Starts: 26th May 2022
Course: Bernardus Golf, Netherlands
Length: 7,425 yards
2021 Champion: Kristoffer Broberg
Designer: Kyle Phillips
Type of Course: Heathland
Used Since: 2021
Rough: Heather and gorse await if too wide
Water Hazard: Average
Par 5's: 4th, 7th, 12th and 18th.
Premium on: Accuracy
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
Continue to exercise caution in relation to Covid-19 related withdrawals.
This event was played in September last year but moves to May this time around.
Cloudy with a gentle breeze. Wind 10mph
Scattered showers. Wind 15mph
Sunny Intervals and a gentle breeze. Wind 8mph
Sunny Intervals and a gentle breeze. Wind 11mph
Favourites or Outsiders
Last year, we saw a massive shock with Broberg winning and the week after a major can always throw up a shock with the best players tired. Outsiders should be chanced.
Designer, Kyle Phillips, has also designed Kingsbarns, Dundonald Links, Yas Links and The Grove. Phillips doesn't have a specific design style so we don't place much emphasis on form from events held at these courses. The course website describes the course as "a Heathland golf course, which makes it accessible to any golfer. The numerous bunkers are laid out beautifully and the tricky water hazards seamlessly blend in with the background of dunes, heath and gorse."
The course was used for the first time in 2021. Those who have played the course before will have the benefit of last year's experience but we shouldn't be put off backing those who didn't play last year.
Last year's champion, Kristoffer Broberg, had no recent form to speak of. Most players have not played since the Soudal Open (12th - 15th May) so don't be too disheartened if your favoured selection hasn't had a strong finish in the past few weeks.
2021 Stats Analysis
SG: Off The Tee
Last year's runner up, Matti Schmid, was 2nd in this category last year. However, Broberg (76th) and 3rd place finsher, Alejandro Canizares (126th), were well down the rankings.
As with SG: Off The Tee, Schmid was inside the top 5 but the other two in the top 3 were outside the top 65.
As with SG: Off The Tee, Schmid was inside the top 5 but the other two in the top 3 were outside the top 50.
Two of the top 3 were in the top 8 in this category. Odd man out was Kristoffer Broberg, who was 30th.
Greens in Regulation
Matti Schmid was the only one of last year's top 3 to be in the top 40 in this category. The German was 5th.
As you may have guessed by now, Kristoffer Broberg was superb on the greens on his way to victory. He topped the putting stats.
"I practice here a lot, it is one of the best practice facilities we have in Holland, so a lot of the top players –even the Belgian players Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters–and I think that will tell you how good this golf course is. It is a great design, it is in great shape and hopefully we have a great week." Joost Luiten
"Bernardus does feel like a home away from home. They have welcomed me ever since I first started coming here two years agoand have been happy for me to practice here and use the facilities which is nice.The course is amazing, so I am really excited to see what they do with everything this week. “All the Dutch pros play here and you can see why." Thomas Pieters
"The greens are very big but if you are on the wrong side you are going to three putt all day, and then driving it, there is still a bit of room, but you have to drive it well and if you can fly it about 270 in the air it gets a lot wider, so I am trying to hit it hard this week." Martin Simonsen
"I found it really enjoyable, it’s got a real links feel to it. I play links golf at home, so I felt right at home." Niall Kearney
"I like the course a lot. If you play bad shots you will get in trouble but if you hit good shots you get plenty of chances, and that is how a course should play. If the wind picks up it is definitely going to be a bit trickier but it is great, especially the back nine, it’s nice for the eye as well." Max Kieffer
"It was good. I like this course a lot because if you can hit it far from the tee you can carry some bunkers 270 metres out, so I have been fortunate to do that, so it has been nice." Marcus Helligkilde
"The golf course is very flowing, there is not a lot of rough and quite a few fairways go into fairways, sort of like a Pinehurst vibe to it, and I really like it. It is a lot different to what we play and it is a good change.It feels quite linksy, the fairways do with the grass, and obviously when you get it in the fescue or whatever you want to call it, it is quite sandy beneath it, like a long bunker shot with some grass involved, so it doesn’t really affect it too much if you have a decent lie so I will be trying to keep it out of that stuff as much as possible." Sam Horsfield
2022 Market Favourites
Thomas Pieters 20/1
Fresh off a busy couple of weeks, finishing 9th in his homeland then making the cut at the PGA Championship to finish 71st. The Belgian has a strong Dutch Open record having won here in 2015 and never worse than 30th in five attempts, including 9th at Bernardus last year. He spoke in last week's DP World Tour blog that travelling back and forth from America at the start of the season was tiring and had fatigued his golf swing so it may be a week to avoid the favourite despite his record here.
Bernd Wiesberger 20/1
Another who made the cut at the PGA last week, finishing 30th. Surprisingly, the Austrian has only had one top 10 this year with the putter holiding him back mostly. It was noticeable Kristoffer Broberg topped the putting stats here on route to victory so Wiesberger will need to improve in this department if he is to win. With finishes of 2nd, 9th and 12th in four starts in the Netherlands, he is a danger but would be preferred at a tougher test.
Nicolai Hojgaard 40/1
The youngster teed it up at the PGA but missed the cut by eight shots. He is yet to make a cut in America, but is a different animal on the DP World Tour. Recorded his first ever Tour top five in Netherlands so will have fond memories and the course should suit with lots of room available off the tee. With the travel involved and six missed cuts in eight starts since that win in Dubai, others are preferred.
Rasmus Hojgaard 30/1
Has had the benefit of a couple of weeks rest since the British Masters. In contrast to his brother, Rasmus has made every cut so far this season and his only top 10 came stateside so is yet to leave his mark on the DP World Tour in 2022. Both of his DP World Tour wins came after at least a week off and he has to be one to keep onside in fantasy or matchups this week. Making his debut in the Netherlands.
Thorbjorn Olesen 33/1
Completed a remarkable comeback from his troubles, winning the British Masters a few weeks ago. Hasn't been seen since on Tour and if he's over the hangover he will be in confident mood of more success. Never had a great record in Netherlands at the peak of his powers with three missed cuts and best finish of 50th in four attempts and may be a week to look at others.
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