Joost Luiten is still doing well at the Saudi International, his third major tournament of the year.

The Netherlands' best golfer is shared eighth after the first two rounds and can still hope for a top ranking in Saudi Arabia.

Luiten had to finish his second round on Saturday, just like many other players.

He came in at 66 strokes, one less than on the opening day.

With a score of -7, he concedes only three blows to New Zealander Ryan Fox and Scotsman Stephen Gallacher, who lead.

On Friday, 34-year-old Luiten recorded four birdies and came to a bogey on the thirteenth hole.

He added a birdie to the remaining four holes of the second round on Saturday.

Luiten has started the new golf year with ambitions.

The born Rotterdammer has a new caddy and a new coach and hopes to become one of the fifty best players in the world in the long term.

In his first two tournaments of 2021, Luiten was unable to compete in the absolute top.

He finished in the middle bracket at both the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and the Dubai Desert Classic.