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Nic Ladds 19th Aug 2009 - 10:51

Flying Dutchman back at Joost the right time

An unfortunately weak field gathers in the Netherlands for the KLM Open with Chris Wood the highest ranked player at 58, but this can play in to the hands of 33/1 chance Lee Slattery.

On occasion when Slattery gets in to contention he has looked like a deer caught in the headlights but a fourth here last year suggests a liking for the course and the hope is that he can relax and play his game in familiar surroundings with little pressure due to the calibre of the opposition.

He finished in a share of fourth in the SAS Masters having actually led after round one before blowing his chances at the business end of proceedings then he actually managed to steadily improve in the Moravia Silesia Open ending up in a tie for 11th place.

With a similar line up at Kennemer to that of the Moravia, Slattery should be able to get in to the frame on a course he likes at odds of 33/1.

Joost Luiten is a name that punters will have not have heard for quite some time (if ever) as the young Dutchman has been out of action with a wrist injury since October last year.

Before his injury he was shaping up to be one of the most exciting prospects around having won twice on the Challenge Tour in 2007 followed by a second place in this very tournament.

He played some stunning golf on the amateur tour, earning his professional status in style and his return looks promising as he played three events on the Alps Tour last month, finishing first, second, second and while he may be a little rusty on the main tour, he is worth chancing at 66/1 in the betting.

In a field with so much apparent dead wood for the third selection we're going to stick with a man in form in the shape of Swede Oskar Henningsson who secured his maiden tour win recently with an impressive display in the Moravia Silesia Open.

Before that he, like Slattery finished in a share of fourth place in the SAS Masters and you get the impression that getting his first win under his belt could well inspire him to follow up quickly, especially in a field as weak as this, Henningsson could be in his element and the 40/1 on offer looks well worth taking.

With the Race To Dubai in the back of all the players' minds, there is an extra incentive to win, and it is worth keeping a look out for three former winners of this tournament who desperately need the ranking points, Darren Clarke, Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal.

The trio are available at 33/1, 66/1 and 66/1 respectively and Clarke in particular could well be ignited on a course he played so well last year under such immense pressure as he needs to win to even have a chance of making the Ryder Cup team.


Lee Slattery - 33/1

Joost Luiten - 66/1

Oskar Henningsson - 40/1

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