Wil Besseling against 9 of the 10 best golfers and women LET a week before Arnhem in Spain • Golf.nl

7 – 10 World Tour DP/PGA Tour, Genesis Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland. Prize money: $8,000,000 leaderboard

7 – 10 PGA Tour/DP World Tour, Barbasol Championship, Keene Trace Golf Club, Nicholasville, Kentucky. Prize money: $3,700,000 leaderboard

7 – 10 European Women’s Tour, Estrella Damn Ladies Open, Club de Golf Terramar, Sitges, Spain. Prize money: €300,000 leaderboard

7 – 10 Challenge Tour, Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge, PGA France du Vaudreuil Golf, Le Vaudreuil, France. Prize money: €260,000 leaderboard

6 – 8 LET Access, Trust Golf Links Series – Ramside Hall GC, Ramside Hall Golf Club, Carville, England. Prize money: €40,000 leaderboard

7 – 9 Alps Tour, Alps de Las Castillas, Club de Golf Soria, Soria, Spain. Prize money: €40,000 leaderboard

10 – 12 Pro Golf Tour, Weihenstephan Open 2022, Golfanlage Holledau, Rudelzhausen, Germany. Prize money: €30,000 leaderboard

5 – 9 Amateurs, Men’s European Nations Team Championship, Royal St. Golf Club. George, Sandwich, England. leaderboard

5 – 9 Amateurs, European Women’s National Team Championship, Conwy Golf Club, Conwy, Wales. leaderboard

5 – 9 Amateurs, European Women’s Team Championship, Oddur Golf Club, Garðabær, Iceland. leaderboard

5 – 9 Amateurs, European Men’s Team Championship, Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, St. Leon-Rot, Germany. leaderboard

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7 – 10 World Tour DP/PGA Tour, Genesis Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland. Prize money: $8,000,000

Scottish Open in the week before The Open – that’s how it should be. With a new title sponsor and, most importantly, now part of the PGA Tour. Two leading golf tours have cemented ties in recent years. As part of the famous strategic alliance, three tournaments are co-organized: the Scottish Open, the Barbasol Championship (see below) and the Barracuda Championship. Last week, the DP World Tour and PGA Tour took a lot, especially financially for the Europeans, with the main objective of fighting the bogey LIV. Incidentally, there’s something new on that front, as a judge on Monday confirmed that several ‘rebels’, including Ian Poulter, should be added to the initial list. The decision that made the DP World Tour reluctantly resign.

All major champions ‘in town’

This year’s Scottish Open has one of the strongest participant fields in history and that’s not surprising. This tournament is a) perfect preparation for next week’s British Open, b) part of the lucrative Rolex Series and c) co-sanctions, also exciting for America with a few weeks to go to the FedEx Cup Playoffs. With the exception of Rory McIlroy, who last said he had “more questions than answers” after playing a job that didn’t suit him, all of the world’s top 10 (and all of the current major champions) were there: Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa. , Justin Thomas, Cameron Smith, Patrick Cantlay, Viktor Hovland, Sam Burns and US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, not to mention Jordan Spieth.

Rory McIlroy will compete in Ireland’s JP McManus Pro-Am this week, as will Tiger Woods.

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Besseling

New measurements with toppers for Wil Besseling, after an experience a few weeks ago in Boston. West Frisia still has a small chance of qualifying for St. Andrews, but then he has to be in the top 10 and be included in the best three ‘not excluded’. For Besseling, The Renaissance Club will probably be a bit newer than many competitors, as he has never played at the Scottish Open here. Scoring has proven possible in recent years near Edinburgh but that and of course leaving golf behind so a little wind or rain could change everything.

Television: Ziggo Sport Golf: Thursday and Friday 13:30-19:30, Saturday and Sunday 15:30-21:00

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7 – 10 PGA Tour/DP World Tour, Barbasol Championship, Keene Trace Golf Club, Nicholasville, Kentucky. Prize money: $3,700,000

The Barbasol Championship looks very different this year. For starters, the championship is no longer played at the same time as The Open, but a week earlier. Another change is that the tournament is now co-agreed with the DP World Tour, as announced in August last year as part of the now widely discussed strategic alliance between tours. As a result, at Keene Trace Golf Club in Kentucky, south of Lexington, we will see a large group of European golfers in action.

No Van Meijel

Lars van Meijel also had a slump in the Barbasol Championship, but after he managed to qualify well for The Open, it didn’t suit his preparations. Lars flew to Scotland on Sunday to optimally prepare for his major debut. By the way, Sunday’s Barbasol Championship winner gets the last ticket to St Andrews.

