Joost Luiten Takes Title at NBO Oman Open

Joost Luiten took his sixth career title, rallying past Chris  Wood Sunday on the last day of the NBO Oman Open.

Luiten fired a final-round 68 to finish 16-under, two strokes ahead of Wood.

France’s Julien Guerrier was third at 13-under.

Luiten won for the first time since 2016 and moved into the top 10 of the early-season Race to Dubai rankings.

“This is why you play golf, to hold trophies,” he said. “It’s been a great week. It’s always tough to win out here, all these guys are so good and they keep putting pressure on you. Down the stretch I hit some nice shots, I made some nice putts and it was a nice battle with my friend Woody. I need to win another couple to get into the Ryder Cup Team but it’s a great start to the year for me.”

Luiten lit up the scorecard with three straight birdies to start his round, but gave two shots back on consecutive bogeys on No. 7  and 8. He bounced back with a flawless 3-under back nine.

Wood shot his second straight 69 on Sunday. He was 4-under through 16 before a costly bogey on No. 17, his second straight day to bogey that hole.

Nowhere to be seen on the top of the leaderboard was England’s Matthew Southtgate who had shared the lead through the first 54 holes. After an early birdie on No. 2, Southgate bogeyed four of the next five holes. He eagled No. 12 – his second time doing so on the weekend but bogeys on 14 and 17 sealed his fate.

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