European Tour

Luiten wins Lyoness Open

Joost Luiten (Getty Images)
Joost Luiten (Getty Images)

Vienna - Dutchman Joost Luiten kept his cool to overcome strong challenges from Thomas Bjorn and Liang Wen-Chong and a lengthy weather delay to lift the Lyoness Open on Sunday for his second European Tour success.

Luiten carded a final round 71 for a 17-under par total of 271, with Denmark's Bjorn two shots back in in second and Liang tied for third with France's Romain Wattel a further shot adrift.

Bjorn claimed the runner-up spot outright with a birdie at the 18th.

China's Liang, eight shots off the pace at the start of the day, lit up the fourth round with a six under par 66, featuring seven birdies with the only blemish a bogey at the par three 9th.

Luiten dropped a shot at the opening hole but immediately made amends with a birdie at the second, finishing with a birdie and two solid pars.

"It's been a great week so I am really, really happy," the 27-year-old said.

"It was a long day, I started off with a bogey but I hit the ball nicely so I just wanted to focus on that, hit the greens, two-putt and make the others chase me."

Luiten was on the 14th tee when the threat of lightning forced a one hour break in play.

He reflected: "At that time I wanted to play on but it was good to have a break for me because I wasn't playing really well.

"So I just had some food and tried to focus again and went out there and tried to make pars and sneak in a birdie and that's what I did."

This was his third top ten finish of the season and the win followed up his debut victory in the Iskandar Johor Open in 2011.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, who required victory in Atzenbrugg to secure his ticket to next week's US Open, had to settle for a tie of 19th place after a closing 75.

Leading fourth round scores at the Lyoness Open (GBR and IRL unless stated, par 72):

271 -
Joost Luiten (NED) 65 68 67 71
273 - Thomas Bjorn (DEN) 71 70 64 68
274 - Romain Wattel (FRA) 68 68 69 69, Liang Wen-Chong (CHN) 67 72 69 66
275 - Paul Waring 67 67 72 69, Jorge Campillo (ESP) 70 67 66 72
276 - Eduardo De La Riva (ESP) 69 65 69 73
277 - Gregory Bourdy (FRA) 70 68 70 69
278 - Lee Slattery 71 68 70 69
279 - Shiv Kapur (Ind) 68 72 71 68, Lorenzo Gagli (ITA) 72 67 68 72, Alexander Levy (FRA) 66 75 68 70, Graeme Storm 66 74 71 68
280 - Craig Lee 70 73 68 69, Hennie Otto (RSA) 71 65 71 73, Damien McGrane 69 72 70 69, Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 68 71 72 69, Matthias Schwab (AUT) 67 74 70 69

Selected others:

281 - Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 67 70 69 75
282 - Tjaart Van Der Walt (RSA) 72 66 70 74
286 - Gaganjeet Bhullar (IND) 72 67 72 75
288 - James Kingston (RSA) 72 69 72 75
291 - Trevor Fisher Jnr (RSA) 72 70 73 76

292 - Daniel Gaunt (AUS) 70 74 71 77


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