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Joost Luiten |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/7/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 154
College: Netherlands

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He didn't make it easy on himself, but Joost Luiten recorded a one-stroke victory over England's Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry of Ireland at the ISPS Handa Wales Open.
Luiten carried a two-shot lead in today's finale at The Celtic Manor Resort in City of Newport, but he closed with an even-par 38-33=71 to post 14-under 270. The Dutchman opened bogey-bogey and didn't find the first of three birdies until the par-5 11th hole. Sitting on the same margin with which he won entering the par-5 72nd hole, Luiten found trouble off the tee, but eventually lagged a cross-country putt to set up the tap-in par. Fleetwood carded a 4-under 37-30=67 and walked off birdie-eagle (at the par-4 15th)-birdie-birdie-birdie. Lowry traded four birdies with three bogeys for a disappointing 70. This is Luiten's fourth title on the European Tour and first since the 2013 KLM Open. Sep 21 - 12:19 PM

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Joost Luiten backed up his opening 68 at the PGA Championship with a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in his second round to post 5-under 137 at the break.

He hit just 11 greens in regulation for the second straight day, but lassoed five birdies, including a 17-yard hole-out from off the green at the par-5 seventh hole. His longest conventional conversion ranged 26'1" at the par-4 16th. He bogeyed three of the seven holes where he didn't find the GIR, so at some point you'd think that he's flushing his fortune away sooner than later.
Aug 8 - 6:58 PM

Joost Luiten opened the 96th PGA Championship with a 3-under-par 33-35=68 to establish very early possession of the clubhouse lead.

The Dutchman went out in the second threesome off the first tee at Valhalla this morning and promptly rolled in a birdie at the opening par 4. He'd add five, including conversions from 11'11" at the sixth hole and 27'10" at the ninth, both par 4s. Luiten landed only 11 greens in regulation, however. It led to two bogeys. He'd save par from 12'4" at the par-5 10th, but suffered a third bogey via a three-putt from 33'1" at the par-4 fourth. He's making his third start in his major and seeking his second payday (T21, 2012).
Aug 7 - 12:57 PM

Joost Luiten will have his second look at Firestone Country Club at this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Luiten finished T63 in his 2012 Bridgestone debut, but enters this week with much better form and standing in the Official World Golf Rankings. Prior to his 2012 start, he had just one top 15 on the season, which compares very unfavorably to this year in which he's earned six. His game has slipped as of recent, with finishes outside the top 50 in three of his last four, but he's shown his upside to gamers many times already this year.
Jul 29 - 10:11 PM

Joost Luiten turns his attention to Pinehurst No. 2 for his debut at this week's U.S. Open.

The Dutchman arrives in fantastic form, finishing 26th or better in five of his last six worldwide events. While this may be his first U.S. Open, his track record across all major championships is 4-for-5, with a T26 at the Masters and T21 and the PGA Championship being his best results.
Jun 11 - 10:44 AM

Joost Luiten spun a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the Masters, posting 4-over 292 in the clubhouse.

The Dutchman opened with six pars, then bagged birdies at the par-4 seventh and par-5 eighth. His only blemish of the day came in the form of a bogey on the par-4 10th, but he rebounded with birdies on four of his final five holes. This was his first trip to Augusta National, so consider this a positive learning experience for future Masters.
Apr 13 - 2:17 PM

Joost Luiten will get his first glimpse of Augusta National in this year's Masters.

Luiten hasn't competed since his T13 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, meaning he is well rested to say the least. Before that, he missed the cut at the Northern Trust Open and lost in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Augusta National generally requires some local knowledge, so expectations should be relatively low for the Dutchman.
Apr 7 - 10:12 PM

Joost Luiten makes his way to the United States for the Northern Trust Open via a sponsor exemption.

The Dutchman has already made three appearances across the globe in 2014, highlighted by a third-place finish at the Volvo Golf Champions. This will be his first look at Riviera Country Club, as it's likely his primary reason for the trip to the U.S. is the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship next week. He's 41st in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Feb 11 - 10:48 PM

Joost Luiten was 1-over-par through 13 holes in his opening round of the Turkish Airlines Open when darkness suspended play for the day.

