Luiten is lo­cal hero as he storms to ti­tle with record-equalling 63

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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

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