European Tour

Luiten wins inaugural Oman Open

2018-02-18 19:54
Joost Luiten (Getty Images)

Muscat - Dutchman Joost Luiten captured his sixth European Tour title on Sunday when he edged out England's Chris Wood by two shots at the inaugural Oman Open.

In perfect scoring conditions in the Gulf, Luiten and Wood went head-to-head on the back nine but it was the 32-year-old Dutchman who prevailed with a final round of 68 for a tournament total of 16 under.

"This is why you play golf, to hold trophies," Luiten told europeantour.com after winning his first event since claiming the Dutch Open for a second time in 2016.

"It's been a great week. It's always tough to win out here, all these guys are so good and they keep putting pressure on you."

He added: "I need to win another couple to get into the Ryder Cup team but it's a great start to the year for me."

Julien Guerrier of France was third at 13 under after a 71, two shots clear of Spain's Jorge Campillo, Frenchman Alexander Levy and America's Seung-su Han.

Leading final round scores in the Oman Open at Almouj Golf in Muscat (GBR/IRL unless stated, par 72):

272 - Joost Luiten (NED) 72 66 66 68

274 - Chris Wood 70 66 69 69

275 - Julien Guerrier (FRA) 69 69 66 71

277 - Alexander Levy (FRA) 71 69 67 70, Seung-su Han (USA) 70 69 70 68, Jorge Campillo (ESP) 73 70 66 68

278 - Robert Rock 69 71 69 69, Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR) 68 71 70 69

279 - Stephen Gallacher 74 67 68 70, Matthew Southgate 65 70 69 75, Benjamin Hebert (FRA) 72 70 69 68

280 - Andrew Johnston 71 68 69 72, Nico Geyger (CHI) 72 72 67 69, Alexander Bjork (SWE) 72 68 70 70, Adrian Otaegui (ESP) 69 71 66 74

281 - Marcus Kinhult (SWE) 69 69 74 69, Andy Sullivan 67 73 71 70, Andrea Pavan (ITA) 70 72 70 69, Sam Brazel (AUS) 68 71 72 70, Edoardo Molinari (ITA) 73 71 67 70

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