Joost Luiten of the Netherlands watches his shot from the sixth tee tduring the second round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Friday, May 9, 2014 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Lynne Sladky
June 03, 2014

ATZENBRUGG, Austria (AP) A week before his debut at the U.S. Open, Dutch golfer Joost Luiten has another first to manage - defending a European Tour title at the Lyoness Open.

Luiten won the event last year when he held on to his lead from the second day and finished two strokes ahead of Thomas Bjorn of Denmark.

Luiten says, ''It's pretty special to come back here and defend my title. ... You don't do that every week and I don't really know what to expect. But it means no extra pressure. It's a nice and positive feeling.''

It was Luiten's second win on the European Tour, followed in September by his third at the KLM Open.

Both victories made him ''a better player,'' Luiten says. ''I've learned a lot and I'm more experienced now.''

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