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Joost Luiten

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/7/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 154

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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. Nov 14 - 3:44 AM

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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 "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."
Nov 2 - 9:44 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.
Oct 22 - 12:09 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.
Oct 21 - 12:59 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.
Oct 20 - 12:11 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.
Oct 19 - 8:31 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.
Sep 22 - 1:46 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.
Sep 21 - 8:28 AM

Two-time and defending champion Joost Luiten was unable to reverse the tide of poor form and missed the cut by one stroke in the KLM Open at The Dutch; his second round of 33-35=68 unable to atone for an opening lap of 75.

His 1-over-par total of 143 was agonisingly close to being that crucial one stroke fewer, when his 20’0" birdie try at the par-5 18th hole slipped past the cup; he had even begun to wave it into the cup. In truth he dropped too many shots, even on the second circuit: three bogeys to curb the effect of four birdies and one eagle. It’s his sixth missed cut in 13 KLM Open appearances, but the first since 2012. It’s also his third missed weekend in four. Other notables that get the weekend off include: 143- Robert Rock ... 144- Andy Sullivan, Tom Lewis ... 145- Aaron Rai ... 146- Thongchai Jaidee ... 147- Jamie Donaldson ... 150- Nicolas Colsaerts.
Sep 16 - 5:25 AM

Joost Luiten was the King of the KLM Open last year, can he rediscover his A game at the The Dutch in front of his adoring orange-clad fans this week?

After Luiten won 12 months ago, his second home win and fourth top six since 2011 (to add to a second back in 2007), he was seen celebrating and singing with the greenkeeping staff. It was relaxed, genuine and fun – and it maybe hints at why he thrives in front of the home crowds. He’s down-to-earth and rides the support rather than allowing it to build pressure. The bookmakers make him favorite (an honor sometimes shared with Bernd Wiesberger) and that’s an act of faith in his event form because he’s stuck in a rut currently. He hasn’t had a top five since winning here last season, has only one top ten in that period (T7 at the Lyoness Open) and his T30 last week was his best in six starts.
Sep 13 - 4:02 AM

Joost Luiten makes the trip to North Carolina this week to contest the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

The Dutchman is 3-for-5 in the year’s final major, with all three finishes in the top 35. He posted T21 at Kiawah Island (best major result) in 2012, 26th at Valhalla in 2014 and T33 at Baltusrol last year. Luiten slots in at 49th on this season’s Race to Dubai having managed plenty of consistent finishes but just a single top 10 (T7 in June’s Lyoness Open). World No. 83 posted T44 in The Open in his last major before missing the cut in the following week’s European Open. This is his debut at Quail Hollow.
Aug 9 - 6:33 PM

Round two of The 146th Open was suspended due to heavy rain at 5:30 p.m. local time, giving golfers a break as the ground crew rush to clean up puddling around the course. Players are being held on the course, meaning they should return to play very shortly. UPDATE: Play was resumed at 5:45 p.m., just a 15 minute delay.

Heavy rains arrived quickly at Royal Birkdale, shortly after a lull in the wind. Golfers played through the rain for 10-to-20 minutes but the rains became too much for the greens to handle. The grounds crew will now bust out the squeegees in order to clear the puddles. Earlier in the day, the morning tee times had plenty of wind to deal with but didn't have the combination of wind and rain. One of those morning tee times was Joost Luiten who posted a 2-over-par 35-37=72 in round two to reach even-par 140 ahead of the weekend. He currently sits at T12 on the live leaderboard and could crack the top 10 before round three if the weather continues to toughen.
Jul 21 - 12:41 PM

Joost Luiten steadied a bogey-free, 2-under-par 34-34=68 during round one of The 146th Open, claiming a spot just outside the top 10 at the end of day one.

The Dutchman split eight (of 14) fairways en route to 12 greens in regulation. A perfect 6-for-6 scrambling effort kept his card clean, just one of three golfers to record a bogey-free round (Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar). Luiten is known for his steady hand, but that hasn't been the case at this event in year's past. In five previous attempts, he'd failed to record anything better than 73 in R1 of The Open, resulting in a 2-for-5 record at this event with a T45 being the best finish. Luiten is 7-for-14 in his career for major championships, still searching for his first top 20. If he can maintain today's consistent approach, he'll surely pick up a top 20 by week's end.
Jul 20 - 3:50 PM

Joost Luiten smashed eight birdies in an opening 6-under-par 32-34=66 at the BMW International at Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany, currently good enough for T2 on the live leaderboard and just a shot shy of clubhouse leader Thomas Detry.

Despite plenty of solid finishes, Luiten finally posted his first top 10 of the season with T7 at the Lyoness Open in Austria two weeks ago. After missing out on U.S. Open qualification he had extra incentive to do well here and rode the momentum of his closing 66 in Austria by matching that score today. His most dramatic burst of scoring came with a rush of four straight birdies from Nos. 4-7. That followed an early bogey at 2. The Dutchman picked up further shots at 9 and 11 before responding to a dropped shot at 14 with closing circles at 17 and 18 to pull within a shot of Detry's lead. Luiten has three previous top 11 finishes at this venue, including third place in 2011, and today's lap is his second lowest 18.
Jun 22 - 7:48 AM

Can Joost Luiten continue with his stunning course record at the Diamond CC when he tees it up in this week’s Lyoness Open?

The Dutchman absolutely loves the track in Atzenbrugg near Vienna. Bernd Wiesberger and Chris Wood have good records there, but Luiten’s is nothing short of sensational. In four appearances he has never ended the week worse than T6. But it goes further. He has not only led in three of the four runnings he has played, he has also never posted a round worse than 72 (par) and has been T7 or better at the end of 15 of his 16 rounds. Oh yeah, he claimed the win in 2013 as well. Last a winner in September’s KLM Open, he soon after went on a run of 12 consecutive tournaments of four rounds, but he broke that spell when missing the cut at last week’s Nordea Masters.
Jun 6 - 7:50 PM