McIlroy hoping for victory at KLM Open

The KLM Open is the stop on the European tour and takes place in Hilversumsche Golf Club in the Netherlands as one of the tour’s oldest events.

Rory McIlroy will be hoping to follow up his form at the Swiss Masters with another high place finish this weekend, after tying for third in Switzerland for the Omega European Masters over the weekend.

The US Open champion is paired with last year’s British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal as he tees off at 13.20 on Thursday afternoon.
A good finish will help bolster McIlroy’s position in the Race to Dubai rankings where he lies in 2nd place, with Charl Schwartzel of South Africa not too far behind him in 3rd.
Martin Kaymer is 4th in those rankings and the German’s efforts in last week’s tournament in Switzerland set him up nicely for the KLM Open.
Kaymer, who went back to third in the world rankings after his display at the European Masters, is paired with France’s Thomas Levet and Netherland’s own Joost Luiten for an early morning tee off at 8.30am.
Peter Lawrie will have fond memories of this event, after he finished as a tied runner-up with Simon Hedblom back in 2009, and current Irish Open champion Simon Dyson went on to win that year.
Lawrie will tee off in the afternoon at 13.05 alongside Spain’s Jose Manuel Lara and Scotland’s Peter Whiteford.
Paul McGinley will also have reasons to remember this event as a happy hunting ground for himself after he finished as a runner up here in 2004, tied with Australia’s Richard Green and in 2008, when he missed out on the top spot to Darren Clarke.
McGinley’s day gets underway at 8.50am and the Dubliner is paired with Spain’s Gonzalo Fdez-Castano and England’s David Lynn.
Shane Lowry will be hoping to recover his form after missing the cut at the European Masters last weekend and the Offaly man is paired with Denmark’s Soren Hansen and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee as the trio tee-off at 8.45am.
Damien McGrane, who didn’t take part in the weekend’s action in Switzerland, tees off just five minutes after Lowry at 8.50am, alongside France’s Christian Cevaer and his compatriot Jean-Baptiste Gonnet.


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