European Tour KLM Open

KLM Open sign at the tournament in 2013
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The KLM Open is a golf tournament on the European Tour, played in The Netherlands. Historically it was known as the Dutch Open. It's one of the older tournaments in Europe, its origins dating to 1912. It also is one of the European Tour originals, being played every year since the European Tour's founding in 1972.

2018 KLM Open

  • When: Sept. 13-16
  • Where: The Dutch in Spijk, Netherlands

2017 Tournament
Romain Wattel finished with a string of seven consecutive pars, and that was good enough for a one-stroke victory.

It was Wattel's first career win on the European Tour. He finished at 15-under 269, one better than runner-up Austin Connelly.

2016 KLM Open
Joost Luiten's final round was so good that a closing bogey didn't stop him from winning. Luiten shot 63 in the final round, including birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 17, to win by three strokes over runner-up Bernd Wiesberger. Luiten finished at 19-under 265 and, with his previous win here in 2013, became the first Dutch golfer to win the Dutch Open twice since the creation of the European Tour in 1972. (The only other Netherlands golfer to win the KLM Open in that time is Maarten Lefeber in 2003.)

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KLM Open Tournament Records:

  • 72 holes: 261 - Thomas Pieters, 2015
  • 18 holes: 60 - Matthew Fitzpatrick, 2015

KLM Open Golf Courses:

The KLM Open has moved between multiple golf courses in its long history. Its current course, Kennemer Golf & Country Club, has alternated hosting duties with Hilversumche Golf Club since 2002, although Hilversumsche also was the site many times prior to 2002.

Noordwijkse Golf Club, Rosendaelsche Golf Club and The Royal Haagsche Golf & Country Club are other courses to stage the event during its European Tour years.

KLM Open Trivia and Notes:

  • Since the foundation of the European Tour in 1972, three golfers have won the KLM Open three times: Seve Ballesteros (1976, 1980, 1986); Bernhard Langer (1984, 1992, 2001); and Simon Dyson (2006, 2009, 2011).
  • Ballesteros' 1976 victory was his first win on the European Tour. He won by eight strokes.
  • In the full history of the tournament, its most-frequent winner was Flory Van Donck of Belgium. Van Donck won it five times - 1936, 1937, 1946, 1951 and 1953.
  • The 1939 Dutch Open was the first tournament in Europe won by South African Bobby Locke.
  • Per-Ulrik Johansson shot 78 in the opening round at the 1991 Heineken Dutch Open. But then he set the tournament scoring record of 62 in the third round. Unfortunately for Johansson, Payne Stewart also shot 62 in the third round, and Stewart won by nine shots.
  • That was Stewart's only victory on the European Tour. Another American who earned his only Euro Tour win here was Scott Hoch, who won the 1995 tournament.
  • Jose Maria Olazabal's win at the 1989 tournament required a 9-hole playoff. Olazabal outlasted Roger Chapman and Ronan Rafferty in that playoff, establishing a Euro Tour record for longest sudden-death playoff.
  • J.H. Taylor was 58 years old when he won the 1929 Dutch Open. It was the last victory in a significant tournament by any member of the Great Triumvirate (Taylor, Harry Vardon, James Braid).
  • Tournament scoring records for both 72 holes and 18 holes were set in 2015. Winner Thomas Pieters' 261 lowered the tourney record by two strokes. And Matthew Fitzpatrick shot 60 in the second round. Fitzpatrick missed by an inch sinking a putt on the 18th hole that would have given him the first 59 in European Tour history.
  • Since the tournament became part of the European Tour in 1972, the first Dutch winner was Maarten Lefeber in 2003. Joost Luiten (2013, 2016) was the first Dutch golfer to win twice since 1972.

