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Update in the Algarve

The three Belgians playing the same event and all three through the cut as well. Nothing like representing the Belgian colors out here. On top of that, what an amazing venue we've got this week! The Algarve is simply amazing at this time of the year. No humidity, perfect temperatures, no clouds and just a fine breeze!


Moreover, very pleased with the way I played these first two days. I managed to make a few more putts yesterday afternoon and find that momentum which was key. Also very helpful to be surrounded by my coaches this week, Jérôme Theunis and Michel Vanmeerbeek. We did some small tweaks on the swing and putting that were needed. If my math is correct, I believe I'm averaging one bogey a round for my last five rounds! I quite like it that way and let's try to bring that average even lower! 


Last but not least, weather conditions will be very similar again for the weekend so scoring should quite low! Very excited to get after it this weekend!


Lets See Some Red Colors for the Weekend

Interesting first two days out here. A horrible +4 for the first round followed by a great bogey free -5 yesterday afternoon. Pleased with my game and the way I handled the situation. Also great to have my coach Mich out here, and had a great little chat with him between my two rounds.


For those of you who don't know what happened, the afternoon-wave on Thursday had to play in horrific weather conditions with winds up to 50 km/h, cold temperatures and horizontal rain. Just to give you an idea, on the par-3 8th from only 136m away, I had to hit a 4-iron to barely reach to front edge of the green. I managed to stay +2 through 7 holes before they blew the horn and had to finish the round yesterday morning. 45 minutes after the first round ended, off I went again for the second eighteen. A great round of 5-under, 29 holes in a day and safely through the cut. Safe to say I was in bed by 8.30pm last night.


Looking forward to a great weekend here at the KLM Open with a lot of red following me! Let's have fun!

Next Stop: KLM Open

A fun week in Crans but not really the result I was hoping for. Although I played some quality golf during the first two days, I was never able to get some momentum and go low. As a matter of fact, I kept making clumsy mistakes that cost me a lot of shots even just around the greens or with a wedge in my hand. However, this is exactly what this course does to you! Narrow, firm and slopy greens with messy rough around them! If you aren't sharp within 100m of the hole out there, you can just bogey the course to death!

Anyways, I decided to stay the weekend in Crans and enjoy that beautiful place! The Swiss alps offer pretty much everything. It's the perfect place to clear your mind, do a lot of sport and eat well! 

Last but not least, I flew back last night to Brussels and I will spend the next two days here catching up with friends and family and do some work with my coach Jerome Theunis before the KLM Open! 

Stay tuned for more and I hope to see a lot of red out on Thursday and Friday to support Nico and myself at the KLM Open! 

Czech Update

Solid first two days of golf for the Czech masters here in Prague. It's been a weird two days with thunderstorms, wind and rain for half of the field and (almost) perfect conditions for the other half. Unfortunately TP and I were playing during these rough conditions and managed to put a decent under-par score up. 


I've been to Prague before but never had the chance to play the Albatross Course, a fantastic track!

The course has been set up pretty hard for us. Firm greens, thick rough and obviously very wet because of the rain, so it is definitely playing long. Moreover, the third round will be played his afternoon. Let's get after it, the weekend is all ours!


PS: very much enjoying Prague this week. Always fun to stay in a cool city like that with plenty of dinner options, fun walks and beautiful architecture! It definitely makes the weeks go by much faster. 

Up and Down Day

Up and down day but overall happy with my game! I really feel like it's going towards the right direction! A T14 and a few more points on the R2D ranking! Things are going well! 

I must say that I still have some mixed feelings about today being -5 after 8 holes. Those two vicious lip outs on 9 and 10 really killed me!  Two great puts that didn't go in at that point in the tournament are hard to swallow! Anyways. I just see this week as another experience to learn from. 

Moving on, the Made in Denmark event is just amazing! Fantastic crowds, a great organization and an awesome venue! I'm definitely coming back next year! 

On to Prague now! Another fun week ahead In a great city! Let's keep that momentum going!

Day 1 in the Books

Decent start of The Made in Denmark. Cold and pretty windy conditions as well this morning. It should be blowing up to 28 mph tomorrow too.

Overall pretty happy with the way I played. Obviously a little disappointed to finish with two clumsy bogeys after two consecutive birdies, but anything under par is respectable today. As I said, there are some low scores out there and they will come if you manage those tricky holes well!

