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Dutchman Joost Luiten wins KLM Open after play-off against Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez

Updated: Sunday, 15 Sep 2013 19:50 | Comments

Joost Luiten sealed his third European Tour title at the KLM Dutch Open
Joost Luiten sealed his third European Tour title at the KLM Dutch Open


Holland's Joost Luiten delighted the home crowds with victory in the KLM Open at Zandvoort on Sunday, beating Miguel Angel Jimenez on the first play-off hole at Kennemer Golf Club, Holland.

A par on the 18th was enough to give Luiten his third European Tour title and second of the season after Jimenez three-putted from long range.

Ireland's Damien McGrane finished three shots back in a share of third place alongside Englishmen Simon Dyson and Ross Fisher, and France's Gregory Havret.

Shane Lowry could only manage a three-over 73 to finish on two under, with Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley a shot further back after a 71.

The three remaining Irish competitors were over par for the round and the tournament – David Higgins shot a one-over-par 71 (+4), Simon Thornton 72 (+5) and Kevin Phelan 74 (+6).

Jimenez, already the oldest winner in European Tour history, began the day a shot behind playing partner Luiten but quickly moved into the lead courtesy of a hat-trick of birdies from the second.

The 49-year-old, who broke his leg in a skiing accident shortly after his win in the Hong Kong Open aged 48 and 318 days last November, missed from two feet for a birdie on the 12th but soon enjoyed a two-shot cushion when he birdied the next and Luiten bogeyed.

However, Luiten birdied the 14th after a superb approach to five feet and got back on level terms on the next when Jimenez failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker.

Both players bogeyed the 17th and parred the last to finish tied on 12 under par, Jimenez carding a 67 and Luiten a 68.

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