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Joost Luiten defends the KLM Open on the European Tour

Home favourite Joost Luiten is targeting history on two fronts when he defends the KLM Open this week.

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Luiten ended a 10-year wait for a Dutch winner at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club 12 months ago when he defeated veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez in a play-off following a compelling final round.

The 28-year-old, who only narrowly missed out on a spot in Europe's Ryder Cup team, can now achieve two milestones if he adds to his three European Tour titles.

No Dutchman has been able to win the tournament on more than one occasion since the event became part of the European Tour's international schedule in 1972.

Furthermore Luiten would become the first Dutchman to successfully defend a European Tour title.

"Winning in my own country was very special, and for it to happen early on in my career was a dream come true," Luiten told the European Tour's official website.

"So it will be a proud moment for me to return as defending champion, and I can't wait to play in front of the home crowds again - their support last year was unbelievable.

"This tournament is definitely the fifth major for me. Having another Dutch winner was great for golf in Holland, and showed that the game here is moving in the right direction."

Maarten Lafeber, the last Dutch winner before Luiten in 2003, takes the field after spending the majority of the season on the Challenger Tour, while compatriot Robert-Jan Derksen is contesting his 20th and final KLM Open as the 2014 campaign will be his last.

Englishman Simon Dyson is also among the competitors and he has enjoyed plenty of success at the KLM Open in the past.

The 36-year-old counts three of his six Tour wins at the event and he would become the first man to claim the tournament on four occasions since the competition joined the European Tour.

The likes of Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey, Thomas Bjorn and Robert Karlsson are also set to take part.

Competitors have particular incentive to perform well at the par-three 15th this week, with a unique prize on offer for the first player to shoot a hole in one.

XCOR Space Expeditions are promising a trip into space to the first man to card an ace at the hole and a replica of the aircraft will be on display during all four rounds.

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