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Luiten seals fairytale KLM Open win

ESPN staff
September 15, 2013
Joost Luiten triumphed on home soil at the KLM Open © AP

The Netherlands' Joost Luiten held off Miguel Angel Jimenez in a play-off to become the first Dutchman to win the KLM Open for a decade.

Both men finished 12 under after their final round with scores of 68 and 67 respectively but Luiten sank a three-footer to triumph in the first extra hole at Kennemer and follow in the footsteps of Maarten Lafeber, who claimed victory ten years ago.

It was Luiten's second title of the season and third on the European Tour overall.

Luiten said: "He (Jimenez) was tough, he was playing really, really good especially on the front nine and I was struggling a bit. But I just hung in there until the back nine.

"To win it now, I can't believe it yet - it's unbelievable.

"It's pretty big, Maarten (Lafeber) did it in 2003, another Dutch winner will help the game here and hopefully we can create some more winners for this tournament."

Luiten held a one-shot lead over Jimenez overnight but the Spaniard got his final round off to a fine start by carding four birdies in his first six holes to go in front.

Jimenez was two shots ahead after 13 but dropped a stroke at the 15th after Luiten birdied the previous hole to bring the pair level. Both men then bogeyed the 17th and parred the final hole to ensure a play-off would be needed to separate them.

However after a wayward drive, Jimenez saw his five-foot putt lip out allowing Luiten to complete a two-putt par from the middle of the green for victory.

Three-time champion Simon Dyson tied for third after shooting a two-under 68 to end up nine under, alongside Gregory Havret, Ross Fisher, Damien McGrane and Julien Quesne.

Final KLM Open leaderboard

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