Off at 1.50pm tomorrow!

Made in Denmark

Great week here in Aalborg for the Made in Denmark! Awesome course and crowds already and the tourney hasn't even started. 

The Himmerland Golf is a great track with lots of birdie opportunities along with a few tricky holes where you have to be careful! In addition to that, greens are firm, fast and very true so expecting some low scoring! However, as we all know, this can all change pretty quickly with the weather conditions, especially here up north!

Also, it was my first time playing the 16th hole today. I am sure most of you heard of or have seen this 16th hole on TV. What a great little par 3 it is and I can't wait to play it in front of thousands of people! 

Off at 8.50am tomorrow! Let's get this Danish week started off right! 

Home Bound

Tough loss today but great playing from Mr. Siem! I really struggled to find a rhythm on the front nine giving Marcel the chance to take a serious lead after 10 holes. Played some pretty good golf from there on but at his level, we just can't let the opponent go.

Anyway, lots of positives to take out of this week again. Game feels good, added a few points on the Race to Dubai ranking again and excited to play the next few weeks.

Flying home tonight! Practice and work out the next two days, and flying out Tuesday morning with Nico and TP! Looking forward to have three Belgians again in a European event in Denmark! The Belgian flag will be flying high and big!! 

Moving On

Great day yesterday after a two week break from competition. Started the round off strongly with birdies on the first and third hole. From there on, I kept hitting fairways and greens giving myself a lot of birdie opportunities. The turning point of the match was definitely at the 10th. Made three birdies in a row (10, 11, 12) to go 3 up.

Next opponent: Nacho Elvira at 2.05pm, another Spanish. Let's keep doing what I'm doing and get this W!

Match Play

Two weeks later, it's about time I get it going again on the links! It felt great to take my mind off golf during these two weeks spending some great time in the Swiss Alps with my mom and awesome moments Back in Belgiu with friends that I hadn't seen in a while.

Moving on, I arrived in Munich yesterday afternoon and made it to the golf course just on time to fit a little nine holes practice round with Nico that I hadn't seen since the Scottish Open! Always great to be around your fellow countrymen at Tour events! On top of that, I woke up pretty early this morning to get another twelve holes in!

Mark, my caddy, and I then did some great work on the range with the Trackman getting those wedges dialed in and working on ball flights.

The course is great here, fairly long with thick rough and narrow fairways. Also very much a risk reward golf course that fits very well for match play. In this respect, there are many holes where hitting driver on an aggressive line could give us a significant advantage!

For those of you who remembered it, Bad Griesbach Golf Club is where my good friend Alex Levy won The Porsche European Open last year in a play off against Ross Fisher!

Last but not least, great vibes for tomorrow! Off at 12.30 against Eduardo de la Riva! We don't play a lot of match play events a year but it's a format that I love! Let's go!

