Luiten makes case for defence

Joost LuitenJoost Luiten is hoping to replicate his form of 12 months ago as he attempts to defend his KLM Open title later this week (Luiten 9/1 fav Outright Winner).

The Dutchman is looking to claim the tournament for the second time in his career and, in doing so, become the only home-grown player to win the event on more than one occasion.

He finished level on 12-under par with Miguel Angel Jimenez after 72 holes at Kennemer Golf & Country Club in 2013 before going on to secure the title at the first extra hole.

The Bleiswijk-born ace has failed to return to the winner’s circle since but has enjoyed five top-10 finishes this season, including a share of fourth place in his last outing at the Italian Open.

The 28-year-old is favourite to claim his fourth European Tour title on Sunday and admits it would be great to land the spoils once again back in his home land.

“This is a special week for me as defending champion so I’m trying to enjoy it and hopefully it will be another exciting tournament,” he said. “I’d love to be up there again and maybe even battling it out with Miguel again.”

Luiten will be up against some top players, however, with Ryder Cup star Thomas Bjorn (25/1) set for a run-out, while English duo Paul Casey (25/1) and Tommy Fleetwood (25/1) are also in the field.

Three-time winner Simon Dyson (30/1) will be out to make it four, while Jimenez (40/1) will once again take his aging bones around the course.

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