Rory To Shake Up KLM Open
Thursday 8th September 06:45 - live on Sky Sports 3
The European Tour event to be held at Hilversumsche Golf Course in the Netherlands boasts three of the top four golfers in the World, albeit without the number one Luke Donald. Martin Kaymer 8/1 is the defending Champion of the KLM Open and he will want to make sure he brings his A-game in order to close down Luke Donald in the rankings.
The German heads a strong field and having finish runner-up in last week's Omega European Masters to Thomas Bjorn he brings good form into the event. It would appear that finally since he brought changes to his swing, when he decided to change from a safe fade shape to a more powerful draw shape, he has begun to produce similar consistent shots of a year ago.
Furthermore Martin Kaymer has expressed his delight at being able to drive from his Dutch home and have his family come to support him over the weekend. All in all the former number one should feel very much at home and undoubtedly will be difficult to defeat.
Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy like Kaymer go into the event as joint favourites at 8/1. Despite Kaymer's advantages it's easy to see why William Hill has been unable to split the three golfers. The US Open Champion McIlroy seems to have shaken off his wrist injury sustained at the US PGA Championship three weeks ago and he battled with Kaymer last week to finish tied third in Switzerland.
World Number two Westwood shared tied sixth at the Omega masters, and he has without doubt been the most consistent player of the trio in 2011. He won this event back in 2009 and if my money had to be on either of the three, my tendency would be to lean towards the Englishman.
As for other contenders in the field, Simon Dyson 25/1 is becoming a household name in golf thanks to his recent performances and considering he is a two-time champion (2006 and 2009) at Hilversumsche he has one of the best chances of putting the cat amongst the pigeons this weekend.
Ross Fisher 25/1 was another former winner back in 2007 when he won by one shot over Dutchmen Joost Luiten 33/1 and therefore must stand a chance. The sponsors of the KLM will be hoping for a strong performance from a local and along with Luiten there are Maarten Lafeber 100/1 and Robert-Jan Derksen 125/1. Although not big names, course knowledge always plays a part in golf and a top ten finish for those three is bound to see some return.
Now that the four majors are over it will be important for the top players to put in consistent top ten finishes and not let the likes of Luke Donald run away with the lead in The Race to Dubai. Rory McIlroy is the one who has the biggest chance of catching him, currently in second with €2,038,794 of prize money. Who will be the one to emerge as his main rival and will they start their chase here at the KLM Open?