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The Waiting Game

As you might have noticed, no one pulled out of the field and I didn't get the opportunity to play as a first reserve this week. I woke up at 4.30am this morning to be ready to go by 6.30am in case someone did pull out and waited till the last afternoon tee time... But no one did. A few players overcame some minor injuries and stomach issues from yesterday, that's it. However always disappointing to see players teeing it up and withdrawing after a couple of holes... I would have done anything to play this week!!!

Anyways, I don't regret my decision of traveling to China for this week's event. Frustrating but it's all part of the learning process. In this respect, I just consider this week as a preparation for next week's Volvo China Open, getting used to the time difference, the food and taking advantage of the great facilities Genzon Golf Club offers us. The focus is on next week already.

We did some great work this morning with my caddy Mark, checking the set up and basics of the swing. We also messed around with the Trackman for a few hours. What an amazing tool this is when used the right way. Therefore, I've decided to buy one! It's all investment and a necessity as a golfer that will definitely pay off!
For those of you who don't know what the Trackman is... It is a ball flight and impact analyzer that gives you all the information needed to improve your game such as: distance, spin rate, attack angle, club path etc. Overall, you have access to more than 30 different numbers... On top of that, you can be creative with it and play some fun distance games that makes practice even more fun.

For now, let's stay patient and don't over-practice. Two hours a day is more than enough. The game feels good and I'm ready to roll. 

Last but not least, also planning on doing some cool activities these next few days: Let's see what the Shenzhen markets have to offer, probably planning a little day trip to Hong Kong and definitely looking forward to see the Great Wall of China next week in Beijing. 

China Bound

Frustrating week in Morocco after missing the cut by only one little shot. Game felt great off the tee but not sharp enough with short irons to the greens. On a tricky course like this with small and firm greens, imprecisions are costly...
I took advantage of the amazing facilities to practice and get ready for the next few events.

By the way, what an amazing event this was. Even though it didn't go my way, I really enjoyed spending the week there with a great venue and organization. Thank you! I will be back!

On the other side, currently 1st reserve for the Shenzen International. Rough times last night trying to figure out with my team whether or not I should travel for the event since I was 4th reserve. But after getting a morning call today telling me that I was 1st reserve, it's a no-brainer. Definitely taking my chances and heading over to China. Thank you Sarah (From Excel) for always finding the most efficient airfares and travel deals. She is the best!
Now, let's wait and see. However, the upside is that I'm in the field for next week's Volvo China Open thanks to my world ranking (The first 60 players of the top 250 in the world are in the tournament field).

I will update you guys as soon as I know if something changes in the field. Let's hope things go our way this time! Let's go Chinaaaaa 


Day 1 in Morocco

Great first day out there after a 5 week break. These last five weeks have been long and I was in a serious need of tournament play towards the end. I flew in Monday night and played a practice round with Ricardo Gouveia, Marcel Siem and Nico Colsaerts; and what a beautiful course this is. Feels good to hang out with Nico and Vincent (Borremans) again out on tour. It's been a while since the Omega Dubai Desert Classic!!

Moreover, the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam is private course owned by the king of Morocco. Only a few players get the opportunity to play the course during the year so you can imagine the quality of it. Not a divot, perfect greens and fairways, and penal rough. 

As you can see the course is playing hard as well with some great bunkering off the tee, narrow fairways and small greens. Very pleased with my -1 total today.

Useless to ask any of you if you followed T. Pieters last week at Augusta. What a performance!! He looked very impressive out there and in full control of his game and emotions. What an example for all of us. Definitely makes me wanna work harder and join him out there. Anyway, very much looking forward to seeing Thomas (hopefully) soon here in Europe.

Excited for round 2!

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Master's Week

A fun trip to the US that unfortunately needed to be cut short due to a personal family matter. As I mentioned it in my previous post, still really enjoyed catching up with some friends and the Florida sunshine. I will definitely be back in the USA as soon as possible. 

Spent the last 10 days at home getting ready for the next events. Saw my coach Mich for a little swing check and worked on posture and swing take-off trying to keep the club more in front of me. I also spent some time with Jérôme and worked on posture as well, bringing my hips more square in front of the ball which helps my putter path and follow through.

Currently in London playing and practicing at Walton Heath Golf Club. What a beautiful track it is right outside of the city. This is also the course where I played my first Arnold Palmer Cup in 2014. For those of you who don't know what it is, the AP Cup is a Ryder Cup style match between 10 European and 10 American students. Some great memories I have from this place keeping the Cup in Europe, and what a great team we had coached by Andrew Coltart with teammates such as Ricardo Gouveia, Paul Dunne and Jon Rahm. 
However, the main reason why I'm here is to play a practice round for the US Open qualifier in May and also getting some rounds in on a quality course before my first event in Morocco.

One more week till my first event! It's been a long break and I'm definitely ready to get back after it with my caddy. 
Time now to enjoy Masters' week and cheer for the big brother! Make us proud TP! 

