Adrian Meronk
Dubai-based Polish professional Adrian Meronk is playing this week in the Dutch Open on the DP World Tour. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: This week the DP World Tour visits the Netherlands for the 2022 Dutch Open to be played at Bernadus Golf in Cromviort, May 26-29. The Dutch Open is one of the longest-running events in professional golf, having first been played more than 100 years ago and is the 16th event of 44 on the 2021-2022 DP World Tour season and boasts a prizefund of €1.75 million.

Dubai-resident Adrian Meronk, currently 15th in the DP World Tour Rankings, will be part of the field and the Pole will be sharing his ‘behind the scenes’ Daily Diary from the eve of the tournament. The 28 year old professional golfer on the DP World Tour uses Dubai as his winter home. He is sponsored by Dubai-based White Eagle, who organise golf events.

The field size this week is 156 and includes defending champion Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden, and players with local UAE interest: Thomas Pieters (Belgium), coached by Dubai Golden Visa Awardee Peter Cowen, Dubai-based players, Rafa Cabrera Bello (Spain), Guido Migliozzi (Italy), Adrian Otaegui (Spain), as well as Abu Dhabi-based David Horsey (England), and Ross McGowan (England), representing Al Hamra Golf Club, Ras Al Khaimah.

Opportunities in Majors

There are added incentives to all the players this week, with playing opportunities at two forthcoming Majors. For the first time the Dutch Open is part of The Open Qualifying Series for 2022.

The leading three players in this week’s Dutch Open, not already qualified and finishing in the top 10 and ties, will receive spots in The 150th Open Championship to be held at St Andrews, Scotland, from July 14-17.

This week is also the third of four qualifying events for spots in the US Open to be held at The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts, US, June 16-19.

Invite to US Open

The top 10 players (not otherwise exempt) in a mini-Order of Merit series including, the Betfred British Masters, the Soudal Open, this week’s Dutch Open and next week’s Porsche European Open (June 2—5) will receive invites for this year’s US Open.

Thorbjorn Oleson (Denmark) and Sam Horsfield (England) lead this mini-series after winning the Betfred British Masters and Soudal Open respectively, and the remaining eight players in the current qualifying spots are all in this week’s field.