The Best Dutch Golfers Right Now

The Dutch are not particularly famous for standing out in golf. However, arguably the whole country sort of looks like an ideal terrain to play the sport -- if only they would stop growing those tulips ... Just kidding, we love the Dutch culture, with their flowers and their wooden clogs and ... well, golf players of course! We'll take a look at some of the best golfers out there today, according to the bookmakers.

Joost Luiten

By far the best player out there on the Dutch fields these days is Joost Luiten. The 36-year-old, born as Willebrordus Adrianus Maria Luiten, prefers to go by Joost. He was just 6-years-old when he first went to play golf with his uncle in Rotterdam. As a young child, he was more into ski jumping, however. It wasn't until he was a teen when the golf bug bit him again.

As a youngster, he won German and Spanish amateur tournaments, and played big names such as Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy. In 2006, he won the World Cup with the Dutch amateur team. That's when he realized he could make it big. As a pro golfer, he won 6 tournaments: Iskandar Johor Open (2011), Lyoness Open (2013), KLM Open twice, in 2013 and 2016, the ISP Handa Wales Open (2014), and the NBO Oman Open in 2018. Our online casino bets for this year's are going to Luiten.

Will Besseling

The 36-year-old Besseling was into golf as a teenager, and won several national titles at the NGF, the Dutch golf federation. In 2006, he was with Joost Luiten in the national team, when they conquered the amateur World Cup in South-Africa. He was also the best individual amateur golfer in the world that year. He started his professional career on a satellite tour in Germany in 2007. By 2009, he was on the European Tour.

He was out of it for some time after that, but caught the passion again in 2018. He last attended the DP World Final in Dubai in 2020, and is now fully ready after a coach and caddy change for 2022. We're looking forward to see him play this year's Omega European Masters.

Darius van Driel

Darius van Driel is in our list after a great 2019, when he was promoted to the European Tour. Van Driel won the Rolex Trophy on the Challenge Tour in Geneva that same year. He also showed his worth during the European Tour, finishing second at the BKO in Belgium.

The 33-year-old from The Hague started the Challenge Tour Grand Final in Mallorca on the 14th place of the year ranking. This got him into the European Tour, as part of the top 15. Van Driel kept his cool during the all-decisive final stages, resulting in a ninth-place finish in the final tournament. On the yearly leaderboard, that shot him to 13th place. Van Driel turned professional eight years ago, and we can't wait to see how he handles this year.

Lars van Meijel

This 28-year-old from Brabant started 2019 on the Alps Tour. He won a tournament on that circuit. In the Challenge Tour, he swung like never before. He won the Hopps Open de France that season. In the Grand Final of the Challenge Tour on Mallorca, Van Meijel's 19th place just missed the 15 available European Tour tickets. A few days after, he had to recharge for another chance in the final of the Qualifying School. It was a physical and mental battle of attrition over 108 holes. Except this time, Van Meijel succeeded.

The way in which he did was as nerve-racking as it was impressive. With three bogeys on holes 15, 16, and 17, he seemed to throw away his chances, but with a birdie under the biggest possible pressure on the 18th hole, Van Meijel still managed to realize his dream of playing with the best European golfers. We're curious how him and the Dutch golfers will do during this year's European Tour.

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