The Dutch Open returns this week after a Covid- enforced break in 2020 and will have its sights set on the beautiful three-year-old Bernardus Golf Club in the village of Cromvoirt, which will host this event for the first time. A field of 148 golfers will be battling for a $1 million purse.
Designed by Kyle Phillips, who also designed Kingsbarns, and The Grove, The Bernardus Golf Club is a picturesque heathland course that features its fair share of water hazards, which seem to blend seamlessly with the background of the dunes, heath, and gorse.
With none of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings among the top contenders, this year’s field is one the softest of this tournament’s illustrious history. However, with +1000 odds (as given by jazzsports.ag/*) to win it all, sits the favorite, Belgian Thomas Pieters.
Pieters has had some success on the European tour with four wins and even snuck into the top-25 ranking in the world a few years ago, but none of those victories have come in the last two years. At 29, Pieters made his Ryder Cup debut five years ago but has not made the team since and is due for a victory.
A few names to keep an eye on are Thomas Detry, who sits at +1800 odds to win it all, and Joost Luiten, who sits in the middle with +2000 odds as projected by jazzsports.ag/*. Detry is an amazing ball-striker, and his game will play well on the Bernardus course. Add that to his consistent play all season, including multiple top-10 finishes and his first European Tour victory at the Scottish Open this past July, and Detry should be in contention on Sunday.
With a wide-open field, and no clear-cut favorite, we always like to look at the little things that may make a difference during a tournament, and having Bernardus as your home course, might be that edge. Joost Luiten has not had a great season, but he is a two-time winner of his national open both in 2013 and 2016 and practices regularly on Bernardus, making this a home course advantage. Playing on his home course may give Luiten that little extra jolt to keep him in contention all weekend.
Now with the field set, we take a look at the odds to win the whole thing as projected by Jazzsports
|DANIEL VAN TONDER||+4000|
|JOACHIM B HANSEN||+5000|
|FIELD (ANY OTHER)||+325|
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