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Saturday 23rd September 2017 05:54 CEST (GMT +02:00)Visit the Tournament’s Site.
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Early start this morning. Good greens, a tuned game (thanks Mich and Jérôme) and finally some flow on the course. This 64 is a nice reward after the work we putted in. Tom Detry will play behind me tomorrow, he's really playing solid golf and we will have a go to climb up the leaderboard.
Great climate, 100% sunshine and blue sky, Algarve is a dream! This Portugal Masters must stay in September, the players love it, superb food, kindness of the Portuguese people, what do you need more? A grilled chicken? Ok, that's for tonight, Marufo here I come.
Three Belgians at -2, let's see what tomorrow brings...
Beautiful weather here with a blue sky that you only see here in Portugal.
The Victoria course is now part of the Don Pedro hotel company and the Hotel en the couse belongs now to the Anantara chain. The course is in great shape and thanks to the weather there is some strong scoring...
Is this a stunt or what!!!
What a quality of tennis on Sunday! Congrats to all the players and the Captain, great Belgian Team, great Spirit for an incredible performance! Goffin and Darcis played nearly to perfection!
Final against France end of November... everything is possible!
Started when the storm began, and ended 5 holes later when it was unplayable! Quite unlucky...
This kind of weather is extreme, guys in the morning could play under par, for us in the afternoon, it was impossible...
Feel sorry for the spectators, patrons and promoters...
The KLM is maybe one of the best organized Tournament in Europe. I always feel sorry when the sun is not shining because they deserve a lot of spectators. Well done again Daan and Martijn, respect from all players!
The Dutch will be tough in this weather, and there is one issue not to be forgotten: the slopes on the greens. Don't underestimate their configuration, it's very slopy and the wind can have a tremendous influence on putts!
Yesterday was fun even if the storm blew all afternoon during the pro-am, but listening to all the amazing stories of Ruud Gullit has no prize. Ruud is a Legend, ok, but his passion and knowledge of sports is one of a kind. At certain moment I had the feeling that we were in a locker room during a half -time of an important match... Really inspiring, I will never forget your words Ruud!
Two of my partners, 2PM and KNAUF, have joined forces to organise their traditional Golf Day. Philippe Feller, and his parners, and Patrick Renard are the host of the day and Quentin d'Ursel is our organizing master. I hope that the coastal weather avoid umbrella's to open, hope to be lucky!
Great opportunity also to meet my good friend Léopold Lippens, so happy to hear his latest stories.
In fact my all team will be present here because we are on the eve of an important stretch of 5 tournaments in a row. Vince, Brian, Jérôme and Mich are here to fine tune the end end of the season.
Didn't want to leave Denmark like that, it's my great friends' event, Bjorn and Olesen, but I hurt myself from the warm up, never recovered and had to stop playing on 17, wrist injured. Hope it's only muscular. 2 weeks to heal before the KLM Open.
Wish the spectators, volunteers and promoters a great week-end of golf, they deserve it, it's an important week on the European Tour Schedule, see you next year!
And don't forget, it's the 500th of Thomas Bjorn!
This tournament is always a spectator success. Denmark as a golfing country is very successful in competition, from the junior national teams till the Tour (Bjorn, Olesen, Kjeldsen, Hansen, Bjerregaard, Jensen, ...). A great example to study.
Thomas Bjorn will play his 500th tournament this week, 15 wins in his career, what an achievement, for sure we will celebrate this.
Pro-am day today and tomorrow off at 13:00.
There is some change in environment between North Carolina and the Bavaria, from stroke play to match play, from Bermuda grass to Poa, ...
Lovely place here in Bad Griesbach, great hotel, beautiful Spa.
Tomorrow first match, I hope to do good, I like to play well when my good friend "Chipie" (Paul Lawrie) is organizing a tournament.
15 holes ok and 3 holes where I lost patience. Holes 18-1-2, 3 Drives in the rough where I paid 5 strokes to the course. My biggest ennemi is the slow play. Had to wait so long at the 18 and the 1st... It's part of the tournament but sincerely that's where I'm the weakest. Get back in my rhythm ask me so much energy, I like to have a pace in a round. Well playing at 2:15 on the afternoon will be a challenge of keeping my composure during the long waiting spaces on tees, par 3's and par 5's...
But the game is ok, let's capitalize on this during this Friday's round...
Head off to great friend Olesen, so solid round, well done Jacob!
Played a round with Thomas and Jérôme and the course will be serious test, it's long, tight and the rough is thick, the kind of rough that trap your ball in their green fingers. And when you're arrive on the green, you better pay attention.
Driving will be key. I was a little forcing with the body and Jérôme slowed me down. That's the difference between my training where I was driving like hell and the tournament... You're always tries to do more...
Ended 4th at the Charity longest drive between Dustin Johnson and Rory Mc Ilroy in good company I should say...
On the chipping green, Pete Cowen asked to be more creative, using different techniques for the same shots. By the sound of his voice, I understood that this would be a key element for me in the future...
Always making progress is my team moto and Jérôme came with new drills on the green, on visualization to practice for better line and better speed...
Heavy program since 10 days now, but this Quail Hollow course will dig deep in technical and physical ressources of each player. That's why it's a Major... The US PGA Championship!
By the way in 2019, because of TV rights competition in September (American Football) and Olympic games in August, the US PGA will move to May and the BMW PGA Championship to September. It's gonna take a lot of imagination to make the European Tour first semester calendar strong!
A classic of jet lag, awaken too early, gives me the chance to congratulate 2 champions:
- Nafissatou Thiam, World Champion in Heptathlon after her Golf Medal in Rio, what an outstanding performance...
- and Patrick Renard, winner of the Senior Internationals of Belgium, it's not everyday that one of my sponsors wins an international golf tournament, so all credit to you Patrick! (Patrick is CEO of Knauf Belgium).
With Billi boy, surname given by Brian to Jérôme in the States, we'll be early birds on the course today. Jérôme has strong putting program for me with all kind of exercises... Thomas Pieters will join us on the putting green later, he's also training with Billy boy since June on the putting.
On my way to Charlotte, with Jérôme Theunis! I'll be cheering for Thomas Pieters who's leading at the Bridgestone...
Swinging well after a good training with Mich Vanmeerbeek last week. The driving is tuned, much needed at Quail Hollow.
Always a good moment when the President of the PGA of America, Paul K. Levy, sends you a letter to be part of the 4th Major of the year. I'm really looking forward to.
I already played the course but they changed 4 holes and they changed the grass on greens (from Rye to Bermuda).
Heavy fitness program this week, technical training with Mich and Jerôme who will be in Charlotte with me.