Luiten ready to be tested fully

13 September 2017 08:16:48 EST

Defending champion Joost Luiten is expecting a tough time when he goes in search of a third title at his home KLM Open in the Netherlands.

Luiten won the tournament by three shots 12 months ago, finishing on 19-under par after a final-round battle with Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.

If the wind keeps blowing and we get the rain which is forecast, then I think six or seven under will have a great chance to win.

Joost Luiten

He also claimed the title in 2013, needing a play-off to deny Miguel Angel Jimenez after both men finished on 12-under par after 72 holes.

However, 31-year-old Luiten is preparing himself for much harder scoring conditions this week, with the weather expected to play a major part in proceedings.

He told the official European Tour website: "I think it's going to be a lot tougher this year from a scoring perspective.

"I made it to 19-under last year, but conditions were perfect and we are not going to have it so easy this year.

"If the wind keeps blowing and we get the rain which is forecast, then I think six or seven under will have a great chance to win."

Luiten has been paired with Wiesberger and Chris Wood for the opening two rounds of action and is 7/5 to win their first-round threeball.

He is priced at 200/1 to win the tournament and 6/1 to be top continental European, with Luiten feeling his game is coming together after some recent problems.

He added: "I played better in Switzerland last week and I am starting to see improvement in my game.

"I am hitting the ball the way I want to now and hopefully I can keep going on that path this week."

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