#moxeystips make his European Tour tipping debut with a maiden blog on the KLM Open in the Netherlands. With the game’s big fish resting up Stateside ahead of the FedEx Cup’s closing stretch, this week represents a good opportunity for those guys that are plying their trade on the European Tour to flex their game for a TV audience still wanting their golf fix.
Tough to pick this week, I’ve ended up going with a selection of the main favourites, which is annoying. Others which interested me were Andy Sullivan, Chris Wood, James Morrison and Romain Wattel, so expect one of them to win this week as I’ve left all of them on the bench.
So without further ado…
The Main Picks
- Matthew Fitzpatrick – 28/1
The young Brit is seen above holding the coveted U.S. Amateur trophy. Anyone who’s anyone has won that thing: Ricky Barnes, Danny Lee, Richie Ramsay, oh and Tiger Woods (for three years on the bounce). Now all grown up, FitzP has just turned 21 and scored his way to a pretty impressive breakthrough season. Silver medal winner (top amateur) at The Open in 2013, the Sheffield United fan has been turning the screw of late; a second place finish to Danny Willett in the mountains a month ago was backed up with a 3rd place finish last week. Other impressive showings include a solid 8th in a really class field at The Irish Open and a 3rd place at The Lyoness Open in June. 28/1 looks quite generous.
2. Martin Kaymer – 8/1
The big German just missed out on the FedEx Cup playoffs after finally turning his game around after a really poor season. He was in contention at the U.S. PGA before fading away a bit in the final round but it served as a gentle reminder to a golfing world that was beginning to write him off that he could still knock it about. The two-time major champion followed up his eventual 12th place at Whistling Straits with a 14th the week later. It didn’t earn him a spot in the Playoffs so das Kaymer is back entertaining on European soil once more.
3. Tyrrell Hatton – 22/1
Tyrrell the terrible has gone from strength to strength this year and currently sits inside the world’s top 100 at #93. With the exception of an unlucky missed cut at The Open, Hatton has rarely been outside the top 25, including a 25th place finish at the season final major a few weeks ago. Starts as 3rd favourite here after his 11th place last year.
4. Maximillian Kieffer – 33/1
Another German. They’re everywhere. This one finished 22nd here last year and, similar to Hatton, has tended to be there or thereabouts throughout the season, although he’s never really managed to threaten at the weekend. That could all change this week.
How many birdies have you made this year? Max Kieffer has made 320 (more than anyone else on Tour) He shot 68 today pic.twitter.com/TL3xiOaAMp
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) September 3, 2015
5. Eddie Pepperell – 22/1
4th favourite Pepperell is a 24 year old from Oxford who by his own admission may have under performed a little in 2015. Heavily tipped going into The Open, a final round 76 saw him finish down in a tie for 46th. A 22nd place finish in the Czech Republic last week cleared out the rust from a disappointing time at Whistling Straits for the PGA, and I’m sure he’ll continue that upwards trend in the Netherlands this week.
- Gary Stal – 100/1
Yes, 100/1. I was actually planning on backing Stal in my main 5 picks but such are his current odds he qualifies for the fabled ‘Outsiders’ section. The guy can play. He’s raked in more than 700,000 Euros in prize money this year, an amount which puts him just inside the top 30 on the Race to Dubai (the European Tour money list). Hasn’t played for a month, one hopes he doesn’t use this event to clear out cobwebs. 19th here last year.
2. Tom Lewis – 125/1
A breakthrough tournament is surely just around the corner for Lewis, who has seen pal Eddie Pepperell go on to establish himself as a Tour regular in the last couple of years. 20th in Denmark at the end of August. Could go better here.
3. Johan Carlsson – 150/1
Not basing this on anything except his 5th place finish here last year. Minimal opportunities in the outsiders market this week!