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Luiten secures Lyoness Open victory

ESPN staff
June 9, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Joost Luiten became the first ever Dutch winner of the Lyoness Open © Getty Images
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Joost Luiten bagged his second European Tour title with victory in the Lyoness Open, despite play being suspended in the final round at the Diamond Country Club due to thunderstorms.

The Dutchman recovered from a nervous start to Sunday proceedings, carding a one-under par 71 to finish 17-under overall, two shots ahead of nearest challenger Thomas Bjorn who settled with a four-under 68 to take second place by a stroke.

Romain Wattel began his charge with four birdies in the opening six holes to trail by a shot, but the challenge faded as the Frenchman found bunker trouble at the ninth, eventually finishing tied for third with Wen chong-Liang at 14-under.

England's Paul Waring finished tied for fifth with Luiten's playing partner Jorge Campillo, both four shots off the lead at 13-under.

Luiten started shakily, missing a four foot putt on the first hole to open with a bogey, while partner Campillo shot birdie to move within one. However, the 2011 Iskandar Johor Open winner recovered immediately to gain a shot back at the second.

A further birdie on the par-5 seventh plus six pars on the front nine gave Luiten a solid standing but bogey at 11 kept the chasing field in touch, before play was halted because of the weather with the final group on the fourteenth tee.

It did not stop Luiten, however, as a birdie at 16 extended his lead at the top before he saw out the last two holes to become the first ever Dutch winner of the tournament and claim the fifth victory of his professional career.

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