creditable T28, only for him to go and place the following week (T5 in the Czech Masters) when I wasn’t on. He took last week off, which I view as a positive given he’d played the previous two weeks, and I remember a few people likening this week’s venue to Wentworth 12 months ago, and of course Eddie has gone well at that venue a few times in his short career. The young Englishman remains a fantastic prospect, and on a links-type course this week I’m hoping he can go well now that his form is beginning to return.

After a hugely successful 2016 this has not been a golden year for Alejandro Canizares but he may still be worth chancing at 100/1 this week. A wrist injury has conspired against the Spaniard for much of the year but it didn’t seem to affect him at the Paul Lawrie Match Play in August when he beat four men to make the semi-finals and while he missed the cut at the Made in Denmark event the week following, scores of 72-71 do not suggest anything hugely wrong with his game there. Canizares returns to a course where he finished fourth on his (and indeed) the tour’s first look so we know he can play the venue. With the rest of the BB Golf team playing shorter odds I am happy to complement the picks with a riskier long odds play, but a selection who is far from a no-hoper – my man knows how to win (two European Tour victories to his name) and who was an absolute place machine last year (four finishes of fifth or better and six top 10s in total).

2017 Season P/L to date: -£276.84

– Czech Masters, Eddie Pepperell @ 50/1 – PLACE (Paul)
– Made In Denmark, Chris Paisley @ 110/1 – PLACE (Joe)
– European Open, Zander Lombard @ 150/1 – PLACE (Steve)
– The Open, Brooks Koepka @ 25/1 – PLACE (Dan)
– The Open, Marc Leishman @ 55/1 – PLACE (Andy O’Rourke)
– Scottish Open, Anthony Wall @ 200/1 – PLACE (Paul)
– US Open, Brooks Koepka @ 40/1 – WIN (Dave Tindall)
– Lyoness Open, Dylan Frittelli @ 40/1 – WIN (Paul)
– Lyoness Open, Mikko Korhonen @ 50/1 – PLACE (Joe)
– Nordea Masters, Chris Wood @ 33/1 – PLACE (Joe)
– Nordea Masters, Thorbjorn Olesen @ 50/1 – PLACE (Steve)
– Open de Portugal, Mark Foster @ 50/1 – PLACE (Mike)
– Golf Sixes, Denmark @ 10/1 – WIN (Dan)
– Golf Sixes, Scotland @ 12/1 – PLACE (Paul)
– Volvo China Open, Dylan Frittelli @ 35/1 PLACE (Paul)
– Masters, Paul Casey @ 50/1 – PLACE (Steve)
– Hero Indian Open, Carlos Pigem @ 80/1 – PLACE (Paul)
– Tshwane Open, Dean Burmester @ 16/1 – WIN (Paul)
– Abu Dhabi Championship, Martin Kaymer @ 30/1 PLACE (Steve)
– Alfred Dunhill Championship, Thomas Detry @ 66/1 – PLACE (Dan)
– Alfred Dunhill Championship, Richard Sterne @ 22/1 – PLACE (Paul)

* Total P/L for 2016 Season: +£267.58
* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75

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