In the 2021 European Golf Tour, the Dutch Open is seeing some drastic changes as ex-golfer, Simon Dyson, brands it a ‘very tricky’ event to preview.
After a year away, KLM is no longer the event’s sponsor, and Indian consultancy company, TCS, has taken the title. KLM was the longest title sponsor of the Open; lasting from 1981 to 1990, and from 2004 to 2020.
Dyson commented: “It’s a shame that they’ve lost the sponsor with the history of the event. I look at my trophy and I see all my past winners, and it’s the best names in European gold who are on that trophy. So it is sad that it’s dropped down a little bit.”
‘Little information’ about the course can be found online, but Dyson suggests that it looks like those of previous years: “They are quite long and wide open, so I would look for somebody who probably drives it well, hits the ball far off the tee, and hits a lot of birdies. I would expect it to be quite a low-scoring week.”
Finally, this year’s competition has a ‘minimal’ purse of £1 million which is half the amount of that of 2019, and according to a British newspaper, the coronavirus pandemic has had a “profound” financial impact to the prize money.