KLM Open. Paul Picks Up The Trophy.

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Paul Casey picks up the KLM Open trophy at Kennemer Golf & Country Club in Holland.

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Paul carded a final round of -4 under par 66 to lift the KLM Open trophy with a tournament total of -14 under par. Looking at the names on this old trophy, it has been contested for over 90 years, he admitted that he was very honored to have his name inscribed alongside them. Paul is also a proud new dad, fiancée Pollyanna gave birth to the couple’s son on September 1;
I’m a bit emotional to be honest, it was very care free for three and a half days, because if I played well or poorly I was going to go home to see my baby, and then I got to the last three holes and I thought I really want this, not that he is old enough to understand.” 

“This tournament has been going for more than 90 years and looking at the names on the trophy, you have Seve, Langer, Payne Stewart. It’s got some great names so to add my name to that is a great honor.”

“Just having my first child was a great distraction. I had no expectations coming into the week and I did very little practice, although I’ve played good golf. Even flying in Wednesday morning to spend as much time at home as possible, so I was apprehensive as to how I was going to play.”

” I couldn’t have dreamed it would turn out this way. It’s not that I wasn’t trying my hardest on the course, but you just don’t know how it will turn out. I’m absolutely over the moon. First tournament as a Dad and first win as a Dad!”

In second place was fellow Englishman Simon Dyson, just one shot behind at -13 under par, Simon recorded a final round of -5 under par 65, and came so close to winning. To complete the round-up another English player captured third place, Andy Sullivan Aced the 15th on his way to posting -12 under par, and claiming the hole in one prize, a trip into space;

” It was such a rollercoaster out there today, and this week, so to top it off by going to space is great. I was on the comeback after a few bad holes and the caddie pulled out a nine iron and said try to cut it in there, luckily it came off and it went in.”

“I’m not sure if I’ll go, I’ll check with the missus. I’m not great with heights or flying! I might have to pluck up some coverage. I don’t think spaceman is a new nickname for me.”

“My daughter will think I’m the best dad in the world, a professional golfer and an astronaut, she’s got the best dad in the world! I’m going to have to pluck up some serious courage, but it is a once in a lifetime experience, so I’m going to have to do it.”

“My caddie just shouted to me, ‘we’re going to space’. I was in hysterics. It’s just an unreal experience. I didn’t play great through the round and then I hit a shot like that. I had two twos on there, but not been close to it. So I wasn’t really even thinking about it.”

“It’s been such a rollercoaster of a day. I just strapped myself in and went for the ride. Overall it’s been a great week and I’ve really enjoyed myself here at the KLM Open.”

KLM Open. Romain Relishes Maiden Victory

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Romain Wattel relishes his maiden victory on the European Tour, and it looks likely here at the KLM Open.

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Romain produced a magnificent putting display to card a third round -6 under par 64 which took him to the top of the KLM Open leaderboard at Kennemar Golf & Country Club in Holland, with a -14 under par total, and a three shot lead for the final round.

He had plenty to say about his golf, and being in this position for the first time;

“I don’t know what the game plan is for tomorrow, I will think about that tonight. I was just trying to play as well as I could today. I knew I was playing well the last few weeks, so I just said to myself to play the best golf I could.” 

“I don’t know what the other players will do tomorrow, the only thing I can do is to do the best I can and concentrate on my own game. I played really good today. I struggled on the start with a poor tee shot on the first, but then I hit some good shots and got some confidence.”

“The last few weeks, the only thing I’ve struggled with is the ball flight of my irons. This week you have some tough shots, so I really managed to play some strong shots this week.”

“I’m not really affected by people saying I will definitely win on The European Tour. I know that if I play good enough I will win one day. Maybe that will be tomorrow, maybe it will be in two years. The most important thing for me is to play some good golf.” 

“I’m not in the top 100 in the world so I can’t play the Majors or the WGCs. So I’m just trying to improve my game week after week. I’m feeling confident, but even if I don’t win tomorrow it will have been a good week for me and I will try to keep doing the same, and maybe it will be next week.”

It is the first time I’ve led after three days, so it’s great. It won’t be easy tomorrow. They expect some winds, but I’m really happy with the situation I am in. It is always nice to be in the last group of the tournament, I like to be under pressure. It is in the tense moments that you produce your best shots.”

Three shots back is Richie Ramsay at -11 under par, he signed for a -5 under par 65 and is well in place to contend in the final round. Nearly recording a hole in one and a good golfing attitude pleases him greatly;

“My attitude pleased me today, I nearly got a hole in one on 11 again. It was playing tough, a front pin and it was a seven iron to four feet, so three shots in two days on the hole is a good effort.”

“I’ve been working on the mental side and being a bit more patient, and I’ve worked on the short irons. I was making too many mistakes. I’ve started making birdies now. It was a small change but it has worked.”

“I’m in a lovely position. The golf course played great again. It’s getting bouncy and favours shotmakers. I need the same attitude tomorrow, so I’m hoping to go out and enjoy it as you don’t get this sort of opportunity all the time.”

