European Tour

Dutch delight as Luiten wins

2013-09-15 17:00
Joost Luiten (Getty Images)

Zandvoort - Dutchman Joost Luiten ended a decade-long home victory drought in capturing the Dutch Open in a play-off at Zandvoort on Sunday.

Luiten, 27 also captured a third Tour victory and his second this season after both he and Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez ended regulation play tied on 12-under par in the bright but windy conditions on the Kennemer course.

Luiten then two-putted for par the first extra hole to deny Jimenez a second Dutch Open title victory and 19 years after his first, and seconds after the Spaniard's par putt had lipped out.

It is the first time in the 41-year history of the European Tour a Dutch-born player has won two events in a single season and also only the second Dutch-born golfer to win the Dutch Open in a similar period.

And sponsors KLM celebrated Luiten's success with a fly past of a 1940s DC 3 aircraft.

"Winning your own national Open for any player is like winning a Major and this is how this win feels," said Luiten

"I went close a few years ago in but to win now feels just unbelievable and I think it won't be later tonight when it all sinks in.

"This win will be huge for Dutch golf as it's been 10 years since Maarten Lafeber won so another Dutch winner will help the game in Holland.

"But all credit to Miguel as he's a tough competitor as he was playing really, really good with four birdies in his first six holes.

"Thankfully, I was able to hang in there and I was able to make my move on the back nine."

Luiten earned a first prize cheque for 300,000 euros that has taken him to top of the Ryder Cup points table.

Jimenez was looking to claim a second Dutch Open victory 19 years after his first and with the 49-year old also seeking to extend by 292 days his record as the oldest-ever Tour winner.

Four players -- Frenchman Gregory Havret (66), Ireland's Damien McGrane (69) and the England pair and former winners Ross Fisher (66) and Simon Dyson (68) -- shared third place on nine under par.

Collated final round scores in the European Tour KLM Dutch Open on Sunday, at Zandvoort, The Netherlands (Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 70):

268 - Joost Luiten (NED) 69 65 66 68 (Joost Luiten won at first play-off hole), Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 64 67 70 67
271 - Damien McGrane 65 70 67 69, Ross Fisher 69 68 68 66, Simon Dyson 69 63 71 68 - Gregory Havret (FRA) 67 70 68 66
272 - Julien Quesne (FRA) 67 65 70 70
273 - Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 68 67 72 66
274 - David Horsey 71 66 70 67, Pablo Larrazabal (ESP) 65 66 77 66
275 - Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 72 66 69 68, Robert Allenby (AUS) 65 71 68 71, Magnus Carlsson (SWE) 68 69 69 69, Michael Jonzon (SWE) 70 65 73 67, Oliver Fisher 67 65 71 72
276 - Thomas Aiken (RSA) 72 64 74 66, Paul Waring 70 68 69 69, Matthew Nixon 69 65 73 69, Eduardo De La Riva (ESP) 68 71 71 66, Darren Fichardt (RSA) 70 68 68 70, Marcus Fraser (AUS) 67 71 72 66
277 - Brooks Koepka (USA) 70 66 71 70, Richie Ramsay 70 68 75 64, Espen Kofstad (NOR) 69 66 73 69, Alvaro Quiros (ESP) 72 64 71 70
278 - Hennie Otto (RSA) 68 67 69 74, Shane Lowry 69 68 68 73, Matteo Manassero (ITA) 70 68 74 66, Mikko Korhonen (FIN) 71 67 74 66
279 - Chris Paisley 68 68 73 70, Oscar Floren (SWE) 66 73 67 73, Simon Wakefield 68 67 73 71, David Drysdale 69 64 74 72, Tommy Fleetwood 70 68 74 67, Richard Green (AUS) 70 66 73 70, Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR) 65 73 71 70, Mark Foster 68 70 71 70, Paul McGinley 68 67 73 71, Alexander Levy (FRA) 73 65 72 69, Thomas Pieters (BEL) 68 70 71 70

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