Hello golf fans! Here is a little update on what happened last week in Oman and what’s coming up this week in Doha!
As far as last week is concerned, it was nice to go back to Muscat which brought up some memories as well... ‘My European Tour Card through the Challenge Tour top 15!” As a matter of fact, the course is an absolute gem. A few of us knew the course already, but most of the older guys who played it for the first time were absolutely stunned! Amazing greens, solid bunkering, fairly long with some risk-reward options and last but not least beautiful views. As far as my result is concerned, it was a mixed feeling considering my extremely soar neck Thursday morning. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to play that morning. Luckily enough, the physios were able to loosen it up a bit and release the pain. Furthermore, obviously a bit disappointed with my Saturday finish that sort of put me out of the tournament but still a top 30 and a few points for the ranking!
Moving on, I arrived Monday midday in Doha. I took it easy yesterday and played 18 today. Definitely expecting some high winds out here as it blows pretty much everyday between 15 and 25mph on average. On top of that, the course is in great condition with firm greens and thick Bermuda rough. It should be a great test. Excited for Thursday morning already!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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: Ryan McGuigan
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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||Rounds: 68 66 69 71 ⦿ To Par: -14 ⦿ Pos.: 22T||Emirates G.C. – Dubai – United Arab Emirates|
|1-02-18||4-02-2018||Maybank Ch'ip Malaysia||Rounds: 68 68 69 71 ⦿ To Par: -12 ⦿ Pos.: 23T||Saujana G&CC – Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia|
|15-02-18||18-02-2018||NBO Oman Golf Classic||Rounds: 72 69 74 70 ⦿ To Par: -3 ⦿ Pos.: 31T||Al Mouj Golf – Muscat – Oman|
|22-02-18||25-02-2018||Commercialbank Qatar Masters||Rounds: 67 70 70 73 ⦿ To Par: -8 ⦿ Pos.: 39T||Doha G.C. – Doha – Qatar|
|12-04-18||15-04-2018||Open de España||Centro Nacional de Golf – Madris – Spain|
|19-04-18||22-04-2018||Trophée Hassan II||Royal Golf Dar Es Salam – Rabat – Morocco|
|26-04-18||29-04-2018||Volvo China Open||Topwin G&CC – Beijing – China|
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