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Opportunities abound at KLM Open

Two players with nearly quarter of a century between them in age hope to build on last week's efforts at the Dutch Open starting on Thursday.

Australian Peter Senior, 45, has been on the European Tour longer than 22-year-old Englishman James Heath has been alive, and both shot 63 in the Wales Open first round last week.

Senior faded to 17th place but was encouraged by his improved short game, while Heath, with a closing 75, slumped to 44th after beginning the final round three shots off the lead.

Both are determined to earn their tour cards for 2006.

Veteran Senior just kept his in penultimate 115th place last year, while Heath, only a professional for seven months, is relying on invitations, secured by his mentor and manager Nick Faldo, to make his full tour debut next year.

With a $305,000 first prize and a weakened field in the Netherlands, caused by leading players heading to next week's U.S. Open, the pair are hoping to take advantage.

"I'd like to take it a bit further than last week now that my short game's coming together," Senior told Reuters on Wednesday before his bid for a fifth European tour victory and 27th worldwide.

"I'm keen to wrap up the card as quickly as I can so that I know whether I'll be back next year for another full season if I want it, without having to ask for invitations.

"It's taken a little while for me to get used to the wind and the rough, because we don't have either of much at my home course Hope Island, but last week showed me my short game is getting to the standard you need in Europe if you're going to get anywhere."

Heath will take a leaf out of Faldo's book and work hard in practice.

"Last week gave me a bit of confidence," he told Reuters, "I want to build on that, as well as pay something back to Nick and the team who've worked very hard to get me my invitations, like this week's.

"I had a bad finish last week and its just about staying patient.

"I've worked hard since last Sunday and, like Nick has always said, if you work hard things will happen."

David Lynn of Britain, another one who shared last week's first round lead and finished eighth in Wales, is the defending champion.

Spain's Jose Manuel Lara, joint runner-up behind compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez last week, is also in the field.


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