Wil Besseling and Daan Huizing grab next to victory in Hamburg • Golf.nl

Once again, Green Eagle’s Porsche Nord Course proved to be one of the toughest tests on the DP World Tour. After 54 holes there were only ten players under par in Hamburg, including Wil Besseling and Daan Huizing. With a closing eagle on Saturday, Besseling had made it to the top-5. When the West Frisian finished in the penultimate group this afternoon, his younger compatriot was already playing very strong golf. On hole 5, Huizing, who has never finished in the top-10 at the highest level, scored a first bogey, only to brush it away with a chip-in shortly afterwards. How did it feel to compete for the top prize on Sunday? “Goosebumps. This is great, you work for this,” said the golfer from Soest, who was part of five leaders on the turn. Unfortunately, the tide turned for Huizing after the turn. Maybe he had the horseshoe at 10 still in mind when he took his turn on the par-5 11th left. A triple bogey put an end to his title aspirations. Cloth the bleeding was securing his first-ever top-10 on the Tour.

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All balls on Wil

And so it was ‘all balls to Wil’ from a Dutch perspective. He said during the lap that he was feeling “better than ever” and went through the track flawlessly for a long time. Every now and then he would pick up another shot, but he couldn’t let the long holes work out in his favor. Kalle Samooja, who started two hours earlier, now had the best lap of the week (64, track record). target set to -6 and that proved a difficult score for the golfers still in the course to match, let alone improve. Besseling’s chances of a first victory were badly beaten at 15, just like Huizing’s on a par-5. Left of the tee, two more mis-hits and a double bogey for the Dutch No. 1, who immediately birdied to take second again at -4.

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No win, but US Open

Solo second would also be enough for Besseling to advance through the Qualifying Series to the US Open, but the new bogey at 17 didn’t help. The victory went to Finland, that much was clear when the last group started the final hole. Besseling had to close well and then hope it was enough to secure a ticket to Boston. And he finished well with a birdie for -4. With this he achieved at least second place in the Porsche European Open, the best result of his career, with the additional euros and crucial points for the annual ranking. When Dutch Open winner Victor Perez no longer won a battle, the man from Hoorn knew that he would play his first major in a week and a half. A more than nice bonus for Besseling after a good week at ‘Het Groene Monster’ in Hamburg.

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Ladies Italian Open

In the women of the Ladies European Tour, Pasqualle Coffa was again the best Dutch this week. She started and finished the Italian Open solidly, but due to a lesser 77 on Saturday she no longer had the prospect of a top ranking. The Brabant girl took a top-40 place from the north of Italy, where Romy Meekers had missed the cut the day before. Morgane Metraux from Switzerland provided a personal first by beating compatriot Alessandra Fanali (amateur) and Meghan MacLaren from England in the play-off. The 25-year-old player from Lausanne immediately decided with an eagle in overtime. Next week there is the Scandinavian Mixed by Henrik Stenson and Annika Sörenstam. Without female input from our country, but for the time being with Besseling, Huizing and also Darius van Driel.

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Challenge Tour

A Dutchman also did well on the Challenge Tour. Lars van Meijel finished in joint fifth place in the Czech Republic with a total of 271 strokes (72-64-68-67). He received a check for almost ten thousand euros and, just as important, he crawled a little closer to the top 20 of the ranking. De Brabander is now 25th. Compatriot Robbie van West, who a year ago dramatically handed over the victory at Golf & Spa Kunětická Hora, finished 34th. Koen Kouwenaar and Nordin van Tilburg had not reached the weekend in the tournament that was won by Dane Nicolai Kristensen after a play-off.

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European Mid-Amateur

Two-time champion Myrte Eikenaar was unable to add a third title at the European Mid-Amateur Championship. After a somewhat disappointing 77 on the final day, she was satisfied with fourth place at Golf du Médoc. “I’m also disappointed, because it started well this week and then you really want to, but unfortunately I had a bad day today,” she said about it yesterday. On Sunday, she again put the top-5 listing in a slightly different light (see Instagram post below). Ane Urchegui Garcia won the tournament after – also here – a play-off.

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