Ashun Wu struck a birdie on the 18th hole at The Dutch golf course to win the 2018 KLM Open. The Chinese golfer planted his ball next to the flag with a phenomenal second stroke on a par 5. Thousands of golf fans gathered around the green held their breath as Wu just missed his eagle shot but a birdie was enough to win his third European Tour title with a score of -16. The KLM Open 2018 welcomed some 41,800 spectators to the tournament, slightly above the 2017 attendance.
Romain Wattel will aim to defend his title at the KLM Open this year but will face stiff competition with seven other past champions also in the field. Following the close of entries for the tournament, which takes place from September 13-16, it can be confirmed that eight previous winners will compete in next month’s event: Lee Westwood (1999), Maarten Lafeber (2003), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (2005), Simon Dyson (2006, 2009, 2011), Ross Fisher (2007), Martin Kaymer (2010), Peter Hanson (2012), Joost Luiten (2013, 2016) and Wattel.
Andrew Johnston is coming to the KLM Open 2018. ‘Beef’ as Johnston tenderly is named, won his first big title in 2016 during the Open de España. In the same year Johnston became THE publican favourite during the British Open, where he became number 8. Since then Johnston, with his forever smile, is a much loved golf superstar on the European and American Tour.
As you can read on Joost Luiten’s website (joostluiten.com), Joost will soon be operated on his wrist. He will therefore not be able to play golf for the next three to four months. This also means that he cannot participate in the KLM Open from September 13th to 16th.
During the ING Private Banking Golfweek in Tilburg Max Albertus (24 years old) wins a wildcard for participation in the KLM Open that will be held from 13th – 16th September on the Dutch in Spijk. Albertus was the best out of 28 participating golf pro’s in the splendid course of Prise d’eau. He scored five hits under par over nine holes.
Today, the tournament director Daan Slooter announced that the KLM Open will be played in 'The International' near Amsterdam next year (2019). A special location for a special year! Because next year, KLM will have existed for 100 years and simultaneously will also be the 100th edition of the Dutch Open.
At the KLM Open, from 13th to 16th September 2018, Joost Luiten will be taking on some of the world’s top golfers. In 2018, to win the tournament for the third time, the best Dutch golfer will not only have to beat the highly seasoned Lee Westwood, as well as his best friend on the 'tour' Bernd Wiesberger, but also India’s golf talent Shubhankar Sharma.