The start of the tournament was delayed by three hours due to thunderstorms, so only 15 of the 78 golfers in the field completed 18 holes. Luiten is back inside the ropes since tapping one drive at the BMW Masters two weeks ago before walking off with a shoulder injury. He's holed one birdie against two bogeys thus far at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Antalya.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 12:58:00 PM

Joost Luiten has been removed from the published field of this week's World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

The information out of China has filtered out in trickles, but he's also been replaced in the tee times that were released on Tuesday. This was complemented by the previously unconfirmed rumblings that the scheduled six, not the originally published five, Chinese golfers were, indeed, set to compete. (Ming-jie Huang of China has filled Luiten's vacancy.) In addition, in the morning hours (U.S. time), the Dutchman wrote the following on Twitter: "Shoulder is getting better every day! I hope I will make turkey! Thanks for al [sic] the nice support messages!" He's referring to next week's Turkish Airlines Open and not dinner, although we can't rule it out.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 02:15:00 AM

Joost Luiten withdrew from the BMW Masters after his tee ball in the opening round, citing a shoulder injury.

Every now and then, a golfer taps one ball and walks off in order to retain eligibility or earn guaranteed earnings or points on the table. The 78-man BMW Masters is the first event of the new Final Series on the European Tour. To be eligible for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship (which will host 60 golfers), golfers must compete in no fewer than two of the first three events of The Final Series. So, Luiten probably would have withdrawn prior to his round if not for that requirement. Keep this in mind if you're considering him for a lineup at next week's World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 11:28:00 AM

With a par on the first hole of sudden death, Joost Luiten emerged as the champion of the KLM Open.

Luiten slept on a one-stroke lead over Miguel Angel Jiménez after 54 holes at Kennemer Golf & Country Club in Zandvoort. The Spaniard held the outright lead after the first round and co-led at the midpoint. MAJ closed with a 3-under-par 32-35=67 to post 12-under 268 while the Dutchman carded a 2-under 34-34=68 in the same final threesome. Returning to the par-4 18th for the playoff, Luiten would secure a standard-issue par, but Jiménez missed a mid-range comebacker to extend. "I made a few mistakes and although I saved par each time I thought to just hang in there until the back nine and hopefully I can make a move there and that happened," Luiten said. The native of The Netherlands is the first countryman since Maarten Lafeber in 2003 to win this tournament (at Hilversumsche in Hilversum). It's Luiten second European Tour victory of the season and third title of his career. After starting the week ranked 81st in the world, he should slide inside the top 60.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 01:14:00 PM

With a closing 1-under-par 35-36=70 at the Lyoness Open, Joost Luiten puts his signature on a two-stroke victory, his second on the European Tour.

Once the 27-year-old native of The Netherlands grabbed the lead after 36 holes, he didn't relinquish it. Luiten opened the margin to three shots entering the final round before offsetting two bogeys with three birdies at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria to post 17-under 65-68-67-71=271. Thomas Björn took runner-up honors. Defending champ Bernd Wiesberger of Austria settled for a share of 14th place. Luiten's first title on his home circuit occurred at the Iskandar Johor Open in 2011. That moved him inside the top 70 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He entered this week slotted 137th, but today's win will bump him back inside the top 100.
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 11:58:00 AM

The second round of the PGA Championship was suspended for darkness at 8:16 p.m. ET, stranding Joost Luiten on the par-4 18th hole.

The Dutchman is the only golfer not to withdraw during his second round that hasn't completed 36 holes. He's 1-over and in great shape of surviving the cut that will fall at 6-over 150. Luiten will return to the course at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. His score on the final hole will impact the pairings for the third round, which is scheduled to start at 8:40 a.m.
Fri, Aug 10, 2012 08:59:00 PM

Joost Luiten carded a 4-under-par 31-37=68 in his opening round of the PGA Championship, finishing two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

The 26-year-old Dutchman was today's rabbit, racing out to bogey-free 8-under through 14 holes. However, he closed with four consecutive bogeys on holes 6-9. He climbed into this field via his spot inside the top 100 of the latest Official World Golf Ranking. Luiten is currently 99th despite just one top 10 all year.
Thu, Aug 9, 2012 02:50:00 PM