Third placed Paul Casey can not be ruled out, Paul came close to creating European Tour history today, his final approach shot of the day, on the 9th hit the pin and spun away off the green. If it had dropped it would have been a 59 for Paul, unfortunately he took three shots to get the ball in the hole, for a bogey and carded a -8 under par 62, and -10 under par total.The same form tomorrow could see him race up the leaderboard and put some pressure on those above him.

KLM Open. Pablo Larrazábal Shoots 62, to Lead

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Pablo Larrazábal carded a course record 62 at Kennemer Golf & Country Club to lead the KLM Open at the mid-way point.

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Starting on the 10th hole today Pablo scored  six consecutive birdies to card 28 strokes for the back nine, with three birdies and one bogey on the front gave him his 62 for the round, and a two shot lead over the field with a -10 under par tournament total.

Pablo spoke about the fast start, and how he was thinking of recording the first 59 on the European Tour;

“I started very fast with birdies on the first six holes and then I tried just to play golf and put myself in position to make some more but the round cooled down a little bit in the middle.” 

“After starting with six birdies I was thinking, it is a par 70, I only need five more for a first 59 on The European Tour. The middle of the round it cooled down but it was a great shot into the last to finish with a 62.”

“I was aware of the 59 more than the course record. I thought about the 59 when I started with six birdies. I thought I only need five more to make the magic number, but maybe I put pressure on a bit more. I’ve a few course records around Spain but none on The European Tour, so it is nice.”

“It is tough to make birdies here but I putted great. I worked on Wednesday with my coach and my reading is a lot better, I’m making putts. I’m hitting the ball good, not as good as the past, but I’m making putts.”

Second place is shared by Romain Wattle and Edoardo Molinari, both on -8 under par for the tournament, with Richie Ramsay, Soren Hansen and Peter Uihlein tied in fourth spot at -6 under par.

Peter almost matched Pablo’s brilliant outward 28, carding five birdies to race to the turn in 29 strokes.

Dutchman Joost Luiten was among the afternoon starters after his opening lead gave him a share of the lead on day one, but a second round of even par 70 stopped him making any further progress and he is now five shots back of the leader at -5 under par. Overnight co-leader Jamie McLeary  had to return early to complete his first round, but sadly dropped two shots before starting his second round, which did not fare so well, he carded +2 over par and is now out of contention at -1 under par for the tournament.

KLM Open. Joost and Jamie Share the Lead.

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Joost Luiten jumped into the lead to the delight of the Dutch spectators, but he has been joined at the top of the leaderboard by Jamie McLeary. Jamie has yet to complete his round, play was delayed due to an on course accident, and bad light then stopped play.

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Joost started the KLM Open with a -5 under par 65 at his home tournament, on the Kennemer Golf & Country Club course in Holland. He was obviously very happy to begin the tournament in style;

“It is always nice to shoot a 65, I played well and didn’t make any mistakes. That’s the key on this course, keep the ball in play and take your chances. For me it was a good solid round and I hit some nice spots.”

“You have to take your chances. Sometimes you can be conservative and take irons off the tee but if you feel good with the drive you have to hit it and make a tough hole into a birdie hole. It all depends how the winds but I was hitting my drive well and I tried to take advantage of that.”

A trio players are currently tied in third place, Gary Stal, Edorado Molinari and Andrea Pavan, all on -4 under par following their opening rounds of 66.

There was a delay during the round when Alexandre Kaleka, who was teeing off from the 14th tee box, had a wild swing, sending the ball down the 16th fairway. The ball fiercely striking Fabrizio Zanotti on the head and he needed medical treatment on the course, and was then taken to Hospital. He was accompanied by fellow players Felipe Aguilar and Ricardo Gonzalez, who withdrew from the tournament to stay with him.

Euro Tour. KLM Open. Joost Luiten Lights Up The Leaderboard

It was Dutch delight in the KLM Open as Joost Luiten’s name was up in lights at the top of the leaderboard, winning his home title in Holland.

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Joost became the first Dutchman to win his home title with his victory at the KLM Open at Kennemer Golf & Country Club in Zandvort, Holland, in a sudden death play-off. Joost, who started the day with a one shot lead, had finished the tournament at -12 under par, tied with Miguel Angel Jiménez. The last round scores were; Joost with a -2 under par 68, while Miguel carded -3 under par 69. So a play-off was required to find the winner. It did not take long as Joost won the first play-off hole, the 18th, with a par, Miguel missed his six-foot par attempt.

It was a day of double Dutch delight as compatriot Daan Huizing won the Kharkov Superior Cup on The Challenge Tour, in the Ukraine.

The winning putt brought a massive cheer from the packed home gallery, and Joost thinks the victory will be good for Dutch golf. This is also his second victory this year having  won the Lyoness Open, powered by Greenfinity in Austria earlier this season. He was full of praise for Miguel’s play today;

“Miguel was playing great, especially on the front nine when he started with four birdies in six holes and I was struggling a little bit. I made a few mistakes and although I saved par each time I thought to just hang in there until the back nine and hopefully I can make a move there and that happened. I don’t know what it means for Dutch golf but I think it’s pretty big. Maarten Lafeber won it in 2003 and that was huge, and to have another Dutch winner now I think it will help the game here and hopefully we can create more Dutch winners for this tournament.”

