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Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/7/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 154

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Joost Luiten continued his trophy bid at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a 5-under-par 32-35-67 in Saturday's third round taking him to 13-under 203, just three swings off Danny Willett's lead.
The Dutchman flew out of the gates today with birdies at four of his opening five holes before cooling off with bogeys at 6 and 11. But birdies on the back nine's opening two par 5s and another gain at 14 kept him on course for a fifth European Tour win. Luiten has finished T5 (Abu Dhabi) and T13 (Qatar) on the first two legs of the European Tour's 'Desert Swing' so is bang in form although he'll need to produce a stronger finish to win the title here after shooting 70 and 72 respectively in his last two closers. He hit 13 greens in regulation for the third day running but was only successful with two scrambles. Feb 6 - 9:16 AM

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Joost Luiten smoothed his way to a 5-under-par 33-34=67 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, notching an 8-under 136 halfway total.

The Dutchman cruised the Emirates GC, making a mockery of his course history, which indicates that in six previous visits this accomplished golfer has not only never finished in the top 20, but never before been positioned better than T19 at the end of any round. That will change today, however, as he lies T3 after the morning wave had returned to the clubhouse. Luiten made his move early, starting on the back nine. He birdied 10, 13, 14 and 15, before playing the rest of the course in straight pars with the exception of a final red number on the par-4 fifth. In all his previous visits he has never averaged less than 30 putts per round, but this week has needed only 55 so far.
Feb 5 - 4:33 AM

Joost Luiten hung up a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-35=68 in round two of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and is 7-under 137 at the midpoint.

That's three swings behind clubhouse leader Andy Sullivan and puts Luiten T3 on the live leaderboard. Once more, the Dutchman was strong from tee to green and so far this week has split 19 (of 28) fairways and hit 32 greens in regulation. He kept his scorecard tidy with 3-for-3 scrambling stats. Luiten picked up three of his four birdies in a burst at 15, 16 and 18 before adding one more at 7. He's finished T6 in this event for each of the last two years so looks all set for another big finish at Abu Dhabi GC.
Jan 22 - 7:28 AM

Joost Luiten cashed in on Leopard Creek's three back-nine par 5s and moved up to tied second place at the Alfred Dunhill Championship with a 2-under-par 38-32=70 on Friday.

The Dutchman's round looked to be getting away from him when he followed a double bogey-5 at 7 with another dropped shot at 8 to turn in 3-over 38. But from flirting with the cut, he surged into T2 thanks to a gain at 10, birdie-4s at 13 and 15 and a closing eagle at the 541-yard par-5 18th. Luiten arrived at 6-under 138 -- five shots behind clear leader Charl Schwartzel -- after splitting 8 (of 14) fairways, hitting 13 greens in regulation and taking 30 putts.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 12:34:00 PM

Local man Joost Luiten hung up a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-31=63 in his opening round at the KLM Open, good enough for a piece of the early clubhouse lead.

No surprises there. The Dutchman thrives at Kennemer and won at the par 70 two years ago, was T5 there last year and also runner-up when still a Challenge Tour player in 2007. However, today's round was his lowest at the Zandvoort layout and came courtesy of seven birdies and 11 pars. After a birdie at 10, his opening hole, Luiten added another at 17 to turn in 32 and then circled five more on his second nine. His set included 2s at Nos. 17, 3 and 8. For now, he's tied in the clubhouse alongside English duo David Horsey and James Morrison.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 07:52:00 AM

Joost Luiten delighted the locals when capturing the 2013 KLM Open in the Netherlands and will look to repeat the feat this year.

The Dutchman edged out Miguel Angel Jimenez in a playoff two years ago while he made a strong defence last year when T5. Very early in his career when still on the Challenge Tour he also finished runner-up so he's posted three big results on this week's course, Kennemer. If gamers want some current form too they'll have to make do with a T4 at the Scottish Open in early July. Since then he's missed cuts at the Open Championship and PGA Championship and finished T45 in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He's sat out the last three events on the European Tour.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 06:02:00 AM

Joost Luiten has yet to break into the top 50 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational but will have another crack this year.

Two visits have yielded only a T63 in 2012 and a T56 last year while seven of his eight laps of the South Course at Firestone Country Club have been over par. The Dutchman has produced a mixed bag in his last six starts but can take heart from a T11 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and a T4 in the Scottish Open at Gullane last month. He missed the cut in the Open Championship on his last start. Luiten has pegged it up nine times on American soil this year and has best finishes of T11 at the Honda Classic and T31 in The Heritage.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 09:11:00 AM

Joost Luiten birdied four of the final six holes in a 4-under 34-32=66 in round three of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and is up to T3.

