Dutch Open - DP World Tour: Preview

01 June 2022 22:19:07 GMTPlus10
Thomas Pieters is seeking a seventh DP World Tour title

The DP World Tour heads to the Netherlands this week for the 2022 Dutch Open and another strong field will be battling it out for glory at Bernardus Golf.

After the nerve-jangling finish at the PGA Championship on Sunday, this week's event in Cromvoirt has an added major incentive with three places in The 150th Open at St Andrews up for grabs for the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) finishing in the top 10 and ties.

Not only that, but the Dutch Open is also the third of the four-event European Qualifying Series, with players continuing to vie for one of the 10 spots available for next month's US Open at The Country Club, Brookline.

Belgian Thomas Pieters is the highest ranked player in the field at 36th in the world and he is 22/1 to land his seventh DP World Tour title, while Bernd Wiesberger (20/1), Adrian Meronk (25/1), Ryan Fox (25/1) and Jordan Smith (28/1) are all expected to put in strong challenges for glory.

bet365 are offering five places at a quarter of the odds, while there are also eight, 10 and 12 places on offer in the Each Way Extra market, and you can follow all the action on our Live Golf Tracker.

Dutch Open courses details

This will be the second year running Bernardus Golf will host the Dutch Open and, if last year is anything to go by, this will be another low-scoring event.

Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg finished -23 to claim the spoils in 2021, three strokes ahead of German Matti Schmid in second, and the duo are priced at 125/1 and 60/1 respectively to triumph this week.

Bernardus Golf is a par-72 that stretches over 7,425 yards, with four par-fives, 10 par-fours and four par-threes. Although there is plenty of water around the course, the generous fairways, light rough and slow greens make this a scoring paradise.

Dutch Open previous course winner taking part

Kristoffer Broberg

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Three to follow

Richard Mansell

Having that bit of extra power, off the tee especially, could prove crucial this week and the first player that looks worthy of consideration is Englishman Richard Mansell - priced at 50/1 to triumph.

The world number 421 has been getting closer to breaking his DP World Tour duck, with a tied-eighth finish at the British Masters followed by a T23 at the Soudal Open, and this week's venue looks like it will suit his game perfectly.

Mansell is sixth in strokes gained: off-the-tee and averages over 315 yards in driving distance, while he has also impressed with his iron play and ranks sixth in greens in regulation.

The Englishman also has a warm affinity for this course, having finished tied-sixth last year, and that elusive breakthrough may not be far away.

Ross Fisher

Another Englishman that could challenge is Ross Fisher, who has fond memories of this tournament having won the 2007 edition when it was named the KLM Open and is 90/1 to triumph again.

The 41-year-old has tasted success since 2014 but he has shown signs of recovery this season, with a runners-up result at The Ras Al Khaimah Classic and a T6 at the MyGolfLife Open big highlights of 2022.

Fisher is third in strokes gained: off-the-tee and is averaging over 313 yards in driving distance this season, while his ranking of fourth in greens in regulation show his iron play has been razor-sharp.

Callum Shinkwin

Sticking with the English theme and Callum Shinkwin - 75/1 to claim the spoils - can't be ignored given he is 18th in strokes gained: off-the-tee and averages over 313 yards in driving distance.

The 29-year-old broke his DP World Tour duck at the 2020 Cyprus Open, so he knows how to handle pressure situations after he won that event via a play-off, and he produced a solid showing at the British Masters recently when ending up in share of 16th.

Shinkwin also has good memories of playing in the Netherlands, having finished fifth at the KLM Open in 2019 at The International in Amsterdam - just an hour away from Bernardus Golf - and he looks like he will be a lively contender this week.

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