KLM Open gets underway after vandalism attacks

Four of the greens at the Hilversumsche Golf Club were dug up overnight.

EMERGENCY WORK TO repair overnight vandalism on four greens delayed the start of the KLM Open this morning.

Play at the Hilversumsche Golf Club was due to begin at 7.55am local time, but was postponed by 45 minutes as greenkeeping staff rushed to repair the putting surfaces on the fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth holes.

“Early this morning we ascertained damage to four of the greens here at Hilversumsche,” Championship Director Daan Slooter said this morning.

“At this moment we do not know who caused the damage. All has been restored and the tournament will resume.

For this evening and the rest of the tournament we have increased security substantially.

Despite the repair work, there are still parts of the greens which are unsuitable for play and which will be classed as Ground Under Repair.

Three of the world’s top four players are in action in Hilversum this weekend, with Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy both due to the start their delayed rounds shortly after lunchtime.

World number three Martin Kaymer currently sits on two-over par at the half-way mark in his opening round, seven shots off the early pace set by Robert Dinwiddie of England.

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