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Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Joost Luiten  (Getty Images)
Joost Luiten (Getty Images)

Joost Luiten is determined to play his way onto Europe's Ryder Cup Team and he knows a win at this week's Trophée Hassan II would give his hopes a massive boost.

The Dutchman had his only season so far with multiple wins on the European Tour in 2013 and came close to qualifying for the biennial spectacular in 2014 but his third victory in 15 months at the ISPS Handa Wales Open came after qualifying had finished and the wild cards had been selected.

He won his sixth European Tour title in February at the NBO Oman Open and afterwards stated that he would have to win again if he is to tee it up at Le Golf National in the autumn, and he is gunning for title number seven at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

"I would love to make it two," he said. "I had a little rest, I had a little injury with my wrist so hopefully that's all good and I can look for the second win and this would be a nice week to do it. This is a course that hopefully I can play my game and it should suit me.

"I'm looking for that second win and hopefully the Ryder Cup is right there. But I just take it week-by-week, I want to play as good as I can every week. If I can't win, I want to finish second but if I focus on that, the rest will take care of itself and hopefully I can go up the World Rankings a little bit and get back in the Top 50. That's the goal."

Luiten has two top-15 finishes from his previous visits to Royal Golf Dar Es Salam and believes the layout will suit his game this week.

"I love this track," he said. "It's a very narrow, tree-lined golf course where every aspect of the game gets tested. You've got to be driving the ball really well and you've got to be in position for going into the greens all the time and it's just a very demanding golf course and I love coming here.

"If you hit the fairways you can be pretty aggressive to the flags."

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