Lyoness Open: Joost Luiten admits weather delay helped him win in Austria
Last Updated: 09/06/13 9:05pm
Joost Luiten gives his reaction after winning the Lyoness Open in Austria to claim his second European Tour title.
Joost Luiten admitted that, on reflection, the weather-delay that took the golfers off the course during the final round of the Lyoness Open in Austria was probably 'a blessing in disguise'.
The Dutchman carded a closing 71 at Diamond Country Club on Sunday to win by two shots from Thomas Bjorn and claim the second European Tour title of his career.
The 27-year-old had teed-off with a three-stroke lead which was immediately reduced to one after Luiten had three-putted the opening hole for a bogey, while playing partner Jorge Campillo made birdie.
However, he steadied his ship with a birdie at the second and reached the 14th hole two shots clear of the field.
But, shortly after hitting his tee-shot, play was suspended due to the threat of lightning and the players were forced off the course for around an hour.
"At that time I wanted to play on but it was good to have a break because I wasn't playing really well."
On his return, Luiten covered the final five holes in one-under, thanks to four pars and a birdie on 16.
He said: "At that time I wanted to play on but it was good to have a break 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.
"But it's been a great week so I am really, really happy.
"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.
"Unfortunately, I made a few mistakes on the greens and didn't make a lot of putts but, in the end, I was three clear after my birdie on 16 and that gave me a little bit of air. It's always nice to finish par, par and hold the trophy."