Lyoness Open: Joost Luiten admits weather delay helped him win in Austria
Joost Luiten admitted that, on reflection, the weather-delay in Austria helped him secure his second European Tour win
Last Updated: 09/06/13 9:05pm
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.
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."