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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'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

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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

Joost Luiten smoothed his way to a 5-under-par 33-34=67 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, notching an 8-under 136 halfway total.

The Dutchman cruised the Emirates GC, making a mockery of his course history, which indicates that in six previous visits this accomplished golfer has not only never finished in the top 20, but never before been positioned better than T19 at the end of any round. That will change today, however, as he lies T3 after the morning wave had returned to the clubhouse. Luiten made his move early, starting on the back nine. He birdied 10, 13, 14 and 15, before playing the rest of the course in straight pars with the exception of a final red number on the par-4 fifth. In all his previous visits he has never averaged less than 30 putts per round, but this week has needed only 55 so far.
Feb 5 - 4:33 AM

Joost Luiten hung up a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-35=68 in round two of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and is 7-under 137 at the midpoint.

That's three swings behind clubhouse leader Andy Sullivan and puts Luiten T3 on the live leaderboard. Once more, the Dutchman was strong from tee to green and so far this week has split 19 (of 28) fairways and hit 32 greens in regulation. He kept his scorecard tidy with 3-for-3 scrambling stats. Luiten picked up three of his four birdies in a burst at 15, 16 and 18 before adding one more at 7. He's finished T6 in this event for each of the last two years so looks all set for another big finish at Abu Dhabi GC.
Jan 22 - 7:28 AM

Joost Luiten cashed in on Leopard Creek's three back-nine par 5s and moved up to tied second place at the Alfred Dunhill Championship with a 2-under-par 38-32=70 on Friday.

The Dutchman's round looked to be getting away from him when he followed a double bogey-5 at 7 with another dropped shot at 8 to turn in 3-over 38. But from flirting with the cut, he surged into T2 thanks to a gain at 10, birdie-4s at 13 and 15 and a closing eagle at the 541-yard par-5 18th. Luiten arrived at 6-under 138 -- five shots behind clear leader Charl Schwartzel -- after splitting 8 (of 14) fairways, hitting 13 greens in regulation and taking 30 putts.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 12:34:00 PM

Local man Joost Luiten hung up a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-31=63 in his opening round at the KLM Open, good enough for a piece of the early clubhouse lead.

No surprises there. The Dutchman thrives at Kennemer and won at the par 70 two years ago, was T5 there last year and also runner-up when still a Challenge Tour player in 2007. However, today's round was his lowest at the Zandvoort layout and came courtesy of seven birdies and 11 pars. After a birdie at 10, his opening hole, Luiten added another at 17 to turn in 32 and then circled five more on his second nine. His set included 2s at Nos. 17, 3 and 8. For now, he's tied in the clubhouse alongside English duo David Horsey and James Morrison.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 07:52:00 AM

Joost Luiten delighted the locals when capturing the 2013 KLM Open in the Netherlands and will look to repeat the feat this year.

The Dutchman edged out Miguel Angel Jimenez in a playoff two years ago while he made a strong defence last year when T5. Very early in his career when still on the Challenge Tour he also finished runner-up so he's posted three big results on this week's course, Kennemer. If gamers want some current form too they'll have to make do with a T4 at the Scottish Open in early July. Since then he's missed cuts at the Open Championship and PGA Championship and finished T45 in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He's sat out the last three events on the European Tour.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 06:02:00 AM

Joost Luiten has yet to break into the top 50 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational but will have another crack this year.

Two visits have yielded only a T63 in 2012 and a T56 last year while seven of his eight laps of the South Course at Firestone Country Club have been over par. The Dutchman has produced a mixed bag in his last six starts but can take heart from a T11 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and a T4 in the Scottish Open at Gullane last month. He missed the cut in the Open Championship on his last start. Luiten has pegged it up nine times on American soil this year and has best finishes of T11 at the Honda Classic and T31 in The Heritage.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 09:11:00 AM

Joost Luiten birdied four of the final six holes in a 4-under 34-32=66 in round three of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and is up to T3.

The late surge took the Dutchman to 10-under 200 and that's just two swings more than leader Daniel Brooks. Luiten looked set for a day of frustration after managing just a single par breaker over the first 10 holes and then wiping that out with a bogey at 11. But he picked up a shot at 13 and reeled off three on the spin at 14, 16 and 17 to get himself into the penultimate group alongside Rickie Fowler on Sunday. The 29-year-old hit just 7 (of 14) fairways but found 13 greens in regulation and went 4-for-5 in scrambling.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 03:17:00 PM