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Willibrordus Adrianus Maria "Joost" Luiten (born 7 January 1986) is a Dutch professional golfer who plays on the European Tour.

Joost Luiten
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Personal information
Full nameWillibrordus Adrianus Maria Luiten
Born (1986-01-07) 7 January 1986 (age 33)
Bleiswijk, Netherlands
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb; 11 st 0 lb)
Nationality Netherlands
ResidenceBleiswijk, Netherlands
Career
Turned professional2006
Current tour(s)European Tour
Professional wins9
Highest ranking28 (23 November 2014)[1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour6
Asian Tour1
Challenge Tour2
Other1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT26: 2014
PGA ChampionshipT21: 2012
U.S. OpenT39: 2015
The Open ChampionshipT32: 2019

Early lifeEdit

Luiten was born in Bleiswijk and started playing golf at 6 years old at Golf Centrum Rotterdam.[2] As an amateur, he won the 2005 Spanish Amateur Open Championship and German Amateur Open Championship;[3] he represented his country in the winning team of the 2006 Eisenhower Trophy and was selected in the same year for the Palmer Cup.

Professional careerEdit

After a failed bid for a tour card at Qualifying School he started his professional career on the EPD Tour where he claimed second place twice in just four starts. Because he was not in possession of a tour card Luiten was solely dependent on invites to play on the Challenge Tour.

He received one for the Tusker Kenya Open where he birdied the 72nd hole for a share of tenth place. This was enough to earn himself a start in the next tournament where he finished third. On his way to show how to make perfect use of a single invite Luiten went on to win in France, his third start of the season. In his first six events of 2007, he won two of them. On his way to winning the Vodafone Challenge he shot a 61 (-11) in the final round, the lowest final round total by a tournament winner.

After finishing sixth in the 2007 Challenge Tour rankings he received a European Tour card for 2008 and claimed two top 10 spots before injury curtailed his season.

Luiten was a member of the 2006 Dutch team that won the Eisenhower Trophy after he played his last five holes in six under par.

Luiten finished second at the KLM Open, a European Tour event, in 2007 and has been the highest ranked Dutch golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings. In January 2008 he reached the top 100 in the rankings.

Luiten's 2009 season was hampered by a wrist injury that kept him out more than a year and he played the start of 2010 on a minor medical exemption. He regained his European Tour card for the rest of 2010 and finished the season 28th on the Order of Merit.

In November 2011, Luiten won his first tournament on the European Tour with a victory in the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia, which also gave him his highest world ranking position to that point, at 66. He finished in the top 30 of the Order of Merit for the second consecutive year, ranked 24th.

Luiten won for the second time on the European Tour in June 2013 at the Lyoness Open in Austria. He took a three stroke advantage into the final round and shot a one-under-par 71 to finish two ahead of Thomas Bjørn. He became only the second player from the Netherlands to record multiple European Tour victories, after Robert-Jan Derksen.

In 2014, Luiten won the Wales Open and finished third at the Volvo Golf Champions, sixth at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, fourth at the Open de España, third at the Lyoness Open and third at the Volvo World Match Play Championship. By 24 November, he reached 28th in the Official World Golf Ranking, a high point so far. He also played in the United States, finishing 13th at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and 26th at the Masters Tournament and PGA Championship.

In the first half of 2016 Luiten collected eight top-10 finishes in 15 events, with second places in consecutive weeks at the Open de España and Shenzhen International. In August he represented Netherlands at the 2016 Summer Olympics, finishing tied for the 27th place. The following month, he went on to win for the second time the KLM Open, matching the course record with an 8-under par 63 on the final round.[4]

Amateur wins (4)Edit

  • 2004 Dutch Boys Championship, Dutch Youths Championship
  • 2005 Spanish Amateur Open Championship, German Amateur Open Championship

Professional wins (9)Edit

European Tour wins (6)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 20 Nov 2011 Iskandar Johor Open1 −15 (63-70-65=198) 1 stroke   Daniel Chopra
2 9 Jun 2013 Lyoness Open −17 (65-68-67-71=271) 2 strokes   Thomas Bjørn
3 15 Sep 2013 KLM Open −12 (69-65-66-68=268) Playoff   Miguel Ángel Jiménez
4 21 Sep 2014 ISPS Handa Wales Open −14 (65-69-65-71=270) 1 stroke   Tommy Fleetwood,   Shane Lowry
5 11 Sep 2016 KLM Open (2) −19 (69-64-69-63=265) 3 strokes   Bernd Wiesberger
6 18 Feb 2018 NBO Oman Open −16 (72-66-66-68=272) 2 strokes   Chris Wood

1 Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2013 KLM Open   Miguel Ángel Jiménez Won with par on first extra hole

Asian Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 20 Nov 2011 Iskandar Johor Open1 −15 (63-70-65=198) 1 stroke   Daniel Chopra

1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

Challenge Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 13 May 2007 A.G.F. Allianz Golf Open de Toulouse −17 (70-71-66-64=271) 1 stroke   Nicolas Vanhootegem
2 10 Jun 2007 Vodafone Challenge −18 (70-68-71-61=270) 2 strokes   Magnus A. Carlsson

Alps Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 18 Jul 2009 Circolo Rapallo Golf Open −8 (71-65-66=202) Playoff   Thomas Fournier,   Andrea Perrino

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament T26 CUT
U.S. Open CUT T39
The Open Championship T63 T45 CUT CUT CUT T44
PGA Championship T21 CUT 26 CUT T33 CUT
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship T64
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T32
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 4
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 4
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 1 18 10
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2011 Open Championship – 2012 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Mexico Championship T13 T46 T25 T37 T10
Match Play R64 T17 T39
FedEx St. Jude Invitational T63 T56 T45
HSBC Champions T36 T28 T16 T34
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied

Team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Professional

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 47 2014 Ending 23 Nov 2014" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Joost Luiten biography". Joost Luiten website. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Joost Luiten KLM blog". Blog - Meanwhile at KLM. KLM. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Sports Digest: Luiten ties course record to win KLM Open". Portland Press Herald. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.

External linksEdit