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Home Bound

On my way Back home after a positive four weeks. Obviously a bit disappointed of not having had any "hot Sundays"... because that's what you need to win or pull out a top-3. On the other hand, lots of positives and learning experiences to take out of this! The new-caddy decision has been successful and I haven't been outside the top 25 in the first four biggest events of the year (including Hong Kong).

Home for a week now where I'll be taking a few days off of golf, catch up with friends and family and take care of some administrative things. Also, I'll spend some time later during the week with Mich to work on driving and with Jerome as well to make sure that putting stroke stays solid! 

Next events are Oman in ten days already followed by The Qatar Masters. Two courses I've already played and know pretty well! Should be fun!


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Let's Stay Hydrated

Arrived Monday morning in Malaysia and it's hot over here! On top of that, humidity is up to 90% as well... I think I'll be drinking a few gallons of water this week on the course. 

On the other hand, it's been a positive two weeks in the Middle East. The game is good and scoring is there as well. I really feel comfortable out there and I know that I'm capable of making something happen! Moreover, The Saujana Country Club is a pretty hilly golf course with lots of slopes and intimidating tee shots. This golf course is definitely getable and they are some low scores out there... Driving the ball well will be key!

Let's go low tomorrow! Teeing off at 8am with Robert Karlsson.


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Foggy Dubai

Long day today! After a solid -4 yesterday, the play was suspended this morning due to heavy fog. As a matter of fact, my 12.10 tee time got delayed to 3pm which made it hard for us to finish the rounds today. 

Early wake up call tomorrow and in position at 7.30am to get after those last six holes of round 2.

More updates coming tomorrow after the round! 

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Dubai!

And a 'top 10' to finish off last week in Abu Dhabi! Already 'top 10' number 2 since the start of the 2017-2018 season! Let's keep it going. Moreover, the switch to the new caddy has been working really well, there is some great communication and vibe going on between us! Also, it was an absolute blast to play that final round with Tommy as well. What an inspiration to watch him play, a real man on a mission and he definitely deserved the win! Congrats Tommy!

Moving on, Omega Dubai Desert Classic week on the Majilis Course this week! A course that I love and that I've played quite a few times now. As a matter of fact, I took the day off yesterday and had a great team workout with Vinny, Jerome, TP and Mich! Always great for the body recovery after a demanding week like last week. To get back into it, we only played 9 holes this morning and followed it up by a good wedge and putting session with Jerome who landed in Dubai Sunday night! 

7.30am Pro-Am tomorrow and off at 7.50am Thursday! Game feels great and the mindset is there! 

Let's go have fun! 


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Halfway Mark

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.

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Back at it

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!


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Christmas Break

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!

Last 18 Holes of 2017

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!

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Aussie PGA Update

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!

Kicking Off the 2018 Season the Right Way

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.

About Thomas

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.

Golf Coaches

Michel Vanmeerbeek, Jérôme Theunis, Mike Small

Management

Excel Sports Management, Vincent Borremans

Caddy: Mark Mazo

  • 2016
    • Cut at the US Amateur (T12) and won first match
    • T3 Northern Intercollegiate
    • 2nd OFCC Fighting Illini Invite
    • 31st 30th Annual Louisiana Classics
    • T5 Valspar Collegiate
    • T4 3M Augusta Invitational
    • 1st 30th Big Ten Championship
    • T3 NCAA Kohler Regional
    • T10 NCAA DI Championship – Stroke Play
    • NCAA DI Championship – Match Play: 2-0 record
  • 2015
    • 1st 30th Annual Louisiana Classics
    • 3rd Valspar Collegiate
    • T4 3M Augusta Invitational
    • 1st Boilermaker Invitational
    • 3rd Big Ten Championship
    • T3 NCAA DI Championship – Stroke Play
    • 1st National Stroke Play Championship
    • T6 International European Amateur Championship
    • Cut at the US Amateur and won first match
    • T2 at OFCC Fighting Illini Invitational
    • Palmer Cup selection
  • 2014
    • T2 Annual Louisiana Classics
    • T2 3M Augusta Invitational
    • 3rd Belgian International Amateur & National Stroke Play Championship
    • T4 Wolf Run Intercollegiate
    • 1st Sagamore Fall Preview
    • Palmer Cup selection
    • World Amateur Team Championship selection (Eisenhower Trophy)
  • 2013
    • 1st Belgian International Amateur
    • T5 OFCC Fighting Illini Invite
    • 1st Wolf Run Intercollegiate (First Collegiate win)
    • T4 International European Amateur
    • T4 Alps of Andalucia
    • 1st European Challenge Trophy Individual
    • T2 NCAA Fayetteville Regional
    • NCAA National runner-up with the Illinois Team
  • Bachelor in Science of Management and Entrepreneurship, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – 2012-2016
  • VVG Topsportschool, Belgium – 2010-2012
  • Sint-Jans Bergmans College, Brussels – 2005-2010

Schedule

Year 2018

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DateEnd dateEventResult/noteVenue
23-11-1726-11-2017UBS Hong Kong OpenRounds: 67 69 66 71   ⦿  To Par: -7  ⦿  Pos.: 10THong Kong GC – Fanling – Hong Kong
30-11-173-12-2017Australian PGA Ch'ipRounds: 71 68 73 74   ⦿  To Par: -2  ⦿  Pos.: 45TRACV Royal Pines Resort – Gold Coast, Queensland – Australia
11-01-1814-01-2018BMW SA Open Ch'ip hosted by City of EkurhuleniRounds: 75 70   ⦿  To Par: +1  ⦿  Pos.: 76T - Missed CutGlendower GC – Gauteng – South Africa
18-01-1821-01-2018Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Ch'ipRounds: 70 68 64 72   ⦿  To Par: -14  ⦿  Pos.: 9TAbu Dhabi G.C. – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
25-01-1828-01-2018Omega Dubai Desert ClassicRounds: 68 66 69 71   ⦿  To Par: -14  ⦿  Pos.: 22TEmirates G.C. – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
1-02-184-02-2018Maybank Ch'ip MalaysiaRounds: 68 68 69 71   ⦿  To Par: -12  ⦿  Pos.: 23TSaujana G&CC – Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia
15-02-1818-02-2018NBO Oman Golf ClassicRounds: 72 69 74 70   ⦿  To Par: -3  ⦿  Pos.: 31TAl Mouj Golf – Muscat – Oman
22-02-1825-02-2018Commercialbank Qatar MastersDoha G.C. – Doha – Qatar
12-04-1815-04-2018Open de EspañaCentro Nacional de Golf – Madris – Spain
19-04-1822-04-2018Trophée Hassan IIRoyal Golf Dar Es Salam – Rabat – Morocco
26-04-1829-04-2018Volvo China OpenTBA – TBA – China

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