Well, what can I say, it feels pretty great to be back writing the first post of 2019 and the new European Tour season!
To be honest, it’s almost a bit sad to go back to the drawing board and start with a completely clean slate after the buzz of such a brilliant finish to last year...but, nonetheless, I couldn’t be more excited to get back to business and just take some confidence from the experience of that World Cup victory!
To bring you up to date, it has been an intense start to the year already. Myself, Nico and the full team headed over to Dubai early last week to get some solid pre-season training in. Pieters joined the crew a little later and over the course of the week we were shown some amazing hospitality by the local courses including Els Club, Trump and Jumeriah. We couldn't have asked for better practice facilities or conditions and it's been a brilliant way for us to get refocussed after the Winter break and prepare for the first stretch of this Desert Swing. Furthermore, it was also a lot of fun to have my strength and swing coaches (Richard and Michel Vanmeerbeek) out here to do some great little post-training workouts together at The Warehouse gym!
Moving onto this week and we are all getting ready to play in the 14th edition of the Abu Dhabi Championship! Not only is the tournament a Wednesday start this time round but the event is now part of the Rolex Series which means a considerable amount of Race to Dubai points are on offer early doors!
You might already remember but I recorded a Top 10 finish at the last edition of this event including a nice little round of 64 on 'Moving Day'! It's a low scoring course with tight fairways and strategically placed bunkers to make things tricky so the usual combination of accuracy off the tee as well as some solid putting will definitely be key to posting a good score.
We are set to enjoy some traditional warm and sunny conditions over here on Wednesday/Thursday but the wind is predicted to pick up over the weekend. Going to try hard to avoid that having any consequences on my scorecard though!
Great vibes all round this week! Always enjoy having my coach Jerome and trainer Fabien on site during a tournament and as a matter of fact, I was lucky enough to receive a fresh delivery of Hugo Boss clothing to my hotel room on Monday AM! Can officially start the season looking as fresh as we all feel!
Off at 1.25pm local time tomorrow. Fingers crossed for a fast start!!
Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the fans around the world from team Detry!
To be truthful, it is pretty hard to put into words quite how incredible last week was...and to experience the entire thing representing your Country with one of your best friends by your side...you can't beat it! What an unbelievable tournament the World Cup was and a perfect way to close out a fantastic 2018 season. Moreover, I am really happy to have finally put my first European Tour victory down in the books as well as making some unforgettable life memories in Australia!
It was very special to land back into Brussels airport yesterday evening to a group of dedicated Belgian fans and family too! Golf still isn't considered a huge sport in this country but it was an amazing feeling to be reminded of how much support we do have back here as well as the opportunity to inspire people too.
Before I sign off for Christmas, I just wanted to take a quick bit of time to say thank you to everyone involved in making the 2018 Team Detry so strong!
Firstly to all my sponsors who go above and beyond the required level of effort to support me on and off the golf course.
To both Bank Delen and Rolex, I am acutely aware of how lucky I am to have such good personal connections with each of you. Thank you for making the occasions that we meet so enjoyable. I am very grateful for your continual support!
To Patrick and the team at Hugo Boss, thank you for producing and delivering more first class golf clothing than it's possible to imagine actually exists...or to fit in my wardrobe!
Thanks to GFore for creating products that result in me receiving more compliments on the course about my gloves and shoes than I have had on my actual swing this season!
Also, a special mention to Alexis Mannès, a dear friend of the family and Mercedes Official dealer. Not sure if I could get a smoother ride driving one of his amazing cars.
To Callaway, thanks for being so knowledgable, available and reliable every week of the year. I am very proud to be a part of the best team in the business!
Thanks to Mark, Lance and Macca from Excel Sports as well as Vincent Borremans for the constant guidance and management that has helped guide me so quickly from where I started to the point I have reached today.
To Fabien and Richard (my strength coaches) - thank you guys for working so seamlessly together to help me get after all my inappropriately demanding targets! Also to my coaches Michel and Jerome Theunis for the consistent instruction and confidence you are always on hand to give me, at all those crucial times.
To Ryan, my caddy, thank you for weathering every week by my side. Bring on next season and let's make it even bigger than this one!
