Great first two days for Belgium in the Middle East! What a performance from TP, heard he put out a clinic yesterday. My turn to get the birdie fest going!
Moreover, it's been some quality golf so far. Great driving and ball striking, and some solid putting. As a matter of fact, I didn't make a massive amount of puts but holed out every tester inside 6 feet. Definitely room for progress if I get this putter hot!
Last but not least, it looks like another perfect day out here. No wind and pure greens. Expecting some low scores today! Let's do this.
Hi guys! After almost 6 weeks of absence, here I am back in the Middle East and ready for another successful year. I decided to play the SA Open last week as a way to knock the rust off of my game. Unfortunately enough, I missed the cut by one but lots of positives out of that week. As a matter of fact, I made 11 birdies in 36 holes but made way to many costly mistakes. Definitely a little rusty!
As most of you may already know, I've decided after the Australian PGA to end things with Mark, my older caddy, and start a new adventure with a new caddy, Ryan McGuigan! I had a fun ride with Mark and I'm thankful for what he did but I'm very excited for what's ahead of us with Ryan!
Moving on, it doesn't get any better than the Middle East during winter time. The weather is absolutely perfect and courses in awesome condition. As a matter of fact, I ended up fifth reserve last year for the Abu Dhabi Championship, so time this year to take revenge and get this thing going.
The Abu Dhabi Golf Club is definitely one of the best tracks we play. The rough is up, greens are fast and the fairways tight with some great bunkering. You definitely can't fake it around here and need some proper ball striking to score! Also great to have Mich around here for the week, we are tuned up!
Let's go low this week and have fun!
Back home for a month break! Next event will be South African Open in Johannesburg in January! Obviously disappointed to have fished this 2017 year with a poor weekend in Australia but still really enjoyed the trip! Gold Coast is a fantastic city with amazing beaches, golf courses and some great weather! Very tough to come back to cold and rainy Belgium where daylight is about 1/3 of the total daylight there is in Australia at this time of the year!
Moreover, the clubs will be stored in the garage for a week before heading to southern France next week with TP, my coaches, Mich and Jerome, and join Vincent and Nico for a intense week of practice! The Callaway reps will be present as well for some testing with the new ball and equipment that's coming out in 2018! Very excited to try that out!
Wish you all a lovely Christmas season and keep your game sharp!
Up and down day today but brought it back to red numbers with 2 holes to go in these windy conditions. However, as you might have seen, a costly double bogey on 17 appeared on the card... A slight misjudgment of the wind and I flew the green by 15 meters!
Anyways, still in position for a top 10 tomorrow! Let's go low early and keep it going for my last round of 2017!
Gold Coast, Australia! Definitely not a bad place to play my last event of 2017! As a matter of fact, it is my second time in Australia, but this time on the East coast and very much loving this part of the county as well! Beaches, surfing, good golf and great food... What else do I need?
A steady first round of 1-under par to start. It was a rough morning today with a few very heavy showers causing suspension of play twice. Not easy to find a rhythm out there... RACV Royal Pines Resort is a nice place and the course is in perfect condition! It is fairly long and has a ton of undulations on and around the greens... Maybe too much but it's definitely making the shots into the green a little bit more trickier when the wind is up!
Moreover, looking forward to a good night of rest after waking up twice before 5am, Wednesday for the pro-am and today for my 6.30am tee off-time.
Let's go low tomorrow and climb up that leaderboard!
Always great to start the season with a red number! Very pleased with my 67, 3-under par today! Game felt right, made some good puts for par-saves and kept the ball in play the whole day!
As a matter of fact, the wind was up this morning and kept blowing throughout the whole afternoon. There are definitely a few tricky holes and pin-positions out there with the swirling and gusty wind!
Off at 7.05am tomorrow morning! Quick dinner and in bed early for another good round of golf in Hong Kong.
It's good to be back, Hong Kong! What a great track and city, love being here! After the Manila Masters, I spent the whole week in Dubai practicing, working out and getting ready for the two coming weeks. On top of that, I played the Majilis course at Emirates Golf Club, one of my favorite, and the new Trump International, impressive place!
Also my coach Mich was there because of Nico who was playing the Race at Jumeirah Golf Estate alongside TP! It was good to hang out with them as well!
