Home delight as Luiten wins Dutch Open
Winner of the Dutch KLM Open golf tournament, golfer Joost Luiten of the Netherlands kisses the trophy, in Zandvoort, the Netherlands, on September 15, 2013.
Luiten, 27 also captured a third Tour victory and his second this season after both he and Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez ended regulation play tied on 12-under par in the bright but windy conditions on the Kennemer course.
Luiten then two-putted for par the first extra hole to deny Jimenez a second Dutch Open title victory and 19 years after his first, and seconds after the Spaniard's par putt had lipped out.
It is the first time in the 41-year history of the European Tour a Dutch-born player has won two events in a single season and also only the second Dutch-born golfer to win the Dutch Open in a similar period.
And sponsors KLM celebrated Luiten's success with a fly past of a 1940s DC 3 aircraft.
"Winning your own national Open for any player is like winning a Major and this is how this win feels," said Luiten
"I went close a few years ago in but to win now feels just unbelievable and I think it won't be later tonight when it all sinks in.
"This win will be huge for Dutch golf as it's been 10 years since Maarten Lafeber won so another Dutch winner will help the game in Holland.
"But all credit to Miguel as he's a tough competitor as he was playing really, really good with four birdies in his first six holes.
"Thankfully, I was able to hang in there and I was able to make my move on the back nine."
Luiten earned a first prize cheque for 300,000 euros that has taken him to top of the Ryder Cup points table.
Jimenez was looking to claim a second Dutch Open victory 19 years after his first and with the 49-year old also seeking to extend by 292 days his record as the oldest-ever Tour winner.
Four players -- Frenchman Gregory Havret (66), Ireland's Damien McGrane (69) and the England pair and former winners Ross Fisher (66) and Simon Dyson (68) -- shared third place on nine under par.