Luiten triumphs at inaugural Oman Open - in the bag

Dutchman Joost Luiten pips Chris Wood to the title in Oman. 

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018
Luiten triumphs at inaugural Oman Open - in the bag

Joost Luiten won the inaugural Oman Open as England’s Chris Wood finished in the runner-up position.

The Dutchman and Bristolian were tied going into the back nine, but a bogey on the 17th from Wood proved critical as Luiten trumped him by two strokes.

"It's always tough to win out here, all these guys are so good and they keep putting pressure on you," Luiten said.

"Down the stretch I hit some nice shots, I made some nice putts and it was a nice battle with my friend Woody.

 J Luiten (Ned); -14 C Wood (Eng); -13 J Guerrier (Fra); -11 J Campillo (Spa), S Han (US), A Levy (Fra); -10 R Rock (Eng), F Zanotti

"I need to win another couple to get into the Ryder Cup team but it's a great start to the year for me."

While disappointed, Wood will take heart from a change in form after struggling over recent weeks.

"I'm pretty down but in the grand scheme of things it's night and day to how I've been," said Wood.

"After a couple of days I'm sure I'll reflect and see it's a big step in the right direction this week."

In the bag

Driver: 2017 TaylorMade M2, 8.5˚ (Mitsubishi Diamana S+)

Fairway: 2017 TaylorMade M2 Tour, 13.5˚(Aldila Tour Green 75x)

Hybrid: TaylorMade R15, 17˚ (Aldila Tour Green HB 105x)

Irons: Titleist 718 CB 3-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 54˚, 60˚ (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Concept 2 Tour Rat Prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Shoes: FootJoy HyperFlex II BOA