It's good to be back, Hong Kong! What a great track and city, love being here! After the Manila Masters, I spent the whole week in Dubai practicing, working out and getting ready for the two coming weeks. On top of that, I played the Majilis course at Emirates Golf Club, one of my favorite, and the new Trump International, impressive place!
Also my coach Mich was there because of Nico who was playing the Race at Jumeirah Golf Estate alongside TP! It was good to hang out with them as well!
Moving on, it's already the start of the 2018 European Tour season! Time to reset the rankings and get after it again! The game feels good, the head is clear and looking forward to finish 2017 off strongly before Christmas break!
PS: I did some cool filming this morning with the European Tour trying to recreate Rory McIlroy's shot on 18 when he won in a play off in 2008 ( https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fDiXgMfZ6eQ )! I managed to hit it to 8 feet but it did take me three tries to do it haha! Impressive how Rory was able to pull out a shot like that at that time in the tournament!
Stay tuned for the actual video!
Average first round followed by a decent second round! Safely through the weekend and ready to make something happen! I've really been struggling off the tee which makes it hard to get something going! The rough is thick and deep here and out of that Bermuda grass, there is absolutely no way to control the ball flight! Only one option, hitting fairways!
We did some light work after the round yesterday on the range! Widening up my back swing with the driver. I was getting long and narrow! With this Heath and humidity, we have to be careful to not over-practice and unnecessarily lose some crucial energy!
9.50am tee time today. Another hot and humid day... Let's stay hydrated and keep my energy levels high!
It's good to be back to competitive golf. After two weeks of break really looking forward to playing this week again. Knowing that it would have been really unlikely to play the Turkey Airlines Open and The Nedbank Championship (4th reserve on both) I decided to take my chances and ask for an invite for the Manila Masters, a top Asian Tour event. Thanks Excel Sports Management, Asian Tour and the tournament for the playing opportunity. This week will also be the perfect way to keep my game sharp for the Hong Kong Open and the Australian PGA in a few weeks, the first two events of the 2017-2018 season.
Moreover, end of the Fall in the Northern Hemisphere means almost Summer down in the Southern Hemisphere. In other words, we are frying on the golf course especially with this level of humidity close to 100%. Safe to say staying hydrated and keeping my energy levels high will be a priority this week!
As far as the course is concerned, it is a great track and Nicklaus design. Lots of risk-reward shots, small greens and great bunkering off the tee and around the greens too with thick bermuda rough! Keeping the ball on the fairway will be key and makes the course very getable. I am looking forward to get this week going tomorrow.
Off at 6.30am tomorrow morning. Let's rise and shine!
PS: I'm sure most of you were bouncing of your couches last Sunday! Well, I was anyways... So much fun watching Nico playing fantastic golf down the final stretch in Turkey. Pretty inspiring stuff!
This season has finally come to an end ladies and gents finishing at the 85th place on the Race to Dubai. Unfortunately falling a few points short of making it to the final series in Turkey, South Africa and Dubai. So easy to blame myself for all those little wasted shots out there that could have made the difference and get me inside the top 60 on the R2D. But this game is hard...
Overall, I've had an amazing first year (and a half) as a professional golfer. Coming out of college, I think that I would have signed right away to be where I am right now. Two podiums, inches from grabbing a first W, some great golf and most importantly, a lot of lessons learned to come back even stronger next year. Moreover, I've realized how much better I can still become and this makes me very excited for the numerous years to come!
I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this amazing year. First of all, my two coaches Mich and Jerome and all my sponsors that helped me get this season going. Also team Excel obviously (Sarah, Lance and Macca), on top of being a kick-ass team, always there to find the right travel options, tournament invites, sponsors and advice! Can't forget the University of Illinois for all they've done for me during those 4 years on the other side of the pond, I owe them quite a bit. And last but not least, all the fans out there who were there throughout the whole season whether it was windy, cold and rainy! Thank You!
Moving on, I'm currently in Belgium working out hard with Richard (Mich's son) and practicing with Jerome and Mich preparing my next event. As a matter of fact, I took last week completely off from golf, which was much needed and spent some great time with friends and family. Definitely the best way to recharge the batteries!
As far as my schedule is concerned, I received an Asian Tour invite for the Manila Masters in two weeks. I'll be playing that, then take a week off practicing in Dubai in order to prepare for the UBS Hong Kong Open and the Australian PGA the week after!
A couple of fun weeks ahead and very excited to play!
Stay tuned for some Asia Pacific updates!
Hello world, it's been a long time and I apologize to everyone for the lack of news! Anyways, it's been a weird two weeks in Scotland and Italy. I've been ill the whole week in Scotland and tried to fight through it during the Dunhill Links. Didn't really work. Moreover, last week in Milan was a great week! It was an awesome venue at the Parco di Monza and a great event. Unfortunately, I fell one man short of playing the weekend just like at the Scottish Open. Another low cut (-4), and this clearly shows how good the overall level is.
