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Lyoness Open title for Joost Luiten in Austria

Updated: Sunday, 09 Jun 2013 17:18 | Comments

Joost Luiten in action during the final round en route to securing the Lyoness Open title
Joost Luiten in action during the final round en route to securing the Lyoness Open title

Holland's Joost Luiten shrugged off a shaky start and a one-hour weather delay to claim his second European Tour title in the Lyoness Open in Austria.

Luiten carded a closing 71 at Diamond Country Club to finish 17 under par and win by two shots from Denmark's Thomas Bjorn, who birdied the 18th to claim outright second ahead of China's Liang Wen-chong and France's Romain Wattel.

Damien McGrane was the best of the Irish finishing in a tie for 14th place on eight under, nine shots behind the tournament winner.

Gareth Maybin finished in a tie for 36th on four under, while David Higgins was three shots further back.

Luiten began the day with a three-shot lead but saw that instantly reduced to one when he three-putted the opening hole and playing partner Jorge Campillo made birdie.

A birdie on the second quickly repaired the damage, but Luiten's lead was back to one again when Wattel carded his fourth birdie of the day at the sixth.

Luiten, whose previous victory came in the Iskandar Johor Open in 2011, responded with a two-putt birdie on the par-five seventh, and when Wattel failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker on the ninth, the gap was back to three shots once more.

The 27-year-old looked like having more breathing space when Wattel three-putted the 12th, only to make exactly the same mistake on the 11th, and with Liang making a birdie on the 15th and Bjorn picking up shots on the 10th and 12th, they were now just two shots back.

Play was suspended due to the threat of lightning in the area with Luiten on the 14th tee, but he showed no ill effects when it resumed an hour later and struck the decisive blow on the 16th, where his approach almost span back into the hole and set up an easy birdie.

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