Very pleased with my second round of -1, 71. The course wasn't playing easy yesterday afternoon with strong winds, firmer fairways and faster greens. Furthermore, you could definitely see how the greens were firming up as the day went on caused by the wind and high temperatures.
The key on this course is to stay patient and keep that focus off the tee. You can very easily fall asleep on a few simple tee shots out here and end up in the rough with terrible lies and no shot to the green. So for the weekend let's keep that great mindset, hit fairways, and stay patient!
Can't wait for these next two rounds!
PS: Fun to see Coach Small shooting another good first round of -2 at the Champions Tour event in Minneapolis after finishing 3rd at the PGA Club Pro Championship earlier this week. He wins his 10th ticket for the US PGA Championship this year at Quail Hollow in August! What a stud!
Also, great performance from my former teammates Charlie Danielson and Dylan Meyer at the "web.com" event in Springfield, IL! Chucky shot -6 on his back nine to easily make the cut! Good luck on the weekend guys!
And what a way to start the week! A fantastic 65, -7 with some great ballstriking from tee to green and a few good puts. All good rounds start with a bogey! Let's keep this going for these next three days!
Moreover, we might have a few chances of storms and the wind will be up today. The course might be a little trickier especially if these greens firm up!
Stay tuned for more!
Munich this week after a good week at home of rest and practice! Strangely enough, this will be my first golf tournament ever in Germany. I've never had the opportunity to play an amateur or pro event in Germany so let's make something happen here.
Moving on, some very warm and humid weather expected for these next few days with temperatures in the 30s everyday and chances of storms. The course has quite a nice lay out, fairly flat with thick over-seeded rough and narrow greens. In other words, hitting fairways will be key! My coach, Mich, is here this week as well for me and Nico. Always great to have him around on and off the course!
Off early tomorrow at 8.30am! Let's get off a good start with the right mindset to get some momentum going for the next few weeks ahead!
PS: BMW is letting us test-drive a few of their M-series cars! I had the chance to try the "X6 M" today which has a power of 567 hp. Unbelievable comfort and speed that these cars generate!
Last but not least, good luck to my college coach Mike Small who is playing today the final round of the PGA Club Pro Championship in Oregon. He's only 3 shots back from the lead. The winner of this event is receiving a few PGA Tour invites for next season and I believe the top 15 is exempt into the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in August!
Interesting event in Austria last week. The course was great and I must say that it was the firmest and fastest course I've ever played on. Balls just never stopped rolling on the fairways and shots to the greens were all challenging. It came down to the point where the difference between hitting a shot out of the fairway or out of the rough didn't really matter anymore since the ground was rock hard... The ball was bouncing and rolling no matter how much spin there was on it.
MC (miss cut) for me with some quality play from tee to green but struggling to get anything going on on those greens. It was a solid ball striking week especially Friday afternoon when the wind picked up and firmed up the course. In this respect, I'm feeling very good about my game right now and I know it will all come back together very soon. It's a very fine line between shooting scores around par and shooting low ones! The game is there and I'm about to break that line!
I flew back Saturday morning from Austria and decided to leave clubs alone for 4 days and spend some time with friends and family. Looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow with my coaches and get ready for the weeks ahead. Focus is now on Germany next week and French Open in two weeks!
Another early start tomorrow morning here in Barseback close to Malmö. The course is fantastic with a great mix of linksy holes along the water and a few holes in between the pines and trees. Also, quite a different weather forecast than the last two weeks here in Sweden with cold temperatures, high winds and rain. In this respect, the region has had a lot of rain those last few days making the course long, the fairways very wet, and the rough long and heavy. Hitting fairways will be key especially with how small and narrow the greens are.
Furthermore, Jérôme is here with me and Nico for the week. We did some great work on putting routine, visualization, and bunker shots. I'm all prepared and ready to roll this week.
Last but not least, I've got more fans coming over this week. Mom and Dad are flying in tomorrow with my uncle. Looking forward to having them around me for the week.
Off very early tomorrow at 6.58am on the old course at Walton Heath for the 36 hole qualifier with 12 spots available! Let's have fun and go low tomorrow. I've played the old course today and the new course last Friday! It's in a fantastic shape playing very firm and fast!
It's been a long week in London after watching everyone play well at Wentworth. The course looked very challenging and what a fantastic performance by Nico. Who would have thought? A great finish Saturday with birdie on 17 and eagle on 18 and an awesome -7 today to finish t3. Well done Nico! So motivating to see him and T Pieters do well! Let's get after it these next few weeks!
Rough week-end in Sicily with ridiculously strong winds. The iron game just wasn't there and struggling on the greens with winds up to 40 km/h.
Travelled to London last Sunday night in the hope of getting into this week's event here at Wentworth. Unfortunately it didn't happen. Ended up 5th reserve. However I still had the chance to play a practice round on Monday with T. Pieters. The course was looking fantastic with the brand new greens, thick rough and a spectacular design. Moreover, I'm staying in London for the week practicing and playing some great golf courses in the area such as Queenwood and Walton Heath. I must say that Queenwood is just a little piece of paradise hidden in Surrey just a few miles away from Wentworth. Only a 400 members and professional golfers such as Thorbjorn Olesen, Justin Rose, Adam Scott or Thomas Pieters. Loved that place!
Also, next Monday is the US open qualifier at Walton Heath. A 36 hole event with 12 spots available for the US Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. I will be travelling to Sweden on Tuesday morning.
Last but not least, my mom flew over to London today for the weekend. Very much looking forward to spend some time with her in Surrey. Nothing like the English countryside when the weather is great!
Let's go Pieters and best of luck to my former Illini teammates as they play the first round of the NCAA National Championship in Chicago today.