Good to be Back

After a good week of practice in Portugal and a few days at home, I decided to head over to the US and spend some time with my former teammates and coach, and catch up with some friends. I'm currently in Jupiter, Florida with Alex Burge and Charlie Danielson and I will head over to Illinois on Monday to spend a few days on campus (Champaign, IL) and the rest of the week downtown Chicago.


Played Tequesta Country Club yesterday, a fantastic little track with amazing greens and a great design and ended the day at "The Woods" (Tiger's sports bar). Quality food and great atmosphere! I would say the first day was a success. Plan for this Sunday: Beach and The Bears Club!

Many more fun days ahead!

Getting Ready in Portugal

A long break between my last event in South Africa and the next upcoming event in Morocco. It was great to spend some time at home last week catching up with friends and family and leaving the clubs in the garage. I spent a lot of time in the gym with my strength coach Richard Vanmeerbeek, Mich's son. He just opened his fourth Crossfit Gym in Woluwe, Brussels; a fantastic place. I recommend you go check it out (CrossfitPowerFactory.com).

Moving on, I am currently in Quinta do Lago in Portugal where I joined my mom. It is my third time down here since last November and what a great place for golfers. Only a few hours away from Brussels, fantastic golf courses, great facilities and amazing food... What else do you need?

This is how my days look like: Early morning practice sessions from 8 to 11am working on the swing and trying to shorten up the backswing a bit, followed by a good gym session from 11.30 to 1pm. Then lunch and relax with my mom, and finish the day with putting and shortage work or a few holes. 

Already looking forward to Morocco!

Home Bound

How about these last five holes to conclude this first part of the season! A great round of 66 (-5) to sneak into that top 25 and put a few extra points on the ranking. I played this last round with my former Palmer Cup teammate Pep Angles from Spain. Lots of fun battling it out there with him and trying to shoot as low as we could. We both made some errors here and there but were able to bounce back and finish our round at 5 under par.

On my way back home now and very much looking forward to putting the clubs aside for a few days, catching up with friends and family and last but not least, REST! 
Plan for the next few weeks: Joining my mom in Quinta do Lago, Portugal for a week to enjoy some good weather, great facilities and courses, and to practice hard!

After Portugal, I will be heading West to the USA! Cannot wait to go back. As a matter of fact, I haven't seen my former college teammates, friends and coach since last June after the NCAA National Championship.

I'm first flying to West Palm Beach in Florida to hang out and practice with Alex Burge and Charlie Danielson for a few days. After that, I'll head up North to Chicago with Alex and join T Pieters there to spend a few days on Campus and in Chicago! It's going to be great! The three amigos back together! 
Next scheduled events (so far) are Morocco and the two in China.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Big Weekend Ahead

Much better day today. Felt very comfortable off the tee and played some very solid golf from tee to green. As a matter of fact, I hit every fairway today, 14/14!

Still a little disappointed about shooing -1 after being -3 through 9 holes. I really had it going but just couldn't keep the momentum going after two clumsy mistakes with a wedge and a short iron in my hands.

We did a little bit of range work after the round to get used to my distances with the irons. As a matter of fact, I have been struggling with the altitude and how far the ball travels. Just to give you an idea, I've hit pitching wedge 155m or 7 iron over 200m...

Looking forward to one last push this weekend before a well deserved break back to Europe and a visit to my College coach and old teammates  in the US with T.Pieters. 


Tomorrow is Another Day

Exhausting day out there on the course. Couldn't find any sort of energy today with heavy legs and mental tiredness. Only hit 4 fairways all day, and with the thick and heavy rough around the greens and fairways, it isn't ideal.

Interesting stat though... 8 for 8 on up and downs today. Showed some great touch around the green (https://twitter.com/europeantour/status/837295487212408832). I guess that short game work on Tuesday with Mark (my caddy) paid off.  

Tomorrow is another day! Now time for a big dinner, an early bedtime and bring that energy level back to 100%!

A Beauty of a Track

Showed up very early at the course this morning after my day off and was able to get some great practicing in. Long game, short game, wedging and putting. From 7am till midday i was grinding it with my caddy Mark. Played 9 holes today as well and this track is simply a beauty. A few long holes mixed up with some short ones, some very high rough, elevated and fast greens and pure fairways. This week is going to be a great test. I don't expect low scoring out here the way the course is set up. 

12.50 tee time on Thursday. Another good day of practice tomorrow with a few holes and we will be ready to roll. 
PS: Another great thing about South Africa is it's food. I have had a few great lunches and dinners with Peter Uihlein, Ricardo Gouveia and Joel Stalter at some amazing meat restaurants. South Africans seem to know a thing or two about food!

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 OpenTopwin G&CC – Beijing – China
6-05-177-05-2017GolfSixesGreensomes. With Nicolas ColsaertsCenturion Club – St Albans – England

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R.G.C.B.

Royal Golf Club of Belgium

A Sporting initiative of the Belgian Communities and the Belgian Olympic Committee


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