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Scottish Week

On to Scotland after a decent week in Northern Ireland. As you might have noticed, some very low scoring last week especially during the weekend! After a cut-line of 4 under par on Friday night, players kept going lower. I still played some good golf out there, but missed a few opportunities to get something going on Saturday and Sunday! Especially on Saturday morning being -3 after 5!! Anyways, a positive week overall and still adding a few extra points to the Race to Dubai ranking! 
Also what a performance from Rambo (Jon Rahm)!! He simply lapped the field, congrats Jon!

I arrived in Scotland last night from Belfast. As a matter of fact, I know the area quite well having played a few Boys Amateur Championships at courses not too far away from here and at Dundonald Golf Links as well! Great set up for this year's Scottish Open and as always on a links course, weather will play a major role for scoring!

Can't wait for Thursday to come and get after those last three spots for the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale next week!

Halfway Update

Great first two days here in Northern Ireland. Tough conditions early this morning as well with rain, cold temperatures and wind! Managed to be very steady from tee to green and stay patient throughout the day.

Off at 10.50am tomorrow with Ian Poulter. Should be a fun weekend ahead. Let's go low! 

Northern Ireland

After a disappointing week in Paris, back to business here in beautiful Northern Ireland. The game felt really good last week with quality ball striking. Made a few clumsy bogeys on some easy holes in addition to a lack of momentum on the greens, and on a course like that there isn't any room for clumsy errors. However, it was still a great event at a fantastic venue!
I was able to go back home right after my round on Friday, spent some quality time with friends and family, and took advantage of the weekend at home to relax.

Moving on, I flew in yesterday morning with T Pieters and played 18 yesterday afternoon. Portstewart GC is an amazing golf course, which I've had the chance to play a few years ago for the British Amateur Championship. Lots of impressive views along the water with high dunes, deep bunkers and blind shots. As always on links golfcourses, weather conditions will dictate how easy or tough the course can be! All in all, great week ahead and looking forward to get something going at my second Rolex Series event!

Off at 12.50 tomorrow on 10! 

Let's Build Up on Last Week's Performance

Well... Not much to say about last week's performance! Couldn't be happier with the way I played and behaved on the course! I think my caddy and I did a great job staying focused and sticking to a great game plan with the right mindset. I did everything I can to try to bring that trophy home. -6, 66 on a Sunday... I don't think I'm allowed to have any regrets! Congrats to Andres Romero for his performance! As I said the previous weeks, the game felt great and I felt that I was very close to make something happen!

Moving on, fun day yesterday at the Millenium Golf Club for the Pieters-Detry Golf Tour for our sponsor "Private Bank Delen"! Great to see the fans and support we get from the mainland! By the way, it seems that we need more of these kind of days. Our last day for the "Bank Delen" was last August, the Tuesday after both of us won! Me on the Challenge Tour in Oxford and TP in Denmark, TP also got selected for the Ryder Cup that same day. I think the chances of winning the lottery are higher than planning a day like that 6 months before!

Made it to Paris last night and pretty exhausted after these last couple of days. I will take it easy today, just going to hit a few balls, and chip and put to have a feel for the greens and grass. Also playing the pro-am tomorrow afternoon.

Last but not least, very much looking forward to this week. For those of you who don't remember, I received an invite here last year and finished top 25 on my first European Tour event as a pro! Also staying in the beautiful town of Versailles which has a lot of great little restaurants and a fantastic atmosphere! Good vibes for the week!

Fun Weekend Ahead

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!

All Good Rounds Start with a Bogey

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!

BMW International Open

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!

Week Off

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! 

Sweden

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.

Let's Get it Going

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!

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.: 106Le 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 OpenGreen Eagle G.C. – Hamburg – Germany

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