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 2017

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DateEnd dateEventResult/noteVenue
1-12-164-12-2016Alfred Dunhill Ch'ipRounds: 69 71 67 68   ⦿  To Par: -13  ⦿  Pos.: 3Leopard Creek CC – Malelane – South Africa
8-12-1611-12-2016UBS Hong Kong OpenRounds: 73 68  ⦿  To Par: +1  ⦿  Pos.: T69 - Missed CutHong Kong GC – Fanling – Hong Kong
12-01-1715-01-2017BMW SA Open Ch'ip hosted by City of EkurhuleniRounds: 72 71 69 71   ⦿  To Par: -5  ⦿  Pos.: T40Glendower GC – Gauteng – South Africa
26-01-1729-01-2017Commercial Qatar MastersRounds: 67 74 70 69   ⦿  To Par: -8  ⦿  Pos.: T28Doha G.C. – Doha – Qatar
2-02-175-02-2017Omega Dubai Desert ClassicRounds: 72 77  ⦿  To Par: +5  ⦿  Pos.: T96 - Missed CutEmirates G.C. – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
16-02-1719-02-2017World Super 6 PerthRounds: 71 67 67   ⦿  To Par: -11  ⦿  Pos.: T8Lake Karrinyup CC – Perth – Australia
23-02-1726-02-2017Joburg OpenRounds: 70 70 69   ⦿  To Par: -6  ⦿  Pos.: T60Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC – Johannesburg – South Africa
2-03-175-03-2017Tschwane OpenRounds: 71 70 71 66   ⦿  To Par: -6  ⦿  Pos.: T22Pretoria CC – Pretoria – South Africa
13-04-1716-04-2017Trophée Hassan IIRounds: 72 77   ⦿  To Par: +3  ⦿  Pos.: T72 - Missed CutRoyal Golf Dar Es Salam – Rabat – Morocco
27-04-1730-04-2017Volvo China OpenRounds: 70 66 73 75   ⦿  To Par: -4  ⦿  Pos.: T48Topwin G&CC – Beijing – China
6-05-177-05-2017GolfSixesGreensomes. Teamed up with Nicolas ColsaertsCenturion Club – St Albans – England
18-05-1721-05-2017The Rocco Forte OpenRounds: 71 66 75 74   ⦿  To Par: +2  ⦿  Pos.: 65Verdura GC – Agrigente, Sicily – Italy
29-05-1729-05-2017US Open Ch'ip QualificationWalton Heath GC – Surrey – England
1-06-174-06-2017Nordea MastersRounds: 76 76  ⦿  To Par: +6  ⦿  Pos.: T119 - Missed CutBarsebäck G&CC – Malmö – Sweden
8-06-1711-06-2017Lyoness Open Powered by SporthilfeRounds: 72 75  ⦿  To Par: +3  ⦿  Pos.: T67 - Missed CutDiamond CC – Atzenbrug – Austria
22-06-1725-06-2017BMW International OpenRounds: 65 71 70 66  ⦿  To Par: -16  ⦿  Pos.: T2Golfclub München Eichenried – Eichenried, Munich – Germany
29-06-172-07-2017Open de FranceRounds: 72 75   ⦿  To Par: +5  ⦿  Pos.: 106 - Missed CutLe Golf National – Paris – France
6-07-179-07-2017Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory FoundationRounds: 70 68 70 72   ⦿  To Par: -8  ⦿  Pos.: 48Portstewart GC – Co. Londonderry – Northern Ireland
13-07-1716-07-2017Aberdeen Asset Mgmt. Scottish OpenRounds: 75 69   ⦿  To Par: 0  ⦿  Pos.: 66T - Missed CutDundonald Links – Gales, Ayrshire – Scotland
27-07-1730-07-2017Porsche European OpenRounds: 71 69 70 75   ⦿  To Par: -3  ⦿  Pos.: 37TGreen Eagle G.C. – Hamburg – Germany
17-08-1720-08-2017Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match PlayRound 3 - Def. M.Siem 3&2Golf Resort Bad Griesbach – Bad Griesbach – Germany
24-08-1727-08-2017Made In DenmarkRounds: 69 71 65 69   ⦿  To Par: -10  ⦿  Pos.: 14THimmerland Golf & Spa Resort – Farsø – Denmark
31-08-173-09-2017D+D REAL Czech MastersRounds: 72 71 72 75   ⦿  To Par: +2  ⦿  Pos.: 54TAlbatross Golf Resort – Prague – Czech Republic
7-09-1710-09-2017Omega European MastersRounds: 70 71   ⦿  To Par: +1  ⦿  Pos.: 78T - Missed CutCrans-sur-Sierre – Crans Montana – Switzerland
14-09-1717-09-2017KLM OpenRounds: 75 66 68 70   ⦿  To Par: -5  ⦿  Pos.: 38TThe Dutch – Spijk – The Netherlands
21-09-1724-09-2017Portugal MastersRounds: 69 65 68 71   ⦿  To Par: -11  ⦿  Pos.: 20TOceânico Victoria GC – Vilamoura – Portugal
5-10-178-10-2017Alfred Dunhill Links Ch'ipRounds: 71 76 70   ⦿  To Par: +1  ⦿  Pos.: 110T - Missed CutO.C. St Andrews, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns – Scotland – Scotland, UK
12-10-1715-10-2017Italian OpenRounds: 71 68   ⦿  To Par: -3  ⦿  Pos.: 67T - Missed CutRoyal Park I Roveri – Torino – Italy
19-10-1722-10-2017Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia FoundationReal Club Valderrama – Sotogrande – Spain

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