Great to be back out here after a week at home. I stayed two extra days in London following GolfSixes and had the opportunity to play the newly designed West Course at Wentworth. What a fantastic layout with brand new rock-hard greens, thick rough and great bunkering. Just a great test of golf for the BMW PGA Championship next week. I also spent some good time with my coaches Jerome and Mich for a little swing check and working on wedging and putting. By the way, Seamus Sweeney from Callaway made me a fantastic new putter very similar to my old one. It's the Toulon Design Indianapolis! It has a great MOI (Moment Of Inertia) and great feel. Looking forward to using it this week! Last but not least, fun to see Thomas P. in the homeland last Thursday. The squad was back together again and we had a great little game with him and our friends Raf and Cedric!
Moving on, great vibes for this week's Rocco Forte Open in Sicily. A splendid venue out here with 36 holes, fantastic facilities and some fine Italian food. The course we are playing is a mix of the two courses, fairly wide open and long with big undulated greens and very low rough. Big hitters will do well this week!
Weather forecast is good as well with quiet winds and high temperatures!
I don't think I've seen a cloud since I've been here :)!
Expecting low scoring!
Stay tuned for more.
Fantastic event this week here at The Centurion Club organized by the European Tour. A different format that reminded me of the World Super 6 event in Perth a few months ago. Even though it didn't go our way on those first two matches yesterday morning, I enjoyed spending the week with Nico and being out on the course.
The decisive moment for me was on the last hole of the first match against Scotland where I lipped out for eagle on my chip and Mark Warren made a 40 footer for eagle to win the match...a tough one to swallow. Moreover, in the second match, Thailand got off to a solid start with three birdies on their first three holes - not really giving us a chance to take the lead.
It was great to sneak a win against Spain and finish third in our group though.
I will stay in London for another two days practicing and playing the brand new West Course at Wentworth. I've heard a lot of great things about this place! It will be my first time out there so really looking forward to it.
Next event will be Sicily in two weeks. I'm going back to Belgium after this London trip to do some work with Jerome and Mich that I haven't seen in a while to get ready for Sicily and check a few things.
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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|1-12-16||4-12-2016||Alfred Dunhill Ch'ip||Rounds: 69 71 67 68 ⦿ To Par: -13 ⦿ Pos.: 3||Leopard Creek CC – Malelane – South Africa|
|8-12-16||11-12-2016||UBS Hong Kong Open||Rounds: 73 68 ⦿ To Par: +1 ⦿ Pos.: T69 - Missed Cut||Hong Kong GC – Fanling – Hong Kong|
|12-01-17||15-01-2017||BMW SA Open Ch'ip hosted by City of Ekurhuleni||Rounds: 72 71 69 71 ⦿ To Par: -5 ⦿ Pos.: T40||Glendower GC – Gauteng – South Africa|
|26-01-17||29-01-2017||Commercial Qatar Masters||Rounds: 67 74 70 69 ⦿ To Par: -8 ⦿ Pos.: T28||Doha G.C. – Doha – Qatar|
|2-02-17||5-02-2017||Omega Dubai Desert Classic||Rounds: 72 77 ⦿ To Par: +5 ⦿ Pos.: T96 - Missed Cut||Emirates G.C. – Dubai – United Arab Emirates|
|16-02-17||19-02-2017||World Super 6 Perth||Rounds: 71 67 67 ⦿ To Par: -11 ⦿ Pos.: T8||Lake Karrinyup CC – Perth – Australia|
|23-02-17||26-02-2017||Joburg Open||Rounds: 70 70 69 ⦿ To Par: -6 ⦿ Pos.: T60||Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC – Johannesburg – South Africa|
|2-03-17||5-03-2017||Tschwane Open||Rounds: 71 70 71 66 ⦿ To Par: -6 ⦿ Pos.: T22||Pretoria CC – Pretoria – South Africa|
|13-04-17||16-04-2017||Trophée Hassan II||Rounds: 72 77 ⦿ To Par: +3 ⦿ Pos.: T72 - Missed Cut||Royal Golf Dar Es Salam – Rabat – Morocco|
|27-04-17||30-04-2017||Volvo China Open||Rounds: 70 66 73 75 ⦿ To Par: -4 ⦿ Pos.: T48||Topwin G&CC – Beijing – China|
|6-05-17||7-05-2017||GolfSixes||Greensomes. Teamed up with Nicolas Colsaerts||Centurion Club – St Albans – England|
|18-05-17||21-05-2017||The Rocco Forte Open||Rounds: 71 66 75 74 ⦿ To Par: +2 ⦿ Pos.: 65||Verdura GC – Agrigente, Sicily – Italy|
|29-05-17||29-05-2017||US Open Ch'ip Qualification||Walton Heath GC – Surrey – England|
|1-06-17||4-06-2017||Nordea Masters||Rounds: 76 76 ⦿ To Par: +6 ⦿ Pos.: T119 - Missed Cut||Barsebäck G&CC – Malmö – Sweden|
|8-06-17||11-06-2017||Lyoness Open Powered by Sporthilfe||Rounds: 72 75 ⦿ To Par: +3 ⦿ Pos.: T67 - Missed Cut||Diamond CC – Atzenbrug – Austria|
|22-06-17||25-06-2017||BMW International Open||Rounds: 65 71 70 66 ⦿ To Par: -16 ⦿ Pos.: T2||Golfclub München Eichenried – Eichenried, Munich – Germany|
|29-06-17||2-07-2017||Open de France||Le Golf National – Paris – France|
|6-07-17||9-07-2017||Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation||Portstewart GC – Co. Londonderry – Northern Ireland|
|13-07-17||16-07-2017||Aberdeen Asset Mgmt. Scottish Open||Dundonald Links – Gales, Ayrshire – Scotland|
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