Miguel was hoping to record his 13th victory since turning 40 years old, but in the end had to settle for second place;

“It was a tough day in the wind and not easy for anyone. I was happy to be in contention once more.”

 Simon Dyson, a  three-time champion here, finished three shots back in a share of third place alongside fellow Englishman Ross Fisher, Ireland’s Damien McGrane and France’s Grégory Havret, all finishing on -9 under par.

Euro Tour. KLM Open. Dutch Delight as Luiten’s Leads.

Joost Luiten brought some Dutch delight to the home crowd as he leads the KLM Open at  the Kennemer Golf and Country Club in Holland.

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Joost Luiten / Getty Images

In wet and windy conditions Joost fired in a third round -4 under par 66 at Kennemer to top the leaderboard at -10 under par. Joost is trying to become the first Dutchman in ten years to win the home tournament, and he said it had been a tough day;

“It was tough, it was a day all about surviving, especially on the front nine when it was raining and very windy. You knew it was going to be very tough, par was a pretty good score. If you said I would make par before we started I would probably have signed for it so four under is even better and I am pretty happy. I am just trying to enjoy it, it’s great to see all the people out there even when its raining and a day like this. You know everyone is behind you and you just try to play as good as you can and that’s what I am trying to do.”

Miguel Angel Jiménez  is still there, just one shot behind at -9 under par. Miguel did not fare so well in the tougher conditions and had to fight hard just to post an even round of 70.

Sharing third place are Julien Quesne and Damien McGraine, both players at -8 under par. Julien carding Par, while Damien climbed up the leaderboard with his battling -3 under par 67.

Damien said he had enjoyed the day;

“It was really enjoyable, my short game was razor sharp which you need in tough conditions. I managed not to drop any shots all day which was a great achievement I am very content.  I enjoyed it only because I was able to hang in there and picked up a couple of birdies close to the end which turned it into a very good day. When the conditions get tough it falls back on chipping and putting and today I was pretty good at it. Some of the holes are brutal, especially on the front nine, and when I weathered as far as number six I knew it would get a little easier. I’ve been showing reasonable form so I am looking forward to getting to this time tomorrow evening and see what it brings.”

The top of the leaderboard is still tightly packed, Simon Dyson and Oliver Fisher are tied fifth, at -7 under par and a shot further back are Hennie Otto and Robert Allenby.

The final round on Sunday will be an interesting affair, and I guess the weather will play a major part in what happens, but good luck to Joost Luiten.

Euro Tour. KLM Open. Pablo and Miguel Spanish Duo Share Lead.

The Spanish duo of Miguel Angel Jiménez and Pablo Larrazábal share the lead at the KLM Open at the half way stage in Holland.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez /Getty Images

Miguel fired a bogey free -3 under par 67 for his total score of -9 under par for the tournament. He is hoping that it will be his turn to win this week, after missing out last week in Switzerland;

“This course suits me, it’s not a very long course but you have to have the ball in position. I like this kind of links course and I feel very comfortable with my game. I didn’t manage to get the win in Switzerland last week, but maybe this week it will be my turn, I hope so.”

Pablo had two bogey’s in his second round -4 under par 66, to also reach -9 under par for the tournament at the Kennemer Golf Club, He said he had lost count of the putts he had missed on the back nine in a wet afternoon. Playing with Miguel tomorrow would be good, and a lot of fun;

“I’m happy, I’m hitting the ball as good as ever. I don’t know how many putts I missed today on that back nine. But I am on top of the leaderboard at the moment, the conditions were not good this afternoon, it was raining all the way so I am very happy with my game. It’s always good, we spend many practice rounds together, maybe 95 per cent we play together. We know each other well and have a lot of fun. We have a lot of dinners together.”

Simon Dyson, who won at Kennemer in 2006 and 2009 shot a bogey free -7 under par 63 second round, to finish tied in second place at -8 under par. Simon reported that he had a really solid round, and knows he can play well here;

“I’ve done well in previous years and played well around it today. I played really solid apart from the last two holes and never looked like making bogey. I hit a poor tee shot on the eighth, which was my 17th, and the lie determined the shot I had to play. I had quite a lot of room to pitch it on the green but had a terrible lie so had to play a little bump and run, a proper links shot, and managed to play it well. 
On the last I didn’t quite strike the chip as I wanted to but it was nice to roll the putt in and have a bogey-free round.”

Joining Simon in second place are Oliver Fisher and Julien Quesne, both players had a second round score of -5 under par 65, Julien bogey free and Oliver carding one bogey.

Top placed Dutchman is now Joost Luiten, a second round -5 under par 65 got him into a tie for seventh place at -6 under par. Missing the cut were Paul Casey and Padraig Harrington. Paul had shown signs of recovery lately but has slipped back, Padraig continues his disappointing season.