Winners of the KLM Open:

(p-playoff; w-weather shortened)

KLM Open
2017 - Romain Wattel, 269
2016 - Joost Luiten, 265
2015 - Thomas Pieters, 261
2014 - Paul Casey, 266
2013 - Joost Luiten-p, 268
2012 - Peter Hanson, 266
2011 - Simon Dyson, 268
2010 - Martin Kaymer, 266
2009 - Simon Dyson-p, 265
2008 - Darren Clarke, 264
2007 - Ross Fisher, 268
2006 - Simon Dyson-p, 270
2005 - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 269
2004 - David Lynn, 264

Dutch Open
2003 - Maarten Lafeber, 267

The TNT Open
2002 - Tobias Dier, 263
2001 - Bernhard Langer-p, 269

TNT Dutch Open
2000 - Stephen Leaney, 269
1999 - Lee Westwood, 269
1998 - Stephen Leaney, 266

Sun Microsystems Dutch Open
1997 - Sven Struver, 266
1996 - Mark McNulty, 266

Heineken Dutch Open
1995 - Scott Hoch, 269
1994 - Miguel Angel Jimenez, 270
1993 - Colin Montgomerie, 281
1992 - Bernhard Langer-p, 277
1991 - Payne Stewart, 267

KLM Dutch Open
1990 - Stephen McAllister, 274
1989 - Jose Maria Olazabal-p, 277
1988 - Mark Mouland, 274
1987 - Gordon Brand Jr., 272
1986 - Seve Ballesteros, 271
1985 - Graham Marsh, 282
1984 - Bernhard Langer, 275
1983 - Ken Brown, 274
1982 - Paul Way, 276
1981 - Harold Henning, 280

Dutch Open
1980 - Seve Ballesteros, 280
1979 - Graham Marsh, 285
1978 - Bob Byman-w, 214
1977 - Bob Byman, 278
1976 - Seve Ballesteros, 275
1975 - Hugh Baiocchi, 279
1974 - Brian Barnes-w, 211
1973 - Doug McClelland, 279
1972 - Jack Newton, 277
1971 - Ramon Sota, 277
1970 - Vicente Fernandez, 279
1969 - Guy Wolstenholme, 277
1968 - John Cockin, 292
1967 - Peter Townsend, 282
1966 - Ramon Sota, 277
1965 - Angel Miguel, 278
1964 - Sewsunker Sewgolum, 275
1963 - Retief Waltman, 279
1962 - Brian Huggett, 274
1961 - Brian Wilkes, 279
1960 - Sewsunker Sewgolum, 279
1959 - Sewsunker Sewgolum, 283
1958 - Dave Thomas, 277
1957 - John Jacobs, 284
1956 - Antonio Cerda, 277
1955 - Alfonso Angelini-p, 280
1954 - Ugo Grappasonni-p, 295
1953 - Flory Van Donck, 281
1952 - Cecil Denny, 284
1951 - Flory Van Donck, 281
1950 - Roberto De Vicenzo, 269
1949 - Jimmy Adams, 294
1948 - Cecil Denny, 290
1947 - Joop Ruhl, 290
1946 - Flory Van Donck, 290
1940-45 - Not played
1939 - Bobby Locke, 281
1938 - Alf Padgham, 281
1937 - Flory Van Donck, 286
1936 - Flory Van Donck, 285
1935 - Sid Brews, 275
1934 - Sid Brews, 286
(Note: Tournaments prior to 1934 were 36 holes in duration.)
1933 - Marcel Dallemagne, 143
1932 - Auguste Boyer, 137
1931 - Frank Dyer, 145
1930 - Jacob Oosterveer, 152
1929 - J.H.

Taylor, 153
1928 - Ernest Whitcombe, 141
1927 - Percy Boomer, 147
1926 - Aubrey Boomer, 151
1925 - Aubrey Boomer, 144
1924 - Aubrey Boomer, 138
1923 - Henry Burrows, 153
1922 - George Pannell, 160
1921 - Henry Burrows, 151
1920 - Henry Burrows, 155
1919 - Dirk Oosterveer, 158
1918 - Florent Gevers, 159
1917 - Jacob Oosterveer, 160
1916 - Charles Bryce, 152
1915 - Gerry del Court van Krimpen, 152
1913-14 - Not played
1912 - George Pannell, 162