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Saturday 16 December 2017

Vandals cause delay and anger at KLM Open in Holland reporters

GOLF vandals delayed the start of the KLM Open at Hilversum in the Netherlands today.

Areas on the fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth were dug up overnight, leading to a 45-minute hold-up to the first round.

Furious director Daan Slooter said: “At this moment we do not know who caused the damage. For this evening and the rest of the tournament we have increased security substantially.

“I’m very disappointed for all the people here at the club who worked so hard over the past few days, through challenging weather conditions, to ensure the course was in playable condition.

“However, having said that, the same professionalism of the greenkeepers has ensured that the damage has been repaired so the tournament can go ahead. They are all due a huge vote of thanks.”

The damage certainly did not hinder Robert Dinwiddie, of England, in his start. He birdied the ninth, then picked up more strokes at the 10th and 12th.

Dinwiddie, who has been struggling this year, added further birdies at the 16th and 18th and second holes before his first bogey at the third dropped him back to five under.

He was joined on that mark by two-time Dutch Open winner Simon Dyson.

Current champion Martin Kaymer had a poor start and was three over after 10 holes.

And Ireland’s Damien McGrane and Michael Hoey both on one over.

Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy were among the later starters.

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