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Joost Luiten

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

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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

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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

The Netherlands took a grip of Group A in the GolfSixes at Centurion Club in England as Joost Luiten and Reinier Saxton scored a 2-1 win over India.

With two of the three matches played, the Netherlands top the group with four points after following up their opening 1-1 draw against Denmark with a victory (earns three points) over S.S.P Chawrasia and Chikkarangappa S. The Dutch duo started fast with a winning birdie at No. 1 and doubled their lead at No. 2 as the Indian pair could only bogey. Three pars secured the match was won before the final hole which India won via par. With the other three matches in the group so far all ending in draws, it means the Netherlands would knock out England if they win their final group match against the tournament hosts later this afternoon.
May 6 - 9:05 AM

Joost Luiten secured his second sub-70 round of the week at the Volvo China Open, coming on strong after the turn to post 3-under-par 37-32=69 and 7-under 137 at the midpoint.

That’s four swings behind clubhouse leader Dylan Frittelli of South Africa. Luiten had bogeyed his final hole in an opening 68 and immediately dropped a shot on his resumption today, taking five swishes at the 10th. He balanced the books with birdie at 15 but a 5-5 finish (bogey at 17) to his opening nine meant the Dutchman turned in 1-over. He needed a move to stay in touch with the leaders and found one with four birdies in his next eight holes. Luiten set the ball rolling via birdie-3 at the 1st hole before ticking 3, 6 and 8 to get back inside the top 10.
Apr 28 - 5:08 AM

Joost Luiten swallowed a walk-off bogey-6 at 18 but still enjoyed an impressive opening lap at the Volvo China Open, signing for a 4-under-par 34-34=68 to finish Thursday's play in T8.

Luiten would have hoped to sit three behind leader Alexander Levy as he walked off the 17th green after making par but needed six swishes at the closer to slip five back. Prior to that, he'd enjoyed a fine afternoon with five birdies and 12 pars. On his front nine at Topwin Golf & CC, he ticked the par 5s at 4 and 8 and coming home he added red numbers at 11, 13 and 15. Luiten also opened with a 67 in this event last year before slipping to T44 so he'll hope to do a better job over his remaining 54 holes this time.
Apr 27 - 6:13 AM

Joost Luiten will seek to find third gear during the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club, after a season of stolid progress.

Although the Dutchman’s figures in this event lack sparkle (he is 2-2) his career singles record shows eight wins against four defeats. That log book is highlighted by third place in the 2014 Volvo World Match Play, when he downed Mikko Ilonen (the eventual winner), Graeme McDowell, Alex Levy, Pablo Larrazabal and George Coetzee. Twelve months ago he again defeated Levy as well as Kevin Na, before a narrow 2 up loss to Hideki Matsuyama led to his elimination. His record this year is almost bizarre in its conformity. In four starts he has never once broken 70 in round one and always finished in the top 30 without once getting inside the top 20. A strong European Tour performer he needs to take a step up in class soon and a top ten in a WGC event, something he’s failed to achieve in 12 starts, would be a good start. To accomplish that he will first need to get past Paul Casey, Charl Schwartzel and Byeong-Hun An in the first round Group 12.
Mar 21 - 6:40 AM

Joost Luiten turns his attention to Club de Golf Chapultepec ahead of this week's World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.

The Dutchman will be making his 11th start in a WGC event, so experience will not be an issue. His previous best in WGC events is a T13 which came at this event, but a different venue (2014, Trump National Doral). More recently, Luiten is swinging well, picking up six straight top 30s, internationally. Gamers looking for an under-the-radar option with upside, should give Luiten a very strong look this week.
Feb 27 - 7:01 PM

Joost Luiten will represent the Netherlands for a second time in the World Cup of Golf which takes place in Melbourne, Australia.

