With a huge home crowd roaring him on, Luiten produced sparkling seven under par 64 in perfect conditions to charge up the leaderboard and lie just one stroke behind his playing partner Bernd Wiesberger, who carded a second round 66 for a ten under total.
With the sun splitting the skies over The Dutch, which forms part of the European Tour Properties network, Luiten treated his adoring public to seven birdies as he seeks to add a second KLM Open title to his 2013 success.
“It was a special day out there," said Luiten. "We had amazing crowds, beautiful weather and a fantastic golf course so it was hard not to enjoy it. I have a little home advantage here so hopefully I can keep it going. It’s great to feel the crowd behind you and that’s what makes it so much fun to play in Holland. I try to feed off the atmosphere and I enjoy it but tomorrow is a new day so it will be a case of trying to hit the ball the same way that I did today and keep making the putts.”
Luiten is joined in a tie for second place by Italy’s Nino Bertasio and Englishman Mark Foster, with the English duo of Ben Evans and Tommy Fleetwood a further stroke back alongside Spain’s Alejandro Cañizares.
Wiesberger made a shaky start to his second round, dropping two strokes in his opening three holes, but the Austrian bounced back brilliantly with three consecutive birdies before adding another four to ensure a one stroke lead into the weekend.
“I started a bit shaky and had two bogeys in the first three holes,” said Wiesberger. “But then I managed to make a few putts after that and got in position and felt comfortable again. I hit more fairways today and I feel good and the game is in good shape, especially on the greens as I am rolling the ball better on the greens.
“It was a special day playing with Joost in front of these great crowds. It was so good to see so many people out there. I need to take it one shot at a time but I am in exactly the position I want to be going into the weekend. Hopefully I can keep improving and keep holing the putts and we will see what happens over the weekend.”
Scott Hend, who so narrowly missed winning in Switzerland last week, is at 7 under par, in a share of 8th position and three shots from the lead while Marcus Fraser was the only other Australian to make the cut on the cutline.
Leading second round scores
132 B Wiesberger (Aut) 66 66,
133 M Foster (Eng) 67 66, J Luiten (Ned) 69 64, N Bertasio (Ita) 66 67,
134 T Fleetwood (Eng) 67 67, B Evans (Eng) 65 69, A Cañizares (Esp) 67 67,
135 D Gavins (Eng) 70 65, S Hend (Aus) 67 68, D Horsey (Eng) 67 68, S Khan (Eng) 68 67, M Korhonen (Fin) 66 69,
136 G Storm (Eng) 69 67, R Fisher (Eng) 70 66, M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 68 68, R Bland (Eng) 67 69, R McEvoy (Eng) 69 67, J Lagergren (Swe) 66 70, J Robinson (Eng) 68 68,
137 M Southgate (Eng) 72 65, D Im (USA) 70 67, M Manassero (Ita) 67 70, N Elvira (Esp) 69 68, C Hanson (Eng) 66 71, S Lee (Kor) 68 69, F Zanotti (Par) 68 69,
138 J Campillo (Esp) 70 68, A Noren (Swe) 69 69, S Jamieson (Sco) 68 70, M Baldwin (Eng) 67 71, P Hanson (Swe) 66 72, D Brooks (Eng) 72 66, O Fisher (Eng) 67 71, P Dunne (Irl) 74 64, M Tabuena (Phi) 71 67, B An (Kor) 66 72,
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