Kennemer seems the type of course where class will generally prevail, and that could bode well for Euro legend JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL. Olly is on the comeback trail after a spate of injuries, and while he’s unlikely to ever consistently return to his best, he is still good enough to win in this company. Not dissimilar to last year’s champion Darren Clarke, as it happens. Olly has made his last seven cuts, and finished sixth on another short links course in the vastly stronger Heritage Classic.
 
Finally, a few words about the rest. Last year’s runner-up Paul McGinley would have a chance if returning to his best, as would Alastair Forsyth. The latter has his ideal track, but nothing over the last few months to recommend him. Lee Slattery and Jamie Donaldson have claims on the best of their 2009 form, though its been comfortably factored into their odds. And at much bigger prices, Gary Orr, Patrick Sjoland and Richie Ramsay all came in for consideration, and could offer some value in the place markets or as in-running trades.
 
Advised bets for the KLM Open:

2pts ew CHRIS WOOD @ 28/1 (GENERAL)
1.5pts ew DANNY WILLETT @ 33/1 (CORAL, SPORTINGBET)
1pt ew ALEXANDER NOREN @ 50/1 (GENERAL)
1pt ew PETER LAWRIE @ 66/1 (BETFRED, LADBROKES, SPORTINGBET)
1pt ew JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL @ 70/1 (SKYBET, 80/1 SPORTINGBET)
 
RACE TO DUBAI

2.5pts ew ROSS FISHER @ 20/1
2.5pts ew PAUL CASEY @ 20/1
6pts win PAUL CASEY @ 8/1
1.5pts ew OLIVER WILSON @ 33/1

2008/2009 STATS: -102pts
2007/2008 STATS: +618pts

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