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About the KLM Open

The KLM Open is part of the European Tour, Europe’s foremost professional golf circuit. The tournament will be played on Dutch soil for the 94th time in 2013. In recent years the prize purse has risen to EUR 1.8 million, with the winner receiving EUR 300,000. Attracting 50,000 spectators, it is one of the best-attended tournaments on the European Tour.

For the tenth year in a row KLM is the event’s lead sponsor. Together with partners Deloitte and ABN AMRO, KLM has elevated the KLM Open to an even higher plane in recent years. The tournament is among the most progressive professional sporting events in terms of the spectator experience, business relations/marketing, the use of new media and eco-friendliness. In 2012 the KLM Open was awarded the title of ‘most sustainable golf event in Europe’ for the second time.

The KLM Open 2013 will be held at the Kennemer Golf & Country Club in Zandvoort. Peter Hanson is the reigning champion.

 

For volunteers
Many volunteers already signed up for the KLM Open this year. New applications will be placed on a waiting list. Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you in September.

Lost and found
Have you lost something during the KLM Open? Let us know at gevondenvoorwerpen@klmopen.nl and we will try to find it for you.

Format

The tournament consists of 72 holes played over four days. The professionals play 18 holes a day. The game format is stroke play, during which each stroke played by each player is counted. The player who has played the fewest strokes at the end of four rounds wins the tournament. After two days of play, the players with the 70 lowest scores progress to the third and fourth rounds. This elimination process is called the cut.

In the event of a tie for first place, the championship will be decided by a sudden-death play-off immediately following the fourth round. The first player to take fewer strokes than his opponent(s) to hole his ball wins the tournament.

Location

Kennemer Golf & Country Club

The Kennemer Golf & Country Club was established on 11 December 1910 in Santpoort and has been located in Zandvoort since 1928. The course has undergone various adaptations over the years.  

COURSE

Kennemer Golf & Country Club
Kennemerweg 78
2042 XT Zandvoort

Circuit address:
Burgemeester van Alphenstraat 108
2041 KP Zandvoort  

Route

Visitors to the KLM Open may park on the Circuit Park Zandvoort. Parking tickets can be booked online, at a cost of EUR 5.00, when purchasing entrance tickets. You may also buy your parking ticket (again for EUR 5.00) at the event reception

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Players

KLM Open 2012

KLM Open Champions

The KLM Open has a rich history that includes 93 champions. The International Dutch Open Golf Championship trophy is engraved with the names of such great golfing heroes as Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.

Prize purse
The prize purse for the KLM Open 2013 amounts to EUR 1.8 million. This will be divided amongst the leading 70 players after four rounds. The winner will receive EUR 300,000.

Joost Luiten

Born: 7 January 1986
Country: Netherlands
Best KLM Open performance: 2nd in 2007

Joost Luiten achieved his best result in the KLM Open in 2007. The then 21-year-old from Bleiswijk finished in second place at the Kennemer Club, one shot behind Ross Fisher. In that year Luiten earned the most prize money ever won by a Dutch golfer in a single season; EUR 905,000. Luiten has since won his second title on the European Tour, at the Lyoness Open in Austria. He won his first tournament in November 2011: the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia. Currently ranked 69th in the Race to Dubai, this year he is once again the highest-ranked Dutchman on the European Tour.

Read more about Joost Luiten on the European Tour.

Simon Dyson

Born: 21 December 1977
Country: England
Best KLM Open performance: Champion in 2006, 2009 and 2011

Simon Dyson will, of course, be present at this year’s KLM Open. The Englishman has won no less than three of the last seven editions: in 2006, 2009 and 2011. Although Dyson managed to win one of these titles at the Hilversum Golf & Country Club, the Kennemer, where he has won twice, is his preferred course. Dyson has won six tournaments on the European Tour, the first being the Indonesian Open in 2006.

Read more about Simon Dyson on the European Tour.

Miguel Ángel Jiménez

Born: 5 January 1964
Country: Spain
Best KLM Open performance: Champion in 1994

Miguel Ángel Jiménez is a crowd favourite wherever he plays. The Spanish maestro, winner of 19 tournaments, including the KLM Open in 1994, became the oldest ever winner of a European Tour tournament last year. He celebrated his victory at the Hong Kong Open at the respectable age of 48 years and 318 days. Jiménez has spent much of this season out of action after breaking his leg while skiing. But he soon showed that he had not lost his form by gaining an impressive fourth place at the prestigious BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth. That particular tournament was the 600th on the European Tour for Jiménez, who has a penchant for Rioja wine and fat cigars.

Read more about Miguel Ángel Jiménez on the European Tour.

