Luiten crowned King at of Holland at KLM Open with a course-record equalling 63

Luiten crowned King at of Holland at KLM Open with a course-record equalling 63
The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands

#Luiten crowned King at of Holland at KLM Open 

Luiten crowned King at of Holland at KLM Open
Tournament: KLM Open
Venue: The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands
Prize fund: €1,800,000
Hashtag: #KLMOpen

Round four report
Home hero Joost Luiten fired a brilliant course-record equalling 63 to make history and win his second KLM Open at The Dutch.
Enormous galleries had been following the 30 year old all week in Spijk, and he gave them the result they so desperately craved with a scintillating display of iron play and long-range putting to hold off the challenge of Bernd Wiesberger.
The pair went blow for blow for large parts of Sunday afternoon but three birdies in his final five holes helped Luiten to a 19 under total and a three-shot victory over the Austrian.
The triumph makes Luiten the first Dutch player to win his national Open twice since it joined the European Tour in 1972 - following his win in 2013 - and makes him a five-time winner on Tour.
It is his first win for almost two years and reward for a brilliantly consistent 2016 so far that saw him come into the week with eight top tens including two runner-up finishes and represent his country at the Olympic Men's Golf Competition.
South Korea's Byeong-hun An was then third at 13 under after matching Austria's Wiesberger with a 65, a shot ahead of Spaniard Alejandro Cañizares, English duo Ben Evans and David Horsey and Australia's Scott Hend.
But the day belonged to Luiten who channelled the pressure of carrying the hopes of a nation into one of the most remarkable final round performances of the season as he made a total of ten birdies to conquer all of his challengers and delight his adoring home crowd.
Player Quotes
JOOST LUITEN (-19): “The first one was special but this one very special. To have the Dutch people behind me all week and to be able to stand here with the trophy in my hands is very special. It was one of those days where everything I looked at went in the hole. People talk about the zone, and I think I was in it today. I missed one shot when I went in the water on 13 but besides that I didn’t do much wrong. These are the kind of days that make it all worth getting out of bed for.
“I only realised when I walked off 18 that someone said I had made ten birdies. I had no idea it was that many – I was trying to keep my head down and stay ahead of Bernd because he was getting closer and closer. So I just kept trying to make birdies and then to have a three shot lead coming down the last was amazing.
“Sometimes it can be more difficult to have a tournament on your home course because the pressure and expectation can be too much but I just tried to stay calm all week because I knew I was swinging it well and the big thing for me was my mental game. I didn’t let myself down mentally and to be able to pull through in front of all these people was special.
“This makes up for any disappointments this season. I had been so close to winning this year in Spain and China but to win here in front of your home support just makes you forget about all the disappointing results. We will see what happens but I just want to keep this form going and see where it takes me.”
BERND WIESBERGER (-16): “It was a great final round but then I finished a bit sloppily unfortunately. But there were so many positives out there today and hit so many good shots that I can take a lot of positives from the week. My season hasn’t been great so far this year – it certainly hasn’t been up to the standard that I would expect so this week has felt like I have turned a corner.
“It was great to be back in contention in the back nine and nice to remind the guys that I am still around! All in all it was great fun out there and the other good thing about this week was my putting. That is something that I really want to take forward for the rest of the season and hopefully I can keep giving myself good chances to be in contention.”
Round four scores
265 J Luiten (Ned) 69 64 69 63,
268 B Wiesberger  (Aut) 66 66 71 65,
271 B An (Kor) 66 72 68 65,
272 A Cañizares  (Esp) 67 67 70 68, B Evans  (Eng) 65 69 68 70, D Horsey (Eng) 67 68 67 70, S Hend (Aus) 67 68 64 73,
273 C Hanson (Eng) 66 71 67 69, M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) 68 68 69 68,
274 S Lee (Kor) 68 69 70 67, T Fleetwood  (Eng) 67 67 69 71, B Stone (RSA) 72 68 63 71, M Korhonen (Fin) 66 69 72 67, S Khan (Eng) 68 67 68 71, S Jamieson  (Sco) 68 70 69 67,
275 R Bland (Eng) 67 69 66 73, P Dunne (Irl) 74 64 68 69, P Hanson (Swe) 66 72 72 65, F Zanotti (Par) 68 69 70 68,
276 P Larrazábal (Esp) 70 71 69 66, J Lagergren (Swe) 66 70 70 70, L Haotong (Chn) 69 72 68 67, R McEvoy  (Eng) 69 67 73 67,
277 P Edberg (Swe) 73 68 66 70, N Colsaerts  (Bel) 71 69 65 72, J Campillo (Esp) 70 68 69 70, N Bertasio (Ita) 66 67 67 77,
278 D Gavins (Eng) 70 65 72 71, O Fisher  (Eng) 67 71 71 69, M Tabuena (Phi) 71 67 69 71, S Gros (Fra) 74 67 65 72, W Besseling  (Ned) 73 68 68 69, L Bjerregaard  (Den) 70 70 68 70,
279 J Fahrbring (Swe) 70 71 70 68, J Robinson (Eng) 68 68 76 67, E Molinari  (Ita) 75 65 70 69, M Kieffer (Ger) 70 69 70 70, T Linard (Fra) 69 72 69 69, D Im (USA) 70 67 67 75, R Langasque  (Fra) 68 73 69 69, A Noren  (Swe) 69 69 70 71, A Levy (Fra) 72 67 70 70, N Srithong (Tha) 67 72 70 70, E De La Riva  (Esp) 72 68 68 71,