The late surge took the Dutchman to 10-under 200 and that's just two swings more than leader Daniel Brooks. Luiten looked set for a day of frustration after managing just a single par breaker over the first 10 holes and then wiping that out with a bogey at 11. But he picked up a shot at 13 and reeled off three on the spin at 14, 16 and 17 to get himself into the penultimate group alongside Rickie Fowler on Sunday. The 29-year-old hit just 7 (of 14) fairways but found 13 greens in regulation and went 4-for-5 in scrambling.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 03:17:00 PM

Joost Luiten chased his opening 68 at the U.S. Open with a 1-under-par 38-31=69 to post 3-under 137 at the break.

It took the 29-year-old an entire nine to find a groove today, but all that matters is that he got there. Luiten settled for seven pars and two bogeys going out, but recorded three birdies and six pars on the back side of Chambers Bay. He's missed only three (of 28) fairways and eight greens in regulation thus far. This is his first payday in this tournament, although this is just his second appearance (MC, 2014).
Fri, Jun 19, 2015 04:49:00 PM

Joost Luiten carded a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in today's opening round of the U.S. Open.

Winds freshened this afternoon at Chambers Bay, but the Dutchman took it in stride. He hit 16 greens in regulation en route to four birdies. Luiten also swallowed a pair of bogeys, both on par 4s, before landing in the clubhouse three strokes off the pace of the co-leaders. Friday's forecast for the wind may actually benefit the later starters, so Luiten's test doesn't project to get any easier when he arrives at the first tee for his second round at 7:44 a.m. PT.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 10:21:00 PM

Joost Luiten will look to improve his Race To Dubai position at this week's Nordea Masters at PGA Sweden National.

The Dutchman has mixed his time between the European and PGA TOURs this season and has made just six starts on his home circuit. Encouragingly for Luiten, his best result came on his most recent appearance when T11 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. This is his debut at The Lakes but he did post T11 in this event in 2013 when it was staged at Bro Hof Slott.
Mon, Jun 1, 2015 01:56:00 PM

Joost Luiten birdied the final three holes in a 5-under-par 33-34=67 to secure a spot on page one of the leaderboard at the BMW PGA Championship.

Right now, the Dutchman sits in T4 at 5-under 139. That represents a leap of 34 spots and puts him five behind leader Francesco Molinari with 36 holes to play. Friday's second round got off to an inauspicious start as he dropped a shot at the first but he went on to find seven birdies against a single bogey. Par breakers at 16, 17 and 18 meant he matched his previous low 18 at Wentworth which he set in round three last year when finishing T12. Luiten has hit 21 (of 28) fairways so far this week.
Fri, May 22, 2015 09:35:00 AM

With eight birdies in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship, Joost Luiten outplayed Alexander Levy 1-up.

It was the last match of the day but it didn't influence who advanced to the round of 16 -- undefeated Hideki Matsuyama had already secured the berth -- but it was, nonetheless, a sparkling display of golf. Luiten went bogey-free and still needed a birdie at the par-5 18th to close out the Frenchman. Levy circled an eagle-win at the par-5 fifth and found five birdies elsewhere. He never led but he didn't sit worse than 1-down at any point. For the record, Levy went 0-3 in his debut in the tournament. Luiten enjoyed a 2-1 slate in his second appearance.
Fri, May 1, 2015 10:19:00 PM

Joost Luiten used 19 holes to beat Kevin Na in the first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

It was the last of the 32 matches to finish today, and it came to pass when Na bogeyed the par-5 first hole on his second time through. He was so disappointed with his par effort that he tapped it in before it stopped moving after it passed the back of the hole on the left side. While he made the turn 1-up, Luiten surrendered the lead with a bogey at the par-4 10th. Na scratched out a 2-up lead through 16, but lost 17 with bogey and 18 to the Dutchman's birdie-4 at 18. Na is now 0-3 in this tournament, but he's guaranteed two more matches this week. He'll need to win both to have a chance to advance. Tomorrow's opponent is Alexander Levy. Luiten draws Hideki Matsuyama.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 10:40:00 PM

Joost Luiten ripped off a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in his opening round of the RBC Heritage.

Now this is what investors have been wanting since he announced several weeks ago that he'd be busy through THE PLAYERS. Luiten circled five birdies today, but none longer than his first from 11'5" at the par-4 first hole. He dropped shot with a bogey-5 at No. 8 and a double bogey at the par-3 14th, but he's just three strokes behind the overnight co-leaders. While the Dutchman opened his U.S. barnstorm with a T11 at The Honda Classic, today's score is his first red number in seven starts on the PGA TOUR this season. This is his 22nd career on the circuit but his first on Hilton Head Island.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 06:12:00 PM