Special thanks to Nicolas Colsaerts and Thomas Pieters too. Who knows what will happen in the next few years but I am 100% convinced these European Tour adventures wouldn't be the same without them!
Last but not least, thanks to my Mom, Dad and all my friends and family in Brussels. For all your unspoken support and for giving me a home that makes me feel so happy to come back to each time there is a break in my schedule! Also to Sarah, who’s working hard in the shadow to always make my life a little bit easier. And furthermore, my Illini family and Coach Small who I owe pretty much everything!
Now for some much needed rest and time off! I am not sure yet what the next month will consist of but I do know that it will involve celebrating an incredible year. Thanks to all my blog readers and fans out there for experiencing everything alongside me! Happy Christmas to all of you too!....Can't wait to get next season started already!
Well, fair to say that the weather conditions out here yesterday were unbelievably brutal! As a matter of fact, both myself and TP have a couple of family and friends out here this week and, despite playing in a solid five hours of rain and winds all afternoon - they stayed strong and supported us out there all day! That’s some true Belgian spirit!
Moreover, Pieters and I are loving every second of the tournament so far. It was a great to follow up a fast first day with some defensive golf in testing conditions yesterday afternoon and keep our place up at the top of the leaderboard.
Thanks to everyone back home for all your messages and support. Halfway through the battle now so fingers crossed we can keep it going this weekend and make Belgium proud!
Final tournament of 2018 and we are now in Melbourne for the ISPS Handa World Cup!
Fun to mix things up and play a slightly different format of golf over here! Today we played fourball (best ball), and after a bit of a slow start this morning, we were very happy to have turned things around and post a first round -9 (63)! Tomorrow and Sunday will change to foursomes though and unfortunately there are going to be some pretty testing weather conditions lined up for us over the next few days with heavy rain and wind forecasted right through to the weekend.
The event is being hosted at the Metropolitan Golf Club this week and it is truly in incredible condition right now! It’s a traditional Sandbelt Golf Course here which means that there are superbly manicured fairways as well as a lot of beautifully executed bunkers that cut into the edges of the firm and fast greens.
It has been an action packed week since we arrived already but it’s truly very exciting to be here alongside Pieters in my first team event as a Pro and officially representing our country! It definitely feels like a huge honour to play in an event with such a rich history...and as a matter of fact, it was only 7 years ago that Belgium was represented in this event by Nico and my coach Jerome Theunis!
Hope it’s not too tough for the Belgian fans to support us this week with the 10 hour time difference! Happy to have got off to a fast start though to give everyone a low first round score to wake up to!
A frustrating Sunday sign off last weekend but nonetheless, extremely happy to have secured another Top 10 result in South Africa! In all honesty, it is tough to imagine a more perfectly organised tournament. It was an honour to spend time with Gary Player as well as to stroll the fairways in the final group with Sergio and Louis on Sunday. On top of that, we were surrounded by incredible hospitality, weather conditions & wildlife all week! Huge thanks therefore to the promoters and everyone who was involved in making it so memorable!
Onto the next installment of the Final Series and its officially time for the last event of 2018! Its been 51 long weeks since I teed up at the first tournament of the season - the UBS Hong Kong Open back in November…and considering last year I was a spectator at this event (having finished 86th on the 2017 rankings), I am pretty excited to have the opportunity to actually play here and make one more final push up those Race to Dubai Rankings!
The venue for this week’s Grand Final is the Earth Course at Jumeriah Golf Estates which is a par 72 Greg Norman designed course. It features wide open fairways, large greens and just short of 100 immaculate presented white bunkers! All four of the last holes will be quite testing too since water is a feature on them all, including a creek which works its way up the entire length of the 18th hole!
Furthermore, there is no better way to enjoy the last week of the European Tour calendar than with my full team here in Dubai! My coaches Mich and Jerome flew in on Monday as well as Vinnie and Fabien who are here this week also. As a matter of fact, even a few of my close family and friends have made the long journey to come over and show their support too!
Last but not least, predictably dry, warm and sunny conditions have been forecasted here all week long with temperatures reaching up to 34 degrees. I actually heard that it is expected to snow back in Brussels this week which will make playing here in the heat all that much more enjoyable!
