Vandalism holds up KLM Open

Thursday’s tee-off at the KLM Open was delayed by 45 minutes due to overnight vandalism on several greens.

The start of the KLM Open was delayed due to overnight vandalism on several of the Hilversumsche Golf Club greens.

Parts of the putting surfaces on the fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth holes were dug up overnight leading to a 45-minute delay on Thursday morning as green-keeping staff went about repairing the damage.

Play will still be possible on the greens with the repaired areas as these areas could fall under the ‘Ground Under Repair’ rule of golf if necessary.

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

“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.

“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.”