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KLM Open and BMW PGA Championship preview and tips

Moving into a period I admittedly am not too fond of in terms of golf betting, beginning with the KLM Open, and limited field of 70 for the BMW Championship. In saying that, things on the blog have been pretty quiet lately so we can't do a whole lot worse! Again, previews will be short and sweet this week with all picks to be added directly to the spreadsheet. Stanjames are once again places 1,2,3,4,5,6 on the KLM Open

On a positive note, the KLM Open does return to a course I love matching players with as the links at Kennemer reappears on the European Tour schedule. A quick look down recent leaderboards there will give you a feel for the type of player we're looking for and there's unsurprisingly a strong Irish presence on them, at a course just 1.5k from the sea. Indeed In the last two editions of the KLM Open at Kennemer, Irishmen have filled two of the top four spots.....


Damien McGrane and Peter Lawrie both boast excellent records here at the KLM Open. Of the last four tournaments played at Kennemer, between them they've recorded four top six spots, with Peter Lawrie only narrowly missing out in a three-way playoff vs course specialist Simon Dyson and an outside pick for us this week, Peter Hedblom.

Two other Irishmen though grab the attention for some subsidiary markets while another with ties to Ireland in Former Irish Open winner Richard Finch is also on the radar. Highly rated Kevin Phelan makes his professional bow this week at the KLM Open and I'm currently looking for the best angle and price on him, while it's the same story with David Higgins who has some Kennemer course form and comes off the back of a top 30 in Wales. Higgins hit the first round leader crossbar for us in the Moroccan wind earlier in the year if I remember correctly.

It's Aussie Marcus Fraser though that stands out for me as the value this week at 66s. Kennemer is one of the shortest courses the players will face circa 6,600 yards and Fraser is short and extremely accurate off the tee, regularly averaging around the 70% mark of fairways hit through the years, and well used to controlling his ball flight in high winds. Add to that his ability on the greens, his returning top 20 in Crans last week and his 12th place finish on his previous start at Kennemer and he stands out at a price for the KLM Open.

Check the spreadsheet later for final KLM Open selections as well as anything I find for the BMW Championship across the pond in the Playoffs.

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Bryan Nicholson is the pioneer of the progressive form and course fit ratings for golf betting, with the associated progressive form model and course fit profiling model. Bryan is the author of the increasingly popular annual course fit profiling manual and #1 golf betting book Angles & Edges and runs the Sharp Sports Bettors Blog.

What is expected Strokes Gained Course Fit ?

Bryan also pioneered the concept of Expected Strokes Gained Course Fit (xSGF) in golf betting. xSGF can be predicted using my model below. For prospective golf betting tips it projects ahead of time how many shots a player is expected to pick up per round on average on a particular golf course. It's weighed against a neutral golf course of the same rating. For example: Sam Horsfield at Celtic Manor vs TPC Southwind. This number will also portray ability level in terms of strokes gained total. Click "find out more" under the course fit golf betting model for info.

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Note: all the most accurate up to date player and course data to input into this interactive golf betting model is in the NicsPicks Course Fit Manual 2022


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What is Progressive Form in Golf Betting?

Progressive form in golf betting differs from current form in that players are showing a trend in the right direction in their recent scoring. Trending form has a high predictive value in golf betting and can also catch players under the radar at an inflated price vs their true betting odds. For example - a player shows form of T40 - 24 - 24, but last week he was in the leading PGA Tour group on Sunday with Tiger Woods and had a bad round due to nerves. His finishing position may not fully capture his actual form... See more with our calculators and betting tools

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