Time now to forget about these last two weeks and play some solid golf on this amazing track, Valderrama! A perfect theatre for a final show.
It's a tough week for a lot of people out here. Some trying to keep their jobs for next year, others on a mission to get to Dubai and last but not least, most of us trying to survive on this daunting golf course.
Valderrama is an amazing golf course and a real test of golf. Very excited to get this week started and get after it!
PS: Looking forward to have a lot of Belgian fans out there. See you all at 2.45pm!
The three Belgians playing the same event and all three through the cut as well. Nothing like representing the Belgian colors out here. On top of that, what an amazing venue we've got this week! The Algarve is simply amazing at this time of the year. No humidity, perfect temperatures, no clouds and just a fine breeze!
Moreover, very pleased with the way I played these first two days. I managed to make a few more putts yesterday afternoon and find that momentum which was key. Also very helpful to be surrounded by my coaches this week, Jérôme Theunis and Michel Vanmeerbeek. We did some small tweaks on the swing and putting that were needed. If my math is correct, I believe I'm averaging one bogey a round for my last five rounds! I quite like it that way and let's try to bring that average even lower!
Last but not least, weather conditions will be very similar again for the weekend so scoring should quite low! Very excited to get after it this weekend!
Interesting first two days out here. A horrible +4 for the first round followed by a great bogey free -5 yesterday afternoon. Pleased with my game and the way I handled the situation. Also great to have my coach Mich out here, and had a great little chat with him between my two rounds.
For those of you who don't know what happened, the afternoon-wave on Thursday had to play in horrific weather conditions with winds up to 50 km/h, cold temperatures and horizontal rain. Just to give you an idea, on the par-3 8th from only 136m away, I had to hit a 4-iron to barely reach to front edge of the green. I managed to stay +2 through 7 holes before they blew the horn and had to finish the round yesterday morning. 45 minutes after the first round ended, off I went again for the second eighteen. A great round of 5-under, 29 holes in a day and safely through the cut. Safe to say I was in bed by 8.30pm last night.
Looking forward to a great weekend here at the KLM Open with a lot of red following me! Let's have fun!
A fun week in Crans but not really the result I was hoping for. Although I played some quality golf during the first two days, I was never able to get some momentum and go low. As a matter of fact, I kept making clumsy mistakes that cost me a lot of shots even just around the greens or with a wedge in my hand. However, this is exactly what this course does to you! Narrow, firm and slopy greens with messy rough around them! If you aren't sharp within 100m of the hole out there, you can just bogey the course to death!
Anyways, I decided to stay the weekend in Crans and enjoy that beautiful place! The Swiss alps offer pretty much everything. It's the perfect place to clear your mind, do a lot of sport and eat well!
Last but not least, I flew back last night to Brussels and I will spend the next two days here catching up with friends and family and do some work with my coach Jerome Theunis before the KLM Open!
Stay tuned for more and I hope to see a lot of red out on Thursday and Friday to support Nico and myself at the KLM Open!
Solid first two days of golf for the Czech masters here in Prague. It's been a weird two days with thunderstorms, wind and rain for half of the field and (almost) perfect conditions for the other half. Unfortunately TP and I were playing during these rough conditions and managed to put a decent under-par score up.
I've been to Prague before but never had the chance to play the Albatross Course, a fantastic track!
The course has been set up pretty hard for us. Firm greens, thick rough and obviously very wet because of the rain, so it is definitely playing long. Moreover, the third round will be played his afternoon. Let's get after it, the weekend is all ours!
PS: very much enjoying Prague this week. Always fun to stay in a cool city like that with plenty of dinner options, fun walks and beautiful architecture! It definitely makes the weeks go by much faster.
Up and down day but overall happy with my game! I really feel like it's going towards the right direction! A T14 and a few more points on the R2D ranking! Things are going well!
I must say that I still have some mixed feelings about today being -5 after 8 holes. Those two vicious lip outs on 9 and 10 really killed me! Two great puts that didn't go in at that point in the tournament are hard to swallow! Anyways. I just see this week as another experience to learn from.
Moving on, the Made in Denmark event is just amazing! Fantastic crowds, a great organization and an awesome venue! I'm definitely coming back next year!
On to Prague now! Another fun week ahead In a great city! Let's keep that momentum going!
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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|23-11-17||26-11-2017||UBS Hong Kong Open||Hong Kong GC – Fanling – Hong Kong|
|30-11-17||3-12-2017||Australian PGA Ch'ip||RACV Royal Pines Resort – Gold Coast, Queensland – Australia|
|11-01-18||14-01-2018||BMW SA Open Ch'ip hosted by City of Ekurhuleni||Glendower GC – Gauteng – South Africa|
|18-01-18||21-01-2018||Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Ch'ip||Abu Dhabi G.C. – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates|
|25-01-18||28-01-2018||Omega Dubai Desert Classic||Emirates G.C. – Dubai – United Arab Emirates|
|1-02-18||4-02-2018||Maybank Ch'ip Malaysia||Saujana G&CC – Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia|
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