280 T Van Der Walt (RSA) 68 72 70 70, M Manassero (Ita) 67 70 72 71, R Evans  (Eng) 73 66 69 72, D Brooks (Eng) 72 66 69 73, R Fisher (Eng) 70 66 73 71, N Elvira  (Esp) 69 68 74 69,
281 M Southgate  (Eng) 72 65 68 76, J Veerman (USA) 70 71 69 71, M Foster (Eng) 67 66 76 72, C Lee (Sco) 71 68 68 74, C Pigem Xammar (Esp) 70 70 71 70, R Dinwiddie  (Eng) 71 69 70 71, J Knutzon (USA) 72 68 71 70, S Webster (Eng) 69 71 72 69,
282 A Otaegui  (Esp) 73 68 67 74, C Wood  (Eng) 72 68 72 70, R Davies (Wal) 71 69 71 71,
283 M Baldwin (Eng) 67 71 73 72, G Storm  (Eng) 69 67 76 71, L Jensen (Den) 72 69 69 73, J Carlsson (Swe) 68 71 75 69,
284 M Fraser (Aus) 73 68 72 71, M Lafeber (Ned) 71 70 74 69,
285 F Laporta (Ita) 71 69 74 71,
286 R Karlsson (Swe) 69 72 74 71, J Parry (Eng) 74 67 74 71,
288 S Benson (Eng) 69 70 72 77,
289 D Burmester (RSA) 70 71 71 77,
• His fifth European Tour International Schedule victory in his 201st European Tour event.
• Moves to 1,261,283 points in the Race to Dubai.
• Could move to inside the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking from 73rd.
• His first European Tour victory since the 2014 ISPS HANDA Wales Open – a gap of one year and 356 days.
• In that time played in 45 European Tour events between victories.
• This victory beats his previous best finishes since his 2014 win of second in the 2016 Real Club Valderrama Open de España hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation and tied second in the 2016 Shenzhen International.
• Has claimed 11 top ten finishes since his 2014 win in Wales.
• To highlight his excellent 2016 form, this victory is his ninth top ten finish of the season. Was tied fifth in the Alfred Dunhill Championship and Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, sixth in the Thailand Classic presented by Chang, tied eighth in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, second in the Real Club Valderrama Open de España hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation, tied second in the Shenzhen International, tied sixth in the Lyoness Open powered by Sporthilfe Cashback Card, tied ninth in the 100th Open de France and first in the KLM Open.
• His nine top ten finishes this season is the most of any player.
• Becomes the first Dutchman to win the KLM Open twice since the event became part of the European Tour in 1972.
• Becomes the third Dutch victory in the KLM Open since the event became part of the European Tour in 1972. They are: Maarten Lafeber (2003) and Joost Luiten (2013 and 16).
• His second victory comes in his 12th appearance in the KLM Open.
• His fifth top six finish in the KLM Open. Was second in 2007, tied sixth in 2011, first in 2013, tied fifth in 2014 and now first again in 2016.
• Began the day three shots behind. The second of his five European Tour victories where he has made up a final round deficit. The only previous deficit he made up was at the 2011 Iskandor Johor Open, when he made up four shots.
• The 16th winner this season to make up a final round deficit.
• His final round of 63 equals the lowest final round by a winner this season set by Henrik Stenson (The 145th Open Championship) and Charl Schwartzel (Tshwane Open).
• His final round in relation to par of 63 (-8) matches the lowest this season by Henrik Stenson (63 (-8) The 145th Open Championship) and Li Haotong (64 (-8) Volvo China Open).
• His final round of 63 matches the lowest final round by a winner in the history of the KLM Open, since the event became part of the European Tour in 1972. He joins Lee Westwood (63 (-8) in 1999) and Simon Dyson (63 (-7) in 2009).
 • Extends his lead at the top of the list for most Dutch wins. Robert-Jan Derksen is next with two.
• The ninth Dutch victory in European Tour history.
• The first Dutch victory of the season.
• The first Dutch victory since Luiten himself won the 2014 ISPS HANDA Wales Open.
• The first European Tour event he has recorded multiple victories in.
• Since the KLM Open became part of the European Tour in 1972, he joins Seve Ballesteros (1976, 80, 86), Bob Byman (1977-78), Graham Marsh (1979, 85), Bernhard Langer (1984, 92, 01), Stephen Leaney (1998, 2000) and Simon Dyson (2006, 09, 11), as players to record multiple victories.
• Becomes the first Dutchman to win the same European Tour event twice.
• Gains his eighth win as a professional.
• Gains a European Tour exemption until the end of the 2018 season.
• Would be the 13th victory on the 2016 European Tour season by a former European Challenge Tour player They are: Brandon Stone (BMW SA Open hosted by City of Ekurhuleni), Haydn Porteous (Joburg Open), Branden Grace (Commercial Bank Qatar Masters), Marcus Fraser (Maybank Championship Malaysia), Louis Oosthuizen (ISPS HANDA Perth International), Andrew Johnston Vera (Real Club Valderrama Open de España hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Nordea Masters), Henrik Stenson (BMW International Open, The 145th Open Championship) and Alex Noren (Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and Omega European Masters), Anthony Wall (Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play) and Joost Luiten (KLM Open).
• The 385th European Tour victory by a former Challenge Tour player.


Luiten crowned King at of Holland at KLM Open with a course-record equalling 63


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