Television: Discovery+/GolfTV: Thursday and Friday 22:00-01:00, Saturday and Sunday 22:00-00:00

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7 – 10 European Women’s Tour, Estrella Damn Ladies Open, Club de Golf Terramar, Sitges, Spain. Prize money: €300,000

The week before the Opening is also the week before the Big Green Eggs Opening! Just like us, Pasqualle Coffa and Romy Meekers are no doubt looking forward to the Rosendaelsche Golf Club (order your free tickets here!), but the journey there took them to Spain first. The Estrella Damm Ladies Open to be exact, which as women golf lovers know, was won in 2018 by Anne van Dam. For many players this is one of the favorite stops on the LET and when you take in the views of the Mediterranean it becomes clear why. For the fifth edition, the tournament has also been moved forward by a few months, which keeps the Mediterranean conditions hot.

Television: Discovery+/GolfTV: Saturday and Sunday 12:00-15:00

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7 – 10 Challenge Tour, Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge, PGA France du Vaudreuil Golf, Le Vaudreuil, France. Prize money: €260,000

Three weeks in a row there hasn’t been a single Dutchman on the Challenge Tour at the weekend – of course that’s impossible. It’s time for a change and the Le Vaudreuil Challenge in the Normandy city of the same name is the perfect location for that. It had to come from Robbie van West, as Lars van Meijel didn’t play as mentioned and Stan Kraai returned to the Pro Golf Tour after a few invites. Van West has played Golf PGA France du Vaudreuil, on the banks of the River Seine between Paris and Le Havre, several times and therefore brings the necessary knowledge of the course.

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6 – 8 LET Access, Trust Golf Links Series – Ramside Hall GC, Ramside Hall Golf Club, Carville, England. Prize money: €40,000

Earlier this month, Europe’s second women’s circuit announced that two more tournaments had been added to the calendar. With the Trust Golf Links Series, ‘LETAS’ is also back in the UK after three years. Diptych in England and Scotland is funded by Trust Golf, a Thailand-based organization also committed to women’s golf at the highest level (LET, LPGA). The sponsorship also gives a number of Thai talents the opportunity to showcase themselves in Europe and gain experience. Zhen Bontan and Lizzy Peeters were the only Dutch players to make the list of 65 players.

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7 – 9 Alps Tour, Alps de Las Castillas, Club de Golf Soria, Soria, Spain. Prize money: €40,000

The Netherlands did well on the Alps Tour, so let’s move on for a while. At Club de Golf Soria, located right next to Monte Valonsadero, we don’t have the highest-ranking Dutch players (Koen Kouwenaar and Davey Porsius, winners at Saint-Omer last week) on the course. Then Lars Keunen, Vince van Veen and Floris de Haas just had to do it! All three must come up with a good final sprint if they want to advance to the top 5 of the Order of Merit. They still have five tournaments to go, starting with this Alps de Las Castillas.

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10 – 12 Pro Golf Tour, Weihenstephan Open 2022, Golfanlage Holledau, Rudelzhausen, Germany. Prize money: €30,000

Several tournaments before the end, no Dutch player in the top-5 needed on the Pro Golf Tour. Dario Antonisse won in Austria but needed a few more results to step up. Perhaps he will succeed in Bavaria, where Mike Toorop, Philip Bootsma, Max Albertus, Stan Kraai, Mats Markovits, Nordin van Tilburg, Aydan Verdonk, Michael Wedema, Peter Melching and Rodi Vlasveld also want to be ‘Meister’.

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5 – 9 Amateur, European Nations Team Championship

The European National Team Championships (ELTK) has always been one of the main highlights of amateur golf. As usual, the Netherlands are well represented in all four categories. The format is the same on all the different courses. Stroke play on the first two days to determine placement, with the lowest score crossed out each time. It is important to reach the first ‘flight’ for the match play phase, where prizes are distributed after four days. This is an NGF amateur team.

Man: Jack Ingham, Jerry Ji, Benjamin Reuter, Nevill Ruiter, Lars van der Vight & Kiet van der Weele. Location: Royal St. Golf Club George, England. leaderboard

Woman: Anne-Sterre den Dunnen, Lauren Holmey, Mayka Hoogeboom, Hester Sicking, Danique Stokmans & Noa van Beek. Location: Conway Golf Club, Wales. leaderboard

boy: Loran Appel, Thymen Batens, Kayden Chang, Björn Driessen, Ian Groenendyk & Denny Kloeth. Location: St. Golf Club Leon-Rot, Germany. leaderboard

girls: Rosanne Boere, Eva Nijenhuis, Sofie Nooij, Minouche Rooijmans, Fleur van Beek & Lynn van der Sluijs. Location: Oddur Golf Club, Iceland. leaderboard

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Main tournament date

What date should every golf enthusiast have on his calendar?

right Opening: 14-17 July
right Big Green Egg Open: July 14-17 (De Rosendaelsche Golfclub – free admission! golf.nl/tickets)
right President’s Cup: September 22-25

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