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DP World Tour: Key things to know ahead of the 2022 Dutch Open

By Matt Smith
After a brief hiatus for the PGA Championship, the DP World Tour is back in the swing this week for the Dutch Open at Bernardus Golf. Here are some things to watch out for.

Broberg’s defence
Kristoffer Broberg will return to the Netherlands to defend his title after claiming his second DP World Tour title in September, claiming a three-stroke victory over Matti Schmid.

The Swede has struggled with injury this season and this will be his first event since withdrawing from the withdrew Qatar Masters in March.

MORE: Emotional win for Broberg at Dutch open

Major places on offer
There is more than just the usual trophy, glory and ranking points on offer this week as the Dutch Open is also offering spots at the Open Championship in July. The top three players finishing in the top 10 and ties at Bernardus not otherwise exempt will be teeing it up at St Andrews for the 150th Open for the fourth major of 2022.

The Dutch Open is also the third of the four-event European Qualifying Series, with players continuing to vie for one of the 10 spots available for the US Open at Brookline in June.

The other qualifying events were the British Masters, the Soudal Open ahead of this week and the European Open (June 2-5).

Steeped in history
The Dutch Open was first held way back in 1912, and there have been 76 winners from 18 different countries.

There have been six Dutch winners, including most recently Joost Luiten, who has claimed the trophy twice in 2013 and 2016.

This year’s field includes home hopes Wil Besseling and Darius Van Driel..

Ballesteros in the field
One name that will catch attention is that of tournament invitee Javier Ballesteros, the eldest son of five-time major champion Seve.

This year marks the 46th anniversary of Seve Ballesteros’ maiden DP World Tour win at the 1976 Dutch Open. Ballesteros would go on to land 50 Tour wins, the most by any player to date.

Javier, who made his professional debut in 2014, has competed in several Tour events since, most recently in the Andalucia Masters at Real Club Valderrama last year.

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