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Joost Luiten

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

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Joost Luiten hasn't made the top 40 in four previous starts but has plenty of good form heading into the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon in Scotland.
The Dutchman posted T63 on his debut at Royal St George's in 2011 and was T45 at Royal Lytham in 2012 but he's since missed cuts at Hoylake and St Andrews. This season he's enjoyed back-to-back second places at the Spanish Open and Shenzhen International while the latest of five further top 10s came via T9 in the Open de France earlier this month. Luiten goes out early (07:03) on Thursday alongside Argentina's Emiliano Grillo and American Charley Hoffman. Jul 12 - 6:45 AM

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Joost Luiten pieced together a 1-under-par 33-37=70 in Friday's second round at the Open de France and, at 3-under 139, is just two shots off the pace going into the weekend.

The Dutchman set out strongly with two birdies (12 and 18) in his opening nine but found the going much tougher on Le Golf National's trickier front nine and squared bogeys at 2 and 8. But at the 592-yard 9th, his closing hole, he managed to splash a final piece of red to secure his second under-par round of the week. Today, he piped 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 15 greens in regulation, took 32 putts and was 2-for-3 in scrambling. Luiten's T18 last year is the only time he's made the top 40 in five starts in this event but he's now on course to beat that and, indeed, push for the title. He goes into the weekend in T9 and two behind the five leaders which include Rory McIlroy.
Jul 1 - 12:59 PM

Joost Luiten painted Gut Larchenhof red and yellow with a second round 5-under-par 33-34=67 at the BMW International Open.

The Dutchman withstood a mid-round stumble - when posting bogeys at 10 and 12 - to march into the top ten on 7-under 137. The round had begun in smooth fashion with birdies at 1, 3 and 5 before those dropped shots, and he wasted no time regaining the initiative as he marked an eagle-3 at the 519-yard par-five 13th. Two more par breakers at 15 and 17 completed the day's work. Sixth last time out in Austria, Luiten is now on track for his 10th top 15 finish of the season. He missed just 2 greens in regulation Friday and a mere 5 through the first 36 holes.
Jun 24 - 12:47 PM

Joost Luiten had to settle for a 1-under-par 37-34=71 in his second round at the Lyoness Open in Austria although it kept him inside the top 10.

Luiten has now posted 17 rounds of par or better in his 18 laps of Diamond CC but this wasn't one of the more memorable. After four pars he swallowed a bogey at 14 and signed for another at 17. At that point he was sliding into the pack but the Dutchman then found a groove with birdies at 18, 1, 2 and 4. Frustratingly, he played the final five holes in 1-over to settle at 4-under 140. Right now, that's good enough for solo eighth and just three shots off the lead although the afternoon wave are early in their rounds. No real damage though and Luiten is still in position to get the top three finish he needs to make next week's US Open at Oakmont.
Jun 10 - 8:32 AM

Joost Luiten has never finished outside the top three in the Lyoness Open and is on track to maintain that record after shooting a 3-under-par 32-37=69 in Thursday's first round.

That's a particularly relevant stat this week as the Dutchman requires a top three to have a chance of qualifying for next week's US Open at Oakmont. He set out like a man on a mission today with par breakers at 1, 4, 5 and 6 and wiped out a bogey at 8 with another birdie at 9 to turn in just 32. He hit trouble with bogeys at 10 and 11 but closed with six pars and a gain at 15 to secure his eighth round in the 60s at Diamond Country Club. The previous seven helped him win in 2013 and post top threes in 2011 and 2014. Today, he hit 15 greens in regulation despite splitting just 6 (of 14) fairways. Luiten used his putter 31 times so that's an area he'll want to improve. At completion he was T7, five shots off the lead.
Jun 9 - 2:32 PM

First-round co-leader Joost Luiten put in reverse down the stretch at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday and had to settle for a 2-over-par 74.

That was nine swings higher than the opening 65 although he's still currently T4 on the live leaderboard. It all looked plain sailing for the Dutchman when he hit 9-under with circles at 2 and 4 but he gave those gains back with bogeys at 5 and 6. A birdie at 12 put him back under par for the day but then came his difficult finish which included three straight bogeys at Nos. 14-16 and 5s at the two long closing holes. Luiten needed 33 putts in round two after piping 9 (of 14) fairways and hitting 13 greens in regulation. He's five behind leader Danny Willett.
May 27 - 9:16 AM

Afternoon starter Joost Luiten made it a three-way tie atop the first-round leaderboard at the BMW PGA Championship after shooting a 7-under-par 31-34=65.

The Dutchman matched the clubhouse target set by Scott Hend and YE Yang after trading nine birdies against two bogeys in his opening lap of Wentworth's West Course. The trio are a shot ahead of Masters champion Danny Willett. Luiten wiped out a bogey at the first with a birdie-2 at No. 2 and made further gains at 4, 6, 7 and 8 to turn in 31. He reeled off three more par breakers at 12, 13 and 15 to join the lead before swallowing a bogey at 16. But Luiten, who has eight top 15s from 11 starts this season, circled red at 18 to join Hend and Yang. His two dropped shots came after finding sand while he split 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 14 greens in regulation and took just 25 swishes of the short-stick.
May 26 - 2:35 PM

Joost Luiten's imperious form shows no sign of wilting, as he posted a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in round one of the Volvo China Open.

