Luiten is local hero as he storms to title with record-equalling 63
LOCAL favourite Joost Luiten won the KLM Open for the second time after a brilliant course-record equalling 63 at The Dutch in Spijk.
The 30-year-old entered the final day three shots behind overnight leader Scott Hend but while the Australian stumbled to a closing 73, Luiten fired 10 birdies and two bogeys to get to 19 under and secure a three-shot victory over Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger.
Hend had still held the lead after eight holes but two double-bogeys after finding the water saw his chances evaporate as the tournament developed into a straight shootout between Luiten and Wiesbeger. Luiten held a two-shot lead after a birdieing the 10th and 11th but a brilliant up-and-down on the 15th moved Wiesberger ahead in a nip-andtuck contest.
A first bogey of the day on the 17th stalled the 30-year-old’s momentum, however, and three birdies in his last five holes gave 2013 champion Luiten an eventually comfortable victory.
“The first one was special but this one is very special,” he said.
“To have the Dutch people behind me all week and to be able to stand here with the trophy in my hands is very special.”
South Korea’s Byeong-hun An closed with an impressive 65 to sit at 13 under, a shot clear of Hend, English duo Ben Evans and David Horsey, and Spaniard Alejandro Canizares.
Chris Hanson was in the group at 11 under, a shot clear of fellow Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Simon Khan, and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson.
LOCAL HERO: Joost Luiten holds the KLM Open trophy for the second time