Luiten takes 2-stroke lead at Lyoness Open

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 7, 2014 at 10:55 am •  Published: June 7, 2014

ATZENBRUGG, Austria (AP) — Defending champion Joost Luiten aims to become the first Dutch golfer to retain a title on the European Tour after taking a two-stroke lead over home crowd favorite Bernd Wiesberger going into the final day of the Lyoness Open.

Luiten carded seven birdies and dropped one stroke on Saturday to shoot a 6-under 66 and go 11 under for the tournament. Wiesberger, who won the event in 2012, also had a round of 66.

"I am in the position where I want to be," Luiten said. "I need to play well again and focus on my own game."

Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay was four strokes behind Luiten in third, while England's Adam Gee was another stroke back in fourth.

Overnight leader Mikael Lundberg shot a 4-over 76 and dropped six strokes off the lead. The Swede double-bogeyed the par-4 third and had five more bogeys.

Luiten went top of the leaderboard with five birdies on the front nine. He dropped a stroke on the par-3 14th but birdied two more holes on the back nine.

The Dutchman singled out a long putt on the 17th as his best shot of the day. The birdie helped him stay two clear of Wiesberger, who birdied the 18th to the delight of the cheering home crowd.

"I played really, really well on the first 12, 13 holes," Luiten said. "I could have done even better but I had that bogey on the 14th. After that I didn't play great but I kept myself in it. Just one bogey is pretty good on a course like this."