Golf always has few surprises up its sleeve, and this ACCIONA Open de España presented by Madrid is no exception. While everyone else is backing Jon Rahm, and expecting him to go wire-to-wire, a little-known Dutch player has his own ideas.
Wil Besseling, a professional for 14 years and member of the European Tour for 10 is still in search of his first victory on tour. At 35 years of age, this might just be the ideal time to find it.
Since claiming his European Tour card at Q School in 2011, last year was his first where he ended the season in the top 100, thanks to three top-3 finishes that earned him the points he needed to be there.
This year has been less positive, although he did finish fourth in Austria, and this week in Madrid he has his sights set on the top. His golf here so far has been flawless; thirteen birdies and not a single bogey.
“The last couple of seasons have been really good,” he said. “I did struggle before that so it’s good to be out here performing well, making putts, and being on top of the leaderboard after 36 holes, hopefully it will stay that way come Sunday.
“I made some big changes, my caddie is a big support, obviously the family and my sponsors that always believed in me, and a new coach that really got me going. So finding the right people around me has really helped and gives me a good feeling and support.”
Today he will be out in the final group with home favourite Jon Rahm and another fine Spanish player who will also have the fans behind him.
Can Besseling handle the pressure? We will find out at 13:05.
El golf siempre reserva sorpresas y este #AccionaOpen de España presented by Madrid no iba a ser menos…
@wbesseling1 parte como líder en la tercera jornada.
— Acciona Open de España presented by Madrid (@accionaopen) October 9, 2021