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Golf returns to Europe on the DP World Tour, as the Soudal Open marks the first event of the European Swing.

Just north of Antwerp, Rinkven International will host Belgium’s only stop on the circuit and home fans are in for a treat.

The parkland layout is a proven tour venue, boasting European and LET Access tour history, as well as hosting the Soudal Open in 2022 and 2023.

Simon Forsstrom of Sweden won the event last year, but a strong Belgian contingent will look to regain the crown for a first time since 1956.

Flory Van Donck won it for a fifth time that year and remains the only native player to lift the title.

LIV Golf’s Thomas Pieters spearheads the home charge after enjoying three consecutive top-20 finishes on the Saudi-backed circuit.

He’ll be joined by 14 of his countrymen, including Ryder Cup winner Nicolas Colsaerts. A familiar face to Colsaerts will be Luke Donald, last year’s Ryder Cup captain, who is also teeing it up in Belgium.

Meanwhile, a hero of Monday’s US Open final qualifier at Walton Heath, Matteo Manassero, is also in the field.

They’ll all be looking to join an esteemed winners list that features the likes of Arnaud Massy, Walter Hagen, Henry Cotton and Nick Faldo.

Established in 1910, Belgium’s national open is one of the most historic on the circuit and this year’s edition looks set to provide another fascinating contest.

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Soudal Open details

Course: Rinkven International GC, Belgium

Course Stats: Par 71 Yards 6,940

Defending Champion: Simon Forsstrom

Purse: $2,500,000

Winner’s Share: $425,500

Soudal Open betting tips

Here’s how the bookies rank the field…

Adrian Otaegui 20/1

Jordan Smith 20/1

Thomas Pieters 22/1

Yannik Paul 22/1

Bernd Weisberger 33/1

Jorge Campillo 35/1

Antoine Rozner 35/1

Richard Mansell 35/1

The bunkered Bet

Thomas Pieters 22/1

Whilst Rinkven International generally suits accuracy over power, Pieters’ class can prevail. The LIV Golf star has finished ninth, 14th and fifth in his last three starts and will look to emulate Louis Oosthuizen, Dean Burmester and Joaquin Niemann in making a winning return to the DP World Tour.

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Soudal Open how to watch

All times BST

Thursday: Sky Sports Golf, 12pm

Friday: Sky Sports Golf, 12pm

Saturday: Sky Sports Golf, 12pm

Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 11.30am

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