KLM Open Fantasy Preview

This week’s stop on the Euro Tour is a course called The Dutch which is fittingly in The Netherlands.

It’s a short course with five par 3s, just like last week. It’s only been used for one year, so 2016 KLM Open is the only course history we have.

Despite being inland and having water on 12 holes, most golfers consider this to be a links-style test based on the open nature of the course, mounds guarding the greens, and the fescue grass used throughout the property (fescue tee-to-green while the greens are bentgrass). As it often is with links-style design, wind will likely be a factor. Could be worth splitting tee times if you are creating multiple DraftKings rosters.

For my correlated-course experiment, I’ve collected a bushel of courses that could fit based on course layout, location, and grass types. The two main ones are Wentworth and Crans Sur Sierre GC. After that, I’m looking at the following events as possibly correlated: 2015 Italian, 2015 BMW Int’l, 2016 Open de Espana, 2016 Irish Open, 2016 BMW Int’l, 2016 Porsche Euro, 2016 British Masters, 2017 Rocco Forte, and the 2017 Scottish. Once I get some free time to connect the dots, I’ll be able to narrow this correlated search, but for now I’m just grabbing all the “possible fits”.

Let’s see who could fare well based on this week’s setup…

Top Performers in Weak Fields (since 2015)

Joost Luiten
Brandon Stone
Thomas Aiken
Bernd Wiesberger
Julian Suri
Mikko Korhonen
David Horsey
George Coetzee
Dean Burmester
Chris Wood

Top Performers on Bentgrass Greens (since 2015)

Bernd Wiesberger
Andy Sullivan
Chris Wood
Thongchai Jaidee
Lee Westwood
Ross Fisher
Joost Luiten
Thomas Aiken
Alexander Bjork
Richard Bland

Top Performers in Europe (since 2015)

Bernd Wiesberger
Andy Sullivan
Chris Wood
Ross Fisher
Thongchai Jaidee
Lee Westwood
Joost Luiten
Julian Suri
Alexander Bjork
David Horsey

Top Performers on Short Courses (since 2015)

Joost Luiten
Richard Bland
Alejandro Canizares
Julien Quesne
Richie Ramsay
David Horsey
Maximilian Kieffer
Robert Rock
Ben Evans
Bernd Wiesberger

Top Performers in the Summer (since 2015)

Bernd Wiesberger
Ryan Fox
Andy Sullivan
Fabrizio Zanotti
Joost Luiten
Richard Bland
Julian Suri
Thongchai Jaidee
Lee Westwood
Richie Ramsay

Top Performers on Links-Style Layouts (since 2015)

Bernd Wiesberger
Andy Sullivan
David Horsey
Anthony Wall
Richie Ramsay
Ross Fisher
Fabrizio Zanotti
Ben Evans
Paul Dunne
Richard Bland

Top Performers on Correlated Courses (since 2015)

Lee Westwood
Andy Sullivan
Thongchai Jaidee
Bernd Wiesberger
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Ross Fisher
Joost Luiten
Chris Wood
James Morrison
Nicolas Colsaerts

Golfers that show up on all seven lists: Bernd Wiesberger

Golfers that show up on 6-of-7 lists: Joost Luiten

Golfers that show up on 5-of-7 lists: Andy Sullivan

Golfers that show up on 4-of-7 lists: Ross Fisher, Lee Westwood, David Horsey, Chris Wood, Thongchai Jaidee, Richard Bland

My Top 25 for the 2017 KLM Open

1. Bernd Wiesberger
2. Joost Luiten
3. Andy Sullivan
4. David Horsey
5. Lee Westwood
6. Richard Bland
7. Ross Fisher
8. Chris Wood
9. Thongchai Jaidee
10. Ryan Fox
11. Richie Ramsay
12. Julian Suri
13. Fabrizio Zanotti
14. Padraig Harrington
15. Anthony Wall
16. Paul Dunne
17. Alexander Bjork
18. Maximilian Kieffer
19. Aaron Rai
20. Robert Rock
21. Thomas Aiken
22. Ashley Chesters
23. Adrian Otaegui
24. Mikko Ilonen
25. Thomas Detry

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