A winner of his home KLM Open earlier this year, Luiten will partner Darius van Driel at Kingston Heath. Van Driel will be an unfamiliar name to most. He's ranked down at 380th in the world (Luiten is 60th) and plays his golf on the Challenge Tour where he finished 34th on the Race to Oman this season. That included six top 10s, the most recent at the end of October. Luiten has happy memories of this event as on his only other start in 2011 he finished T4 alongside Robert-Jan Derksen at Mission Hills in China. That will be a hard act to follow this time given the inexperience of his partner. He ended the 2016 season with a trio of top 16 finishes and a consistent campaign gave him 15th place on the Race to Dubai.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 05:25:00 AM

Joost Luiten continues to deal only in pars and birdies at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and is T4 at the midpoint following a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in round two.

He's not been able to match leaders Francesco Molinari (12 birdies) and Sergio Garcia (10 birdies and an eagle) for par breakers so far at the Earth Course this week but he's made every one count. The Dutchman splashed red over two of his first five holes today after picking up shots at 2 and 5 but his only other circle came at the par-5 11th. Seven closing pars saw him end the day at 7-under 137 and just two off the lead. Luiten is one of just four players with two rounds in the 60s. He was one back after 36 holes when winning his home KLM Open in September.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 08:59:00 AM

Joost Luiten tapped in for birdie at the closing hole to complete a bogey-free 4-under-par 35-33=68 in round one of the DP World Tour Championship.

A steady start and fast finish helped the Dutchman walk off the course just one shy of leaders Julien Quesne and Nicolas Colsaerts. Through the first 10 holes his only deviation from par was a circle at No. 3. He added another birdie at 11 and then turned a decent day into a good one with par breakers at 17 and 18. His closing red number was Luiten's only birdie on the par 5s so he'll feel he left some shots out there. Nevertheless, this is still his lowest score by one in seven starts at Jumeirah Estates. His best was a day-three 65 in 2013 when he posted T4. A winner at his home KLM Open in September, Luiten arrived at the season closer ranked 16th on the Race to Dubai.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 06:53:00 AM

Wearing an orange shirt, Joost Luiten thrilled the partisan Dutch galleries in winning the KLM Open for a second time after a magnificent final round of 8-under-par 31-32=63 earned him a three-shot victory over Bernd Wiesberger on 19-under 265.

Luiten thrashed the inland links track at The Dutch GC Sunday, overhauling the pre-round lead of Scott Hend and brushing off the challenge of Wiesberger. In a stunning display he repeatedly fired bursts of birdies. There were two to start at 1 and 2, another brace at 6 and 7, three in three at 9, 10 and 11 in response to a bogey at 8, another pair at 14 and 15 to bounce back from a clumsy bogey-6 at the 13th, and then a kick-in birdie at 17 to complete the job. In a supreme performance he landed 16 greens in regulation and dropped four putts from the 25 to 40 feet range. His only weakness was a stray drive into water that caused the bogey at 13 and a failure to get up-and-down from off the green at 8. It was his first win since 2014 and fifth on the European Tour. "One of those days everything goes your way," he said afterwards. "I was in the zone all day. I think this is one my best rounds. It felt like my mental game was so strong today."
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 11:01:00 AM

Joost Luiten couldn't give the home crowd the thrills they craved but a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in round three of the KLM Open at The Dutch kept him on track to win the tournament for the second time in four years.

Luiten could only carve out three birdies on Saturday but he's limited his mistakes all week with 10-for-10 scrambling and his only bogey of the tournament is a three-putt 4 at the 16th today. The Dutchman's birdies came at 1, 8 and 18, his walk-off par breaker lifting him to 11-under 202. That puts him in a tie for third spot, three shots behind leader Scott Hend. Luiten has hit 44 of 54 greens in regulation so far this week (14 today) so if he can take more of his birdie chances he could add to the win he scored in this tournament at Kennemer in 2013. On that occasion he was the 54-hole leader by a shot and took the title by edging out Miguel Angel Jimenez at the first extra hole after shooting a 68 in his final round.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 12:10:00 PM