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Rookie Colsaerts in Dutch Open ahead of Ryder Cup

HILVERSUM, Netherlands (AP) Ryder Cup rookie Nicolas Colsaerts hopes to use the opening two rounds of the Dutch Open to impress Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

Colsaerts will play with Olazabal and another European Ryder Cup member, Martin Kaymer, for the first two rounds on the Hilversumsche course.

The 100th anniversary of the Dutch Open marks Colsaerts' first competition since Olazabal picked him as one of two wild cards for the cup. The Ryder Cup is Sept. 28-30 at Medinah outside Chicago.

``I've just had a conversation with Paul McGinley, one of the vice captains, and part of the reason for playing this week and next week in Italy is to see everyone and talk to people involved in the Ryder Cup,'' Colsaerts said. ``I want to make sure I show up at Medinah in the best state of mind.''

The Belgian is accepting congratulations at nearly every turn. He's also trying to get to know his new teammates better.

``When you look at who is in the team, I can't compare myself to players like Westwood, Garcia, Donald, who have been playing for 10 years, so you do feel like a rookie,'' said Colsaerts, who plays in the Dutch Open for a 10th time, with his best finish eighth in 2010.

Kaymer, at No. 29, is the highest-ranked player in the tournament. The 48th-ranked Simon Dyson is the defending champion.

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KLM Open field
Felipe AguilarThomas AikenMax Albertus
Fredrik Andersson HedMatthew BaldwinRich Beem
Richard BlandKnut BorsheimGregory Bourdy
Gary BoydMarkus BrierMichael Campbell
Jorge CampilloAlejandro CanizaresRowin Caron
Paul CaseyAlex CejkaS.S.P. Chowrasia
Darren ClarkeRobert ColesFederico Colombo
Nicolas ColsaertsRhys DaviesFloris De Haas
Joseph DeanCarlos Del MoralDaniel Denison
Robert-Jan DerksenDavid DixonStephen Dodd
Andrew DodtJamie DonaldsonBradley Dredge
David DrysdaleEdouard DuboisVictor Dubuisson
Simon DysonPelle EdbergJohan Edfors
Jamie ElsonNiclas FasthGonzalo Fernandez-Castano
Kenneth FerrieDarren FichardtRichard Finch
Oliver FisherRoss FisherTommy Fleetwood
Oscar FlorenMark FosterMarcus Fraser
Dylan FritteliLorenzo GagliStephen Gallacher
Ignacio GarridoJean-Baptiste GonnetRicardo Gonzalez
Estanislao GoyaRichard GreenEmiliano Grillo
Alex HaindlTodd HamiltonAnders Hansen
Peter HansonGregory HavretBenjamin Hebert
Peter HedblomKeith HorneDavid Horsey
David HowellDaan HuizingSam Hutsby
Raphael JacquelinScott JamiesonJin Jeong
Miguel Angel JimenezRichard S. JohnsonAndrew Johnston
Michael JonzonShiv KapurRobert Karlsson
Martin KaymerSimon KhanRichard Kind
Robin KindJames KingstonSoren Kjeldsen
Maarten LafeberJoakim LagergrenJose Manuel Lara
Pablo LarrazabalPeter LawrieCraig Lee
Thomas LevetTom LewisSam Little
Shane LowryJoost LuitenMikael Lundberg
Jochen LupprianDavid LynnMatteo Manassero
Andrew MarshallSven MauritsGareth Maybin
Richard McEvoyPaul McGinleyDamien McGrane
Shaun MicheelJames MorrisonJamie Moul
Garth MulroyGeorge MurrayChristian Nilsson
Matthew NixonThomas NorretSteven O'Hara
Jose Maria OlazabalGary OrrFernand Osther
Hennie OttoAndrea PavanPhillip Price
Julien QuesneRichie RamsayTaco Remkes
Brett RumfordRicardo SantosReinier Saxton
Joel SjoholmLee SlatteryTim Sluiter
Henrik StensonRichard SterneGraeme Storm
Sven StruverAndy SullivanRobin Swane
Simon ThorntonGuido Van Der ValkInder Van Weerelt
Robbie Van WestJaco Van ZylTjaart Van der Walt
Sam WalkerPaul WaringMarc Warren
Romain WattelSteve WebsterPeter Whiteford
Bernd WiesbergerDanny WillettOliver Wilson
Chris WoodFabrizio ZanottiMatthew Zions
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10None0
TOP 25Peter Hanson (17)1
TOP 50Martin Kaymer (32),Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (33),Nicolas Colsaerts (36),Matteo Manassero (43),David Lynn (45),Jamie Donaldson (47)6
TOP 100Miguel Angel Jimenez (54),Richie Ramsay (55),Shane Lowry (57),Marcus Fraser (58),Henrik Stenson (61),Anders Hansen (63),Bernd Wiesberger (68),Simon Dyson (69),Pablo Larrazabal (78),Fredrik Andersson Hed (88),Danny Willett (94),Stephen Gallacher (95),Ross Fisher (99)13