Luiten thrills home crowd with play-off victory over Jimenez
Dutch golfer takes KLM Open at first extra hole
Joost Luiten of the Netherlands claimed victory at the KLM Open after beating Miguel Angel Jimenez in a play-off at Kennemer GC in Zandvoort, Netherlands. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
A par on the 18th was enough to give Luiten his third European Tour title and second of the season after Jimenez three-putted from long range.
Jimenez, already the oldest winner in European Tour history, began the day a shot behind playing partner Luiten but quickly moved into the lead courtesy of a hat-trick of birdies from the second.
The 49-year-old, who broke his leg in a skiing accident shortly after his win in the Hong Kong Open aged 48 and 318 days last November, missed from two feet for a birdie on the 12th but soon enjoyed a two-shot cushion when he birdied the next and Luiten bogeyed.
However, Luiten birdied the 14th after a superb approach to five feet and got back on level terms on the next when Jimenez failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker.
Both players bogeyed the 17th and parred the last to finish tied on 12 under par, Jimenez carding a 67 and Luiten a 68.
McGrane closed with a one-under 69, with bogeys on the 15th and 17th costing him a chance at finishing in third place on his own.