Matteo Manassero

Born: 19 April 1993
Country: Italy
Best KLM Open performance: 26th in 2010 

Matteo Manassero is an enormous talent. At just 20 years of age, this golfer from Verona has already won four tournaments on the European Tour and leads the Race to Dubai, the European Tour’s annual rankings. In May he won the European Tour’s flagship tournament, the BMW PGA Championship. Most golf experts expect Manassero to make the Ryder Cup team. For a 20-year-old, the Italian golfer cuts a remarkably mature figure. The well-known golfing expression ‘An old head on young shoulders’ could have been written for Matteo Manassero.

Read more about Matteo Manassero on the European Tour.

Thorbjørn Olesen

Born: 21 December 1989
Country: Denmark
Best KLM Open performance: played once in 2011, missed cut

As one of the minor golfing countries, Denmark is punching above its weight this year with no less than nine players on the European Tour. Great things are expected of Thorbjørn Olesen with many in the know seeing him as the next European superstar. According to fellow Dane Thomas Björn, Ryder Cup player and winner of 13 tournaments on the European Tour, the 23-year-old Olesen is set to eclipse Björn’s illustrious career by winning major tournaments in the future. Olesen won the European Tour’s Sicilian Open in 2012. He finished sixth in The Masters, second in Abu Dhabi and third in Dubai. Last year, in addition to winning the Sicilian Open, he achieved his first top-10 finish in a major with ninth place in the British Open.

Read more about Thorbjørn Olesen on the European Tour.

Paul Casey

Born: 21 July 1977
Country: England
Best KLM Open performance: 46th in 2012

Paul Casey already has 11 European Tour titles to his name. The man nicknamed Popeye, thanks to his incredible lower arm muscles, has also won a tournament on the PGA Tour in the United States. Casey has represented Europe twice in the Ryder Cup but has suffered a series of injuries over the past year and a half, including a very unfortunate accident while snowboarding. The Englishman is now fit again and a fit Casey could be a genuine contender for the KLM Open title.

Read more about Paul Casey on the European Tour.

Alvaro Quirós

Born: 21 January 1983
Country: Spain
Best KLM Open performance: 34th in 2010

Alvaro Quirós is a phenomenon on the European Tour. The always cheerful Spaniard can hit the ball further than most, producing the European Tour’s longest drives in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. But this is not the only feather in his cap otherwise he would not have won six European Tour tournaments. His most enjoyable victory came in 2011 at the Dubai World Championship, the Tour’s prestigious closing tournament. The following year was not so successful, as Quirós was sidelined for five months with a wrist injury.

Read more about Alvaro Quirós on the European Tour.

Robert-Jan Derksen

Born: 3 January 1974
Country: Netherlands
Best KLM Open performance: 12th in 2011

Robert-Jan Derksen has enjoyed an 11-year unbroken run on the European Tour. The 39-year-old from Nijmegen has recorded two wins at the highest level. In 2003 he scored his dream victory in the Dubai Desert Classic, beating Ernie Els. Two years later he won the Madeira Open. This year Derksen finished fourth in the Volvo China Open and his card for the European Tour 2014 is almost secured.

Read more about Robert-Jan Derksen on the European Tour.

Follow KLM Open

Caddy Booklet

Visitors to the KLM Open receive a handy caddy booklet each day, full of interesting tournament information. The caddy booklet is free and is available at the tournament entrance and other locations.
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KLM Open App

Download the official KLM Open app! The app is intuitive and easy to use, and can be downloaded for iPhone and Android. It provides lots of information on the holes and the players, as well as guiding you easily around the course, and you can share your experiences on Twitter.

KLM Open radio

You can listen to KLM Open Radio for the duration of the KLM Open. Listen live to the latest news from the course and interviews with the Dutch players and the tournament leaders. It also provides leader board updates, so you always know the current state of play.

Village

KLM Open village

The KLM Open Village offers golf and sports enthusiasts the ultimate experience in terms of sport, entertainment and lifestyle. The Village is right next door to the course and has a large terrace with restaurants, seating and a giant scoreboard screen, so you don’t miss any of the action. The KLM Open Village is also the setting for Expo and the KLM Open Golf Academy.

Expo
The Expo in the KLM Open Village is the Netherlands’ largest golf trade fair. With more than 50 exhibitors it has everything you could wish for in the fields of golf, fashion, lifestyle, travel, holiday accommodation and much more. Check again soon for a full list of participating exhibitors.

KLM Open Birdie restaurant

Want to make a day of it? Treat your friends, family, clients or colleagues to lunch or dinner at the KLM Open Birdie Restaurant, located in the Village.

The Players Bar
The circular Players Bar is situated in the middle of the KLM Open Village terrace. After the day’s play, the enjoyment continues into the evening to the sounds of a DJ.

Food Court
Healthy rolls, a refreshing salad or the renowned KLM burger and fries. The Food Court is the place for a time-out.

Wine Bar
Choose your favourite wine. The Wine Bar, on the KLM Open Village terrace, offers a wide choice of fine wines from various countries and regions.