Joost Luiten wants to forget Ryder Cup omission by defending KLM Open

Luiten happy with home pressure
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Joost Luiten wants to make up for missing out on the Ryder Cup by defending his home title on the European Tour.

Dutch golfer Joost Luiten has set his sights on defending his home tournament, the KLM Open, after missing out on a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team.

The 28-year-old impressed European captain Paul McGinley earlier on in the season, but dipped in the last few months to finish 10th on the European points list.

McGinley chose Ian Poulter, Stephen Gallacher and Lee Westwood as his wildcards, overlooking Luiten, who will now try to win at the Kennemer Golf & Country Club in Zandvoort again.

"It's very special to be here in Holland and defending your own tournament," said Luiten, who beat Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez in a playoff last year.

"I came back here after last year to do a little bit for TV which was very emotional so it was good to get that out of the way for this week and hopefully I can show the people again what I did last year.

"I think it's going to be very difficult for me because the expectations of all the people are so high. It's difficult but that's what you have to deal with."

Thomas Bjorn is the only member of Europe's Ryder Cup side who is competing in the Dutch tournament.

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