The Dutchman is making his 10th start of the season and has failed to shoot 72 or better just twice in 35 tours of 18 holes. More often than not he is going low - as evidenced by 8 top 15 finishes in that period - and he looks on track to repeat this week after another composed effort. On the front nine he posted red at 3, 7 and 8. He opened the back nine with a birdie-3 on 10 followed by an eagle-2 on the 317-yard par-four 11th. Two bogeys followed at 13 and 15, but he got back on track with a final par breaker on 16. He missed just two greens and dropped his one shot when unable to save par from off the putting surface.
Apr 28 - 6:44 AM

Joost Luiten is favorite with the bookmakers to land this week's Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing.

That's no surprise after back-to-back second places in the Open de Espana and last week's Shenzhen International and it's worth noting, before that, he'd racked up three other top 10s in his previous five starts. The Dutchman's sustained spell of hot form has lifted him to eighth spot on the Race to Dubai and the carrot of a Ryder Cup spot will motivate him further. Luiten faces a new course this week but he's shone on a variety of layouts in this event. He's made the top 20 in all four of his Volvo China Open starts, that run peaking with T8 at Binhai Lake on his last appearance in 2013. He's a no-brainer pick for the European Tour fantasy game this week.
Apr 27 - 6:54 AM

After a solo second in last week's Open de Espana, Joost Luiten posted T2 at the Shenzhen International after wrapping up his weather-hit week in China with a bogey-free 4-under-par 35-33=68.

With just three holes to finish off on Monday, Luiten boosted his final cheque by jumping from T4 to joint runner-up with a par-par-birdie finish to post 14-under 274 alongside Brandon Stone, two behind winner Soomin Lee. "It's been another really good week for me. I played some consistent golf," said Luiten. "I was good on the greens. If I look back, the third round, when I shot level par, I didn't score enough, and that's maybe that little bit that I needed but it's been a good week." The 30-year-old finished fifth in greens in regulation for the week after hitting 17 of 18 in his final lap of Genzon GC. After these back-to-back second places, he'll stay on in China and try to go one better by winning the Volvo China Open in Beijing this week.
Apr 25 - 2:15 AM

Joost Luiten dismantled the layout on his way to a second round 6-under-par 30-36=66 at the Shenzhen International, for a 36 hole total of 10-under 134, good enough for second, three behind leader Soomin Lee, after the early wave of finishers.

The Dutchman started from the 10th tee and was in no mood to hang about. He made eagle-2 on the 325 yard par-four 11th and closed out with four straight birdies on 15, 16, 17 and 18. His performance on the front nine was disrupted by a weather dealy but he added more red at 2 and 4, only to close with bogeys at 5 and 8. He required just 25 putts in his round and his 10-under total left him three shy of clubhouse leader Soomin Lee but clear of the chasing pack. He is in prime position to chase a win after finishing top 15 in 7 of his 8 seasonal starts.
Apr 22 - 6:26 AM

Joost Luiten enjoyed another good day on the European Tour, posting an opening 4-under-par 35-33=68 in round one of the Sheshan International in China.

The Dutchman was runner-up at the Open de Espana last week and has five top 10s already this season. It was more of the same today as he crafted five birdies against a single bogey in his afternoon lap of Genzon GC. That birdie set included gains at three of the four par 5s (9, 13 and 17). Luiten is just two swings behind joint leaders Alexander Levy of France and Korean youngster Soomin Lee. He found the short grass from the tee 10 times out of 14 and hit 15 greens in regulation.
Apr 21 - 7:47 AM

Joost Luiten crafted a fine level-par round of 34-37=71, but came up one short of the target set by winner Andrew Johnston at the Open de Espana on 2-over 286.

It's been quite a start to the season for the Dutchman, in fact you could say he is flying. This effort is his best finish of the year, but his 7th top 15 result in 8 starts. He needed just 49 putts on the weekend (23 Saturday, 26 Sunday) as he chased the leaders with a controlled game. Ultimately he came up one shy, but it was a quality effort in which he never once looked fazed by the heat of battle. An early bogey on No. 3 was no bother: he birdied the 4th and then drained another birdie putt from 35 feet on No. 5. He dropped a further shot on the par-five 11th. On the tough final hole he chased the flag with his approach and found sand. Unable to find the bottom of the cup from the bunker he tapped in for solo second.
Apr 17 - 10:19 AM

Joost Luiten essayed a remarkable 1-under-par round of 35-35=70 to post 2-over 215 after 54 holes of the Open de Espana, good enough for T2 at the conclusion of play.

The Dutchman had to call on all his resources on yet another tough day at Valderrama. He missed 10 greens in regulation and made par only four times when he did so, but in striking the putter a mere 23 times he more than made up for those weaknesses. He swapped three front nine birdies for three bogeys, but closed well, circling red at 15 and 17, to atone for a bogey in between on 16. It’s been a good start to the 2016 season for Luiten, as he’s finished top 15 in 6 of his 7 starts. The only time he failed was when shooting 77-68 last time out in Delhi. He’ll be gunning for victory tomorrow and should he claim the honours it will be his first title since the Wales Open in September 2014. He lies in T2 alongside Martin Kaymer and Andrew Johnston, one shot shy of Mike Lorenzo-Vera's lead.
Apr 16 - 12:28 PM

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