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Joost Luiten |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/7/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 154
College: Netherlands

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Joost Luiten closed out The Honda Classic with a 1-under-par 35-34=69 to post 2-under 278 at the conclusion of 72 holes, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.
The Dutchman was the first to finish and sit inside the top 10 on the leaderboard. He hit only nine greens in regulation in the finale, but limited the damage to two bogeys, one of which was a three-putt from just outside 60 feet at the par-4 11th. He also picked off three birdies, including a hole-out from the rough seven yards away at the par-3 15th. Both of his other two measured between 11-17 feet. Luiten's career-best in 16 previous starts on the PGA TOUR was a T13 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in 2014, so he'll head back to Trump National Doral this week with great form. Mar 2 - 9:07 AM

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Joost Luiten moved his way up the leaderboard in the third round of The Honda Classic with a 3-under-par 34-33=67 and is the early clubhouse leader at 1-under 209 with 18 holes to play.

Luiten began his round on the back nine at PGA National's Champion Course and outpaced his lone bogey with a 32'7" birdie on the par-3 15th and an 11'8" birdie on the par-3 17th holes. Turning his attention to the front, he tapped in three more birdies to just one bogey. Irons have been the key, as he landed 14 greens in regulation on this round and led the tournament in GIR at the time of his posting. This is just his second start on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR schedule, with a T28 in the WGC-HSBC Champions the other event. The Dutchman is not a member of the PGA TOUR, so the equivalent of any FedExCup points he would earn would count towards Special Temporary Membership.
Mar 1 - 1:51 PM

Joost Luiten has remained busy overseas ahead of this week's Honda Classic.

Luiten has pegged it up 12 times overseas since his last PGA TOUR appearance at the 2014 PGA Championship. He's collected six top 25s in that stretch and also grabbed a third-place finish at the Volvo World Match Play Championship. The highlight of the fall was a victory at the ISPS Handa Wales Open where Luiten bested Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry by one stroke. Playing on a sponsor exemption this week, DFS gamers should give Luiten a strong look.
Feb 24 - 11:33 AM

Joost Luiten has struggled at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic but a top 25 last year may provide the stepping stone for a first title challenge.

This will be the Dutchman's sixth appearance at the Emirates Golf Club and three of the previous five have resulted in missed cuts. He first made the weekend with a T33 in 2012 and improved on that with a T23 last year after three 70s and a 69. Rust could be an issue for Luiten this time as he hasn't played the first two legs of the Gulf Swing. His last outing was a T24 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge. One positive is that he does boast a strong record in the region having banked four top 10s in his last six starts in the United Arab Emirates.
Jan 27 - 4:35 PM

Joost Luiten will enter the year slotted a career-best 28th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Technically, his projected rank will match his previous best in the last two weeks of November. The Dutchman will sit 29th until then, which is good enough for highest among PGA TOUR non-members. He's 11-for-16 in TOUR events, but he's still chasing a top 10. The four-time European Tour winner will turn 29 years of age on Jan. 7. Consider him a viable option in the WGCs where he's guaranteed to put points on the board while spelling a U.S.-based talent.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:46:00 PM

Joost Luiten is one of the hotter players in the field at this week's World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

Luiten won the ISPS Handa Wales Open, and followed that with a missed cut in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, a third-place finish in the Volvo World Match Play Championship and a T13 in last week's BMW Masters. While he's played this event once before, tying for 36 in 2012, this is his first look at Sheshan International GC as a host venue. If his current form is any indicator, it isn't out of the question that he sneaks away with a top-10 finish.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 08:08:00 PM

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.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 12:19:00 PM

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.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 06:58:00 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).
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 12:57:00 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.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 10:11:00 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.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 10:44:00 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.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 02:17:00 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.
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 10:12:00 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.
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 10:48:00 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