Off at 10.15am tomorrow with Andy Sullivan. Already can’t wait to get out there. Let's hope for a fast start and a lot of birdies!
What a way to close up an unbelievable week in Turkey! As you can imagine, it felt great to be right there in the mix with the leaders on Sunday. After a slow front nine and an unfortunate bogey on the tenth, I started to hit some great shots off the tee and set myself up with a lot of opportunities for birdies on the greens. Luckily I was able to convert a few of those putts and climb a decent number of spots up the leaderboard to secure my first ever Top 3 finish at a Rolex Series event!
Huge thanks to the promoters for organising such a fantastic tournament. We couldn’t have asked for a better set up or facilities during the week and I am already looking forward to going back next season!
Now onto the second stage of this Final Series and we are back in South Africa for the Nedbank Golf Challenge. The event is being hosted at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City and what a place this is!! Honestly, it’s pretty hard not to get distracted during your round when there are so many wild animals roaming the fairways as well as some spectacular views of the elephants roaming across the Pilanesberg mountains!
As for the course itself, it’s a long par 72 stretching over 7800 yards but with altitude as a significant factor this week, a longer ball flight will considerably affect those numbers.
In terms of weather, the forecast is looking like it will be pretty kind to us again! As a matter of fact we arrived into stormy conditions on Monday but that seems to have all passed now since only light winds and consistent 30 degree temperatures have been projected for the rest of the week!
Practice, Pro Am and preparation now all complete. First round tee off scheduled for 09.34am tomorrow morning and officially ready to get this thing started!
Not the fast Friday I was looking for after a strong start out on the course yesterday! There was some poor ball striking to begin today's round and a few silly mistakes which ended up costing me some crucial shots, but very glad to have re-set shortly after and fought back to bring the round safely back into the red! Furthermore, both the course and weather conditions couldn't be better right now so it's genuinely just enjoyable getting out there and playing!
The pressure remains strong this week though with some very low scores out there these past few days. If you're not making those all important birdies, you're moving backwards...so now it's time to make the weekend count! Round 3 kicks off at 10.50am tomorrow. Let's go low!
Arrived in Turkey for the first of the three Final Series events - and what a place this is! Golf's popularity has been successfully growing in this country in recent years and its amazing to see how Belek has evolved from a quiet unoccupied area to an incredible golf community with so many great courses and fantastic hotels. Moreover, the course we play this week is one of the most popular since the installation of floodlights allows guests to enjoy the challenges of night time golf!
Back to the tournament and everything is on site for us this week which means we save time travelling around and instead can make the most the luxurious facilities the Regnum Resort has to offer! It's a generous course set up here which, as per previous years, will allow for some seriously low scoring. Water is a feature on nearly half the holes but a few short par 4's, reachable par 5's and large greens means there are plenty of birdies out there to be made. The weather forecast also looks pretty perfect over these next few days with consistently warm temperatures, sunny skies and almost 0% chance of rain all week long!
Last but not least, we have all three Belgians playing in the field this week. Crazy to think it was a full year ago that we were all on the edge of our seats watching Nico in battle for the trophy down the final stretch. Finger's crossed that one...or all three of us can produce the same fight this time around!
Off at 10.30am for the first round tomorrow and feeling the great vibes already. Let's get this Final Series started right!
Time to enjoy my last weekend at home before leaving early Monday AM for the Final Series! Turkey, South Africa, Dubai and Melbourne are all up next on the schedule and I honestly can't wait to get out there.
Just spent an incredible week in Southern France with my strength coach Fabien Lefaucheux and Mich - my swing coach who you all know by now! We were able to do some great work on the amazing facilities that Golf of Saint Donat has to offer. As a matter of fact, it was the perfect few days hitting great practice balls on immaculate turf, working on wedges on the little compact course as well as having some fun golf games with the pro French players also practicing in the area. All of this was done in 25 degree weather with pretty much no wind - it simply doesn't get any better!
Now it's time for a few days relaxation to catch up with family and friends before hitting the road! Look out for more updates in the next few weeks...first stop - Turkey!
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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