Monday 10 December 2018

Luiten targets Ryder Cup after Oman victory

Luiten: “I need to win another couple I think.” Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Luiten: “I need to win another couple I think.” Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Brian Keogh

Joost Luiten claimed his sixth European Tour title at the inaugural NBO Oman Open but reckons he may need two more wins to claim his Ryder Cup debut.

The Dutchman (32) lost out to Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood in the quest for one of Paul McGinley's wildcards in 2014.

But with just eight automatic places up for grabs in Thomas Bjorn's team, he is targeting two more victories to clinch his place for Paris in September.

"I need to win another couple I think," Luiten said after closing with a four-under 68 to win by two strokes from close friend Chris Wood, who shot 69, on 16-under par at Al Mouj Golf.

"But it's a great start to the year, this is what gets you right in there. I just need to play and then we'll see what happens come September."

Darren Clarke, who made back-to-back European Tour cuts for the first time since 2016, closed with rounds of 78 and 75 to finish tied 61st on four-over par.

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