Great to be back on the tracks and in South Africa after a fantastic Christmas break spent with friends and family. I must say that there is nothing like that competitive feeling and adrenaline when I'm on the golf course.
Game is in very good shape after an intensive practice week in Dubai last week with Mich. If I can find some momentum on these greens, watch out for the weekend!
Full power for my last two rounds!
That's a wrap for 2016! A disappointing finish here in Hong Kong falling just one short of the cut line and only 3 players behind the 65th position. Game felt great the last two days but I just wasn't able to convert all my birdie opportunities and made a few enforced errors on Thursday. That's enough for a MC out here on the European Tour.
All in all, very pleased with this 2016 season. I can still hardly believe I got my Tour Card in less than 6 months and carded a top 3 on my first event as a member. However, I have got feeling that 2017 will be even better though!
Have a great Christmas Break and see you in January.
Well... Does it get any better than this? First event as a member and first top 3! Extremely pleased with the way I played today and the whole week. Swing, short game and putting are on point and the game feels good! What a difference between this week and a month ago in Oman. This just shows me how important mental freshness is and that scheduling the calendar the right way to avoid 5 or 6 week stretches will be key.
Let's keep this thing rolling.
On my way to Hong Kong and very much looking forward to another good week before the Christmas break. I will fly straight from Hong Kong to Singapore to visit one of my best friend with his brother before gradins back to the home land.
Life is good right now and let's keep it this way!! :)
After a few weeks away from the competitive world, it is more than time to start this season as a European Tour member. I was lucky enough to spend these last two weeks in the south of Portugal (Quinta do Lago and Monte Rei) and Dubai at the Jumeirah Golf Estate where the final event of the race to Dubai is being played. Two amazing places to practice, escape the Belgian weather and make some equipment changes. As a matter of fact, I changed from the Titleist ball to the Callaway Chrome Soft +. Also, more importantly, I put the brand new Callaway blades in the bag. I can tell you want thing so far... I've made a lot of jealous people. The new Callaway blades are simply superb. A few months of patience and you will be able to get them!!
Moving on to this week in South Africa, it is my first time in this country and my first impressions have been fantastic. Leopard Creek Country Club is just an amazing place edging the National Kruger Park with stunning views and a challenging track. If you are ever in the Johannesburg area, this course is a must play!
Also massive congrats to my two fellow countrymen for their brilliant season. They can now enjoy some well deserved rest. However, I must say that I am very much looking forward to see them out here on tour with me and make this Belgian flag a little bigger!
Let's do this and stay tuned for more...
To all my fans, I would like to apologize for the lack of communication these last two weeks and thank them for their patience. As you might have noticed, the last two weeks have been as intense as it gets. After two quality weeks in China I started to feel some mental and physical fatigue from the end of the season. Looking back at it, I realized that I have been playing a massive amount of competitive golf starting last February in the US followed by a quick turn around in June when I turned pro along with an intense end of the season.
I am sure most of you followed everything live on Saturday, I must say that the two hours following my final round was one of the most nervous wait I have ever experienced. Everyone around me was trying to figure out the possible outcomes with the points that would have affected the ranking... And the worst part of it, was that we had absolutely no control on the outcome. Beside sit and wait, there was literally nothing we could have done.
All in all, it was mission accomplished: Four months after I turned pro, I've earned my tour card.
Moving forward, I have a few well deserved weeks of rest ahead of me. As a matter of fact, I am very much looking forward to catch up with friends and family this week, it has been over a month!!!! Also going down to Portugal next week with my lovely mom: Escaping the Belgian winter, working out, practice and enjoying the beautiful weather. Also for whoever is interested, planning on doing some cool equipment changes down there. Callaway just came out with a brand new set of blades and a new prototype ball! That week will be perfect to fine-tune all that and get ready for the upcoming events in December. In this respect, I will be playing the first two events of the season in South Africa (Leopard Creek) and the Hong Kong Open the week before the Christmas break.
Last but not least, it is going to be a fun season ahead of us. I CANNOT WAIT to join my big brother Pieters and Daddy Colsaerts on Tour! They have been great supporting me along the way even through my tougher weeks.
Let's support Pieters and Colsaerts now for their last two events of the regular season and don't forget to practice even if it's cold. Bad weather doesn't kill you but only makes you stronger!
A positive second round here at Foshan puts me in the hunt for the weekend. Although we still had to deal with heavy wind gusts and some light rain, we were lucky enough to barely miss the second typhoon that was heading right towards us. I must say that I've never seen so much rain in such a short amount of time. This even beats Belgium ;)!
Moving on, as far as the venue is concerned, Foshan Golf Club and the whole tournament organization has been unbelievable so far. Going from course quality and facilities to the overall event organization, it's has simply been European Tour quality! No wonder that this event has been considered as the best event of the year by far! Great job Challenge Tour and the Foshan Open!
Last but not least, very excited to play another weekend and make a move! The game feels great and if the putter gets hot... Watch out :)!