Moving on, it's already the start of the 2018 European Tour season! Time to reset the rankings and get after it again! The game feels good, the head is clear and looking forward to finish 2017 off strongly before Christmas break!
PS: I did some cool filming this morning with the European Tour trying to recreate Rory McIlroy's shot on 18 when he won in a play off in 2008 ( https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fDiXgMfZ6eQ )! I managed to hit it to 8 feet but it did take me three tries to do it haha! Impressive how Rory was able to pull out a shot like that at that time in the tournament!
Stay tuned for the actual video!
Average first round followed by a decent second round! Safely through the weekend and ready to make something happen! I've really been struggling off the tee which makes it hard to get something going! The rough is thick and deep here and out of that Bermuda grass, there is absolutely no way to control the ball flight! Only one option, hitting fairways!
We did some light work after the round yesterday on the range! Widening up my back swing with the driver. I was getting long and narrow! With this Heath and humidity, we have to be careful to not over-practice and unnecessarily lose some crucial energy!
9.50am tee time today. Another hot and humid day... Let's stay hydrated and keep my energy levels high!
It's good to be back to competitive golf. After two weeks of break really looking forward to playing this week again. Knowing that it would have been really unlikely to play the Turkey Airlines Open and The Nedbank Championship (4th reserve on both) I decided to take my chances and ask for an invite for the Manila Masters, a top Asian Tour event. Thanks Excel Sports Management, Asian Tour and the tournament for the playing opportunity. This week will also be the perfect way to keep my game sharp for the Hong Kong Open and the Australian PGA in a few weeks, the first two events of the 2017-2018 season.
Moreover, end of the Fall in the Northern Hemisphere means almost Summer down in the Southern Hemisphere. In other words, we are frying on the golf course especially with this level of humidity close to 100%. Safe to say staying hydrated and keeping my energy levels high will be a priority this week!
As far as the course is concerned, it is a great track and Nicklaus design. Lots of risk-reward shots, small greens and great bunkering off the tee and around the greens too with thick bermuda rough! Keeping the ball on the fairway will be key and makes the course very getable. I am looking forward to get this week going tomorrow.
Off at 6.30am tomorrow morning. Let's rise and shine!
PS: I'm sure most of you were bouncing of your couches last Sunday! Well, I was anyways... So much fun watching Nico playing fantastic golf down the final stretch in Turkey. Pretty inspiring stuff!
Born in Brussels on January 13th, 1993, Thomas lives in Brussels (Uccle), Belgium
Member of the Royal Golf Club of Belgium, he has played on a +6 handicap since 2013
Dream: reach the Nr. 1 spot of the O.W.G.R.
Michel Vanmeerbeek, Jérôme Theunis, Mike Small
Excel Sports Management, Vincent Borremans
Caddy: Mark Mazo
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|23-11-17||26-11-2017||UBS Hong Kong Open||Rounds: 67 69 66 71 ⦿ To Par: -7 ⦿ Pos.: 10T||Hong Kong GC – Fanling – Hong Kong|
|30-11-17||3-12-2017||Australian PGA Ch'ip||Rounds: 71 68 73 74 ⦿ To Par: -2 ⦿ Pos.: 45T||RACV Royal Pines Resort – Gold Coast, Queensland – Australia|
|11-01-18||14-01-2018||BMW SA Open Ch'ip hosted by City of Ekurhuleni||Rounds: 75 70 ⦿ To Par: +1 ⦿ Pos.: 76T - Missed Cut||Glendower GC – Gauteng – South Africa|
|18-01-18||21-01-2018||Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Ch'ip||Rounds: 70 68 64 72 ⦿ To Par: -14 ⦿ Pos.: 9T||Abu Dhabi G.C. – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates|
|25-01-18||28-01-2018||Omega Dubai Desert Classic||Emirates G.C. – Dubai – United Arab Emirates|
|1-02-18||4-02-2018||Maybank Ch'ip Malaysia||Saujana G&CC – Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia|
|15-02-18||18-02-2018||NBO Oman Golf Classic||Al Mouj Golf – Muscat – Oman|
|22-02-18||25-02-2018||Commercialbank Qatar Masters||Doha G.C. – Doha – Qatar|
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