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Joost Luiten

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/7/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 154

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Joost Luiten will take a pass on this week's World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, citing a wrist injury as the culprit. Julian Suri will slot into the field in his place.
The Dutchman shared the news via social media, saying "Very disappointed to say that I had to withdraw from the WGC Dell matchplay because of a wrist injury. Gutted because I love playing matchplay! I will be back strong." Luiten is coming off a T10 at the Hero Indian Open as well as a win just five weeks ago (NBO Oman Open). Luiten went 1-2-0 during pool play last year at Austin Country Club, failing to advance onto the Round of 16. World No. 71 is not qualified for the Masters in two weeks so Stateside gamers shouldn't expect to see him anytime soon. There is no word on the severity of this injury but this would have been a long way to travel just for one event. That may have swayed his decision just a bit. Mar 19 - 9:53 AM

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Pre-tournament odds favorite Joost Luiten stepped up his title bid at the Hero Indian Open with a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in round two at DLF G&CC, climbing 18 spots on the live leaderboard to T6 although his 4-under 140 total is seven back from runaway leader Emiliano Grillo.

Luiten had to rather grind out an opening 71 on Thursday but was more fluent today. Starting at 10th tee, the World No. 67 was immediately into his stride with a pair of opening birdies and he avoided any mishaps to par his way through the rest of the opening nine. He pressed on with another gain at 1 and reached 5-under after ticking 7 but six swishes at his penultimate hole, the par-5 8th, when he was hoping for something much better having eagled it yesterday was a frustrating late blow. He has a nice position on the leaderboard with two rounds gone but the grap to Grillo is more than Luiten would have hoped as he bids to win for the second time in three starts.
Mar 9 - 4:46 AM

Recent Oman Open winner Joost Luiten has decent experience in India and he's favorite with the bookmakers for this week's Hero Indian Open.

Luiten contested the Indian Masters 10 years ago and has made six other trips, the most profitable of those coming with T16 (2011) and T17 (2012) at back-to-back Avantha Masters. He didn't make the cut on his Indian Open debut in 2016 despite a second-round 68 but this is his first start at the DLF Golf & Country Club. The Dutchman climbed from 89th to 68th in the world rankings after his Oman win but still has a way to go to reach his peak of 28th in 2014. He's certainly going in the right direction again though and either side of his recent victory Luiten was T11 in the Maybank Championship and T37 in last week's WGC-Mexico Championship. He tees off from the first alongside Chris Wood and Emiliano Grillo in one of the elite groups at 12pm local time Thursday.
Mar 6 - 8:47 AM

Joost Luiten slammed the door shut on his rivals, carding an assured final round of 4-under-par 35-33=68 to total 16-under 272 and win the inaugural NBO Oman Open at Al Mouj Golf in Muscat, two clear of Chris Wood.

A sixth European Tour title for the Dutchman and the first he has won outside September since June 2013. He completed it in clinical fashion, starting the day in a tie for the lead with Matthew Southgate and Julien Guerrier, neither of whom have won at this level and were rarely in contention on Sunday. Instead Luiten and his good friend Chris Wood jockeyed for the top spot. Early in the round the shorter man made three quick birdies at 2, 3 and 4, the latter from kick-in range to take top spot alone. Wood's birdies, plus back-to-back bogeys from Luiten at 7 and 8, changed their roles. But more red came at 12 and 13 for the eventual winner and when he converted a par breaker from 20'0" on the 16th shortly before Wood's bogey at 17 the destiny of the trophy was assured. "This is why you play golf, to hold trophies," he said. "I need another couple to make the Ryder Cup team."
Feb 18 - 7:21 AM

Joost Luiten blasted his way a share of the 54-hole NBO Oman Open lead with a third lap 6-under-par 33-33=66 at Al Mouj Golf in Muscat, good for 12-under 204 and a one shot advantage over Chris Wood alongside Julien Guerrier and Joost Luiten.