First stop: Sanya, Hainan
Here I am on the other side of the world starting the final stretch on the Challenge Tour. It's been a long journey to get to here with long flights and delays. Anyway, my golf clubs and I safely made it to the hotel room and are ready for four good weeks of golf.
The golf course here in Sanya, Hainan is in great shape with some great bunkering, slopy greens and risk-reward shots. Always fun to play on such demanding golf courses. Moreover, the grass here is a combination of zoysia rough and fairways and bermuda greens. For those of you who don't know that type of grass, bermuda is extremely grainy on the greens and zoysia makes chipping and shots out of the rough a lot more difficult to control. At least for us, Western-Europeans used to playing on bent grass all year long...
Although the conditions here are different than at home, it reminds me a lot of Florida golfcourses. US college golf taught me how to play on that type of grass and what technique to use on these particular shots. Thank you again Illinois!!!
Last but not least, the weather forecast doesn't look to good for the two coming days. We are expecting a cyclone for these next two days with wind gusts blowing up to 35 mph and high chances of heavy rain. Let's cross our fingers and hope for some better weather.
Pumped to get this thing going and stay tuned for more!
Another positive week here in Almaty for the Kazakhstan open on the Challenge Tour. Sneaking in that Top 10 after a great final round of 69 was very satisfying. For those of you who were wondering why the scores were shockingly high yesterday compared to the rest of the week: pouring rain all day, some heavy and wet rough, cold wind, and temperatures not exceeding 7 degrees Celsius. Autumn is coming ladies and gents, get your handwarmers out!
Furthermore, very happy with the progress so far! We are sticking to our initial plan with our main focus on the Challenge Tour and taking advantage of the weeks off with quality practice sessions, workouts to stay strong and healthy, and rest! Staying as healthy and mentally fresh as possible for the last four events in Asia and the Middle East will be the key.
On the other hand, what a display of magic and maturity did we see these last three days in Minneapolis. My big brother was simply stunning, never showing a sign of weakness and proving to the entire world that he is ready and now part of the leading world of golf. Although that was a tough loss to swallow for all of us, I'm still so proud of what he's doing and what an inspiration for me and everyone else.
Rendez-vous in Paris 2018... With three Belgians? I believe in it!
Stay tuned for further updates and hit it straight!
After a good week of rest practice, very excited to tee it up tomorrow at 1.50pm at 2016 KLM Open. This year's venue, The Dutch, has been a surprise for everyone! A very challenging manicured golf-course with some great bunkering and slopy greens. It's going to be a great week here in the Netherlands.
Also looking forward to see a Belgian army this week to support the three other Belgians in the field. Let's make the most out of this beautiful event! Go Belgium!
Btw I think we've got the picture shot of the week! The whole crew reunited! Photo credit goes to Vincent!
Welllll.... Not so sure how I should start this! Anyways, what a week this has been! All starting with my big brother's (TP) 62 on Thursday followed by my record breaking 60 (FYI I did hit only 59 shots since I had to take a penalty shot for hitting my driver in the water over the 6th green).
Moving on, TP and I both faced some long delays during the weekend due to some poor weather conditions. A 4.45am wake-up call on the Sunday morning to finish my third round followed by the last round only an hour after the third round with a four shot lead.
TP faced some serious delays as well leading to a similar finishing time as mine.
My fourth round started of strong with a birdie and a par. However, an uncharacteristic mistake on the third led to a double bogey reducing my lead to only three shots. Although, very proud of how I reacted after that double with a streak of birdies and a final round of 63 to capture my first professional win by 12!!! The cherry on top came right when I got off the course and were told that TP made a 4 footer to win and capture a very likely wildcard for the Ryder Cup! So proud and happy for him, he deserves it! What a great example for myself and for all the other young golfers in Belgium! True inspiration!
Plan for the rest of the week: Rest, workout, practice, eat some good food, catch up with family and friends, and last but not least get ready for next week's KLM Open.
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: Mark Mazo
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|1-12-16||4-12-2016||Alfred Dunhill Ch'ip||Rounds: 69 71 67 68 ⦿ To Par: -13 ⦿ Pos.: 3||Leopard Creek CC – Malelane – South Africa|
|8-12-16||11-12-2016||UBS Hong Kong Open||Rounds: 73 68 ⦿ To Par: +1 ⦿ Pos.: T69 Missed Cut||Hong Kong GC – Fanling – Hong Kong|
|12-01-17||15-01-2017||BMW SA Open Ch'ip hosted by City of Ekurhuleni||Rounds: 72 71 69 71 ⦿ To Par: -5 ⦿ Pos.: T40||Glendower GC – Gauteng – South Africa|
|19-01-17||22-01-2017||Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Ch'ip||Do not participate||Abu Dhabi G.C. – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates|
|26-01-17||29-01-2017||Commercial Qatar Masters||To be confirmed||Doha G.C. – Doha – Qatar|
|2-02-17||5-02-2017||Omega Dubai Desert Classic||To be confirmed||Emirates G.C. – Dubai – United Arab Emirates|
|9-02-17||12-02-2017||Maybank Ch'ip Malaysia||Do not participate||Royal Selangor GC – Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia|
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