Joost Luiten came into the professional ranks with an impressive amateur pedigree from a career that began when his uncle Wim took him to a driving range in Rotterdam at the age of nine.
He won the Dutch National Open in 2004, the German and Spanish Amateur Open titles in 2005, and helped the Dutch team to a surprise victory in the 2006 Eisenhower Trophy when he played his final five holes in six under par.
After making it onto the Challenge Tour in 2007, Luiten produced some incredible golf when he won two of his first six tournaments. His victory in the Vodafone Challenge saw him close with a final round of 11-under-par 61.
Luiten graduated to the European Tour in 2008, but he suffered a wrist injury that kept him out of the game for over a year. He returned in 2010 and made his breakthrough a year later when he won the Iskandar Johor Open.
And then in 2013 he won twice in the KLM Open, becoming the first Dutch winner in 10 years, and the Lyoness Open. This also made him only the second Dutch golfer to win multiple titles on the European Tour, following Robert-Jan Derksen.
From his childhood days growing up in the rural Bleiswijk, Luiten has always been highly competitive, often driving his friends crazy with his desire to win at anything from golf to computer games.
He was attracted to some interesting sports at first, such as ski jumping. And it was his love of this that almost cost him his golf career. At the age of 10 he suffered a ski jump accident in which he fractured his elbow and nose and bruised his knee. And it was then that his father Nico decided to put an end to his son's skijumping and put him on the path to become a golfer.
Luiten has made a habit of some spectacular late charges in his rounds. So much so it's become known as the "Luiten Charge" in his home country.
And while he admits that he would go unnoticed on the streets of his hometown and not be swamped as the more popular Dutch footballers are, Luiten definitely raised the profile of Dutch golf with his KLM Open triumph.
"I don't know what it means for Dutch golf but I think it's pretty big. Maarten Lafeber won it in 2003 and that was huge, and to have another Dutch winner now I think it will help the game here and hopefully we can create more Dutch winners for this tournament", he said after his win.
Luiten is now hoping to make more history as the first Dutch winner of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.