The Dutchman can now eye a sixth European Tour victory, as he negotiated the tricky elements of the Greg Norman design whilst the 36-hole pacesetters struggled a little. His first move came at the island green par-3 fifth where he stiffed his tee shot to 3'0" and converted. More red followed at 6, 9, 12 and 13. For the second day running he lost a shot to the card at the 15th, but he responded in style, ticking 16 and 18. At the last he drilled his short iron approach to six feet and drained the right to left birdie putt. He has held five 54-hole leads in the past, but all of them on his own. Three victories have emerged from those situations and no disasters have accrued; in the other results he was T2 and T3.
Feb 17 - 7:55 AM

Joost Luiten thrashed a 6-under-par 33-33=66 on the second morning of the NBO Oman Open at Al Mouj Golf, surging 43 spots up the live leaderboard to T6 and just three behind the clubhouse target set by Matthew Southgate.

The Dutchman arrived at 6-under 138 at the midpoint after splashing eight red numbers on his card today although two late bogeys stopped him shooting a really low one. He made his first two gains at 2 and 4 before doing the bulk of his scoring with five circles from Nos. 8 to 14. He also ticked 16 but that was sandwiched between bogeys at 15 and 17. Notably, Luiten did his best work on the par 3s, producing deuces at 8, 11 and 13. By contrast, he could only birdie one of the four par 5s. Having started the week as World No. 90, this is now a good chance to take a first step towards regaining his place in that all-important top 50.
Feb 16 - 4:52 AM

Joost Luiten will make a ninth Dubai Desert Classic appearance on the Majlis course at Emirates GC in the United Arab Emirates.

The Dutch media are a bit twitchy about their man, noting a world ranking that, at year's end, has tended to be up and down: 97-64-108-49-29-85-58-82. Better this year then? On Golf.nl journalist Daan Slooter said: "He is at his best when the pressure is highest and the focus is optimal. He must impose this pressure himself." Robert-Jan Derksen added: "Dare he step outside his comfort zone to make really big strides towards top 50 / Ryder Cup? Because he will have to do something 'different' to realize that." He opened 2018 with T48 last week in Abu Dhabi and is 5-for-8 on the course with the highlight T8 in 2016. Has broken 70 four times in the last two years; before that he did so four times in 18 laps.
Jan 23 - 7:33 AM

Can Joost Luiten make another quick start this Fall, at the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai?

An eighth tournament appearance for the Dutchman and there have been the odd signs of promise in that record book. Indeed, there are four top 20 finishes. The highlights are when he was T4 in 2013, T9 in 2014 and T4 at halfway 12 months ago before ending the week T13. In each of those three years he ranked top eight for Greens in Regulation. He's made some fiery starts in recent weeks, holding a share of the 18-hole lead in the Portugal Masters, Andalucia Masters and Turkish Airlines Open. But with the exception of the middle effort (T2) he has not transferred that promise into top ten fruit.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 03:44:00 AM

Back-to-form Joost Luiten continued his hot play with a bogey-free 7-under-par 30-34=64 in round one of the Turkish Airlines Open at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, his faultless play putting him into a tie for the lead with Nicolas Colsaerts and Haydn Porteous.

The trio are a shot clear of Andres Romero and Padraig Harrington. The Dutchman finished runner-up to Sergio Garcia in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters on his last outing to record just a second top 10 of a steady (in the money 20 times in 23 starts) but unspectacular campaign. He opened with a 66 on that occasion but went two shots better today. Luiten set the tone for the day with an opening birdie and added further circles at 5, 7 and 9 on the front and at 12, 13 and 16 on the back. He told europeantour.com: "I think I putted really well all day. I holed some really nice, nice putts. I didn't really hit them close enough. I want to hit them closer the next couple of days but the putter was really hot so that was nice to see. Hopefully I can keep the same feeling coming down these last three tournaments here."
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 09:44:00 AM

Joost Luiten's bold bid was thwarted by home hero Sergio Garcia in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters; his 5-under-par final round of 32-34=66 left him four clear of third placed Daniel Brooks on 11-under 273, but crucially one swing adrift of the winner.

Victory may have proved elusive for the Dutchman, but this result emphatically reaffirmed his fondness for playing golf within the narrow confines of the Valderrama fairways. His log book there now reads: 5-MC-2-2. For most of Sunday his performance was exemplary. He moved to the turn in smart fashion, ticking 5, 6 and 9 to turn the contest into a head-to-head with playing partner and pre-round leader Garcia. The Spaniard then made birdie at 10 and 11 to move three clear, whereupon Luiten turned predator. A bogey from the leader started the move, red numbers at 13 and 15 from the chaser drew him level, whereupon, having found the heart of the 16th green, he inexplicably three-putted for bogey. He matched Garcia's birdie at 17, and his par at 18 as well, as that one shot proved frustratingly impossible to match.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 12:09:00 PM

Pre-round leader Joost Luiten stumbled to a level-par 36-35=71 but retains hope of victory in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters; his 54-hole total of 6-under 207 leaves him just two back of new leader Sergio Garcia and alone in third.

