It was Dutch delight in the KLM Open as Joost Luiten’s name was up in lights at the top of the leaderboard, winning his home title in Holland.
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Joost became the first Dutchman to win his home title with his victory at the KLM Open at Kennemer Golf & Country Club in Zandvort, Holland, in a sudden death play-off. Joost, who started the day with a one shot lead, had finished the tournament at -12 under par, tied with Miguel Angel Jiménez. The last round scores were; Joost with a -2 under par 68, while Miguel carded -3 under par 69. So a play-off was required to find the winner. It did not take long as Joost won the first play-off hole, the 18th, with a par, Miguel missed his six-foot par attempt.
It was a day of double Dutch delight as compatriot Daan Huizing won the Kharkov Superior Cup on The Challenge Tour, in the Ukraine.
The winning putt brought a massive cheer from the packed home gallery, and Joost thinks the victory will be good for Dutch golf. This is also his second victory this year having won the Lyoness Open, powered by Greenfinity in Austria earlier this season. He was full of praise for Miguel’s play today;
“Miguel was playing great, especially on the front nine when he started with four birdies in six holes and I was struggling a little bit. I made a few mistakes and although I saved par each time I thought to just hang in there until the back nine and hopefully I can make a move there and that happened. I don’t know what it means for Dutch golf but I think it’s pretty big. Maarten Lafeber won it in 2003 and that was huge, and to have another Dutch winner now I think it will help the game here and hopefully we can create more Dutch winners for this tournament.”
Miguel was hoping to record his 13th victory since turning 40 years old, but in the end had to settle for second place;
“It was a tough day in the wind and not easy for anyone. I was happy to be in contention once more.”
Simon Dyson, a three-time champion here, finished three shots back in a share of third place alongside fellow Englishman Ross Fisher, Ireland’s Damien McGrane and France’s Grégory Havret, all finishing on -9 under par.