Luiten's third lap of the testing Real Club Valderrama got off to a calm enough start with five pars and one birdie (at No. 4) in his first six holes, but then the difficulties arose in a round of three thirds. Admittedly there was a birdie-4 at 11, but bogeys at 7, 9 and 12 were key to him him relinquishing the leaderboard advantage. But using the experience gleaned from five European Tour victories he returned to the form of earlier in the day to close out with five pars and a par-breaker at 17 on his way home. Consequently he remains on track to post his third top five in four starts at the Sotogrande course. He trails the leader by one and second-placed Daniel Brooks by two.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 12:59:00 PM

Joost Luiten holed his second shot at the par-5 11th hole for the rarest of birds, that albatross helping him to a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in round two of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters and the new clubhouse lead of 6-under 136.

It was quite a ride for the Dutchman at Valderrama today as he dropped shots on the other two longs holes, meaning his scores on the par 5s at 4, 11 and 17 were the unlikely combination of 6-2-6. After an even-par first nine, the joint overnight leader bogeyed 10 but then played the next two holes in 4-under after draining his four-iron from 227 yards and following it with birdie-2 at the next. It briefly gave him a three-shot lead but he fell back from 8-under to 6-under after Valderrama bit back and he bogeyed 15 and 17 before parring the last.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 12:11:00 PM

Joost Luiten jumped out of the pack with five birdies in his final seven holes to post a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in round one of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain and share the early clubhouse lead with tournament host Sergio Garcia. UPDATE With afternoon scoring tough, Luiten and Garcia ended the day still tied for T1.

While Garcia's record at the par 71 is unsurpassed, Luiten also has some notable history at Valderrama having finished fifth (2010) and solo second (2016) in last year's Open de Espana held there. Today's lap of the former Ryder Cup venue was his best by three shots although for 11 holes there was no hint of him breaking his previous mark. The Dutchman picked up an early shot at 12 having started at 10 but it was pars the rest of the way until he bogeyed No. 2. But from even par after 11 holes, Luiten took flight with red circles at 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 to shoot 66, a score matched shortly after by local hero Garcia. That's one in front of England's Robert Rock and Pablo Larrazabal.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 08:31:00 AM

Joint-overnight leader Joost Luiten stalled on the back nine but maintained his challenge at the Portugal Masters with a 3-under-par 32-36=68 in Friday's second round, his halfway total of 10-under 132 currently just one off the clubhouse lead with play coming to a close.

After a 64 on day one at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, the Dutchman kept his foot on the gas with four birdies in his opening 10 holes today to hit 11-under. Those red circles came at 2, 4, 9 and 10. But from Nos. 8-11 he had to settle for seven pars and a bogey at 14 to slip one behind clubhouse leaders Lucas Bjerregaard and Marc Warren. The other slight disappointment for Luiten today was that he didn't pick up any shots on the three par 5s although his position is clearly an excellent one with 36 holes to play.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 01:46:00 PM

Joost Luiten fired a magnificent 7-under-par 32-32=64 to grab the early first round clubhouse lead in the Portugal Masters at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura.

One week after the Dutchman missed the cut when defending his KLM Open title, he rediscovered his mojo with a scintillating lap of the Algarve course where he was T2 on tournament debut back in 2010. That year he posted a third round 65 and his Thursday circuit betters that as his career best on the course. His bogey-free round started on the back nine and included a hat-trick of birdie-3s at 11, 15 and 18, plus a birdie-4 at 17. The front nine saw par breakers at 1 and 5 to ease him into a tie for the lead and he broke from that with a stunning approach to the ninth green, leaving him an uphill right to left six footer for birdie which he slotted into the cup. He took lunch one shot clear of Ashun Wu and Jason Scrivener on 6-under, both also in the clubhouse. Gregory Havret (thru 15) and Nino Bertasio (12) were on 5-under with holes to play catch-up.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 08:28:00 AM