Virginia Water, Surrey, United Kingdom - England
Current round: 3
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Wentworth, Wednesday 24 May
Rolex series, there we are! This is the European Tour Flagship Tournament, like The Players on The PGA Tour. The course has been reshaped, with 29 new bunkers and 18 new greens. It's a gem, or more precisely, finally it's a gem! Well done Paul McGinley, Ernie Els Design and the European Tour design!
The course is in prestine shape, a real PGA Championship! And everybody is here on behalf of Sergio.
The Village is wonderful and the weather is great.
All ingredients to make this first Rolex Series a real success!
Tomorrow start at 9:40 with two other long drivers: Alvaro Quiros and Dean Burmester...
Two good friends are organizing a golf tournament during our National days on 19-20 and 21 July in Marbella. Didier de Vooght, the Tournament Director, and Bernard Stas, the Organizer, have prepared 3 super days on great courses around Marbella. Fun is guaranteed with cocktails and Prize givings and a final party on a Beach in Marbella. For more info's: belgiannationaldays.be
Arrived tonight in Sicily, Tom Detry arrived earlier, looking forward to discover the 18 holes. They altered the holes from the last time I played here. But happy to be here, it's a great resort with 29 holes (+9 short ones) designed by Kyle Philips!
Lovely day with he clients of Knauf at Royal Sart Tilman. I love the atmosphere and spirit in Liège. This year KNAUF and 2PM joined their energy to share their number of invitees. This was one of the first great sunny day, so blessed.
Michel Vanmeerbeek commented the clinic as 30 juniors joined us, it was quite interesting!
By the way, the new club house terrace has been enlarged and it's a success.
On Thursday, I met the people from Rolex Belgium, always a nice meeting with CEO Arnaud Reverdin and PR Manager Mireille Puttevils and we were joined by AMB CEO Alexis Mannes and 2PM CEO Philippe Feller. Partners are so important for professional golfers, they are part of the team as we have such a loyal and faithful relationship since so many years and through thick and thin!
Friday, I will have the pleasure to play in Chantilly with the people of Knauf France, also a great old genuine course (1909) and also designed by the famous architect Tom Simpson.
Not qualified but we made a lot of birdies. The loss against Scotland was difficult to accept, as we were 2-2, their 2nd shot on the 6th went in the grandstand and came back to the green and they make an 8m putt to win the hole as our eagle attempt made 360 degrees. Hard to swallow!
Thailand putted like hell to beat us and we get our win against Spain! Really with one more putt against Thailand, like on the par 3 N°5, where my birdie attempt hesitated an eternity to refuse to drop in the hole, and we were in quarter final...
Superb partnership with Tom Detry, we can play together eyes closed as I know his strengths and he knows mine. We need a revenge here!
Next week, finally some golf in Belgium with my partner KNAUF!
Team Belgium, with Tom Detry, against tough competitors in our group: Thailand, Spain and Scotland..
A total new format, in 2 days, 6 holes, greensome, match play, innovations...
It's made to be fun for spectators and tv spectators,
Looking forward to!
65 good holes this week and I have already forgotten the 7 others!
Some great pictures from Morocco and China to be seen in The Gallery thanks to Philippe Gaudy and Fhon Nilsson!
And now straight to St Andrews to participate Tuesday at the Kings of Distance with Callaway Epic, then back to London to prepare the GolfSixes with Tom Detry: Go Belgium!
Under wind conditions, a triple is always tough to recover. Succeeded to stay in the top 20.
Tomorrow can be our day, Tom and myself, a good 4th round to quit China with a smile...
I think that on Hole 4 my ball moved, and I applied a one stroke penalty to be sure and on Hole 11, I lost a ball, so overall I could have scored better. It will be for tomorrow. Par for now.
I hope that tomorrow will be as quiet as today because in the afternoon it was blowing quite a bit...
Well done Tom Detry at -2.
Three rounds under par last week is good news as I'm somebody who needs to play a lot of rounds. Schenzen might be the start of the season.
The Volvo China is very special in my career and always will be. In 2011, Belgium had finally a win on the European Tour after waiting for a 35 years...
Great to share these 2 weeks with Tom Detry and share with him all my experience in China, each country has his keys to understand the environment and Tom is a player so eager to learn, it's important!
And next week, I will have the pleasure to play the GolfSixes at the Centurion Golf Classic to represent Belgium... Go Belgium @GOLFSIXESBEL
Tomorrow TV show for Callaway on the course at 11 AM.
I need to come here on this narrow course with much more edge in my game. I need to have more rounds under the belts... Too many off line shots have cost me million of bogeys... This course is a flat Valderrama, your swing is always under pressure... But no excuses... my time will come...
The good news of the week, is that I had a good roll on the green with my Odyssey Answer... Always great to have a love affair with a putter and certainly with an Answer model.
Today was a dayoff, so with Tom Detry we planned some good training on these great facilities, the grass is exceptionnal, and with a few Trackman Combine battle.
Tomorrow, I'll fly to China, long journey: Rabat - Casablanca - Dubai - Hong-Kong - Shenzen...
The course (Red Course) here in Dar Es Salam is great track, they lengthen a lot of holes and the grounds are fairly soft. Some holes are narrow and doglegged with eucalyptus trees and oak trees...
Pro-am day today, an occasion to make a last check of the course to define the strategy.
Tomorrow late start at 13.40 local time (9:50 on Friday) with Captain Thomas Bjorn and Marcel Siem, an experienced Three ball!
Tom Detry has an opposite tee-off at 8:10.
Great training week in Anahita Mauritius with Mich Vanmeerbeek. This is my home club and my second home. The facilities are perfect, from the golf to the fitness room... thanks Quentin for being my match play opponent this week, must be one of his golfing week in his life!
I'll be on the plane when Thomas, Sergio or Justin will wear the green jacket... Come on you guys...
So happy to finally retrieve a normal calendar on the European Tour, I need more playing opportunities in February and March on the European Tour!
Dar Es Salam is a great track, I hope it's in good shape. Delighted to see Tom Detry this week, we'll play together the Golf Sixes the first week of May.
Cheers to Thierry Neuville, Greg Van Avermaet and David Goffin for their win!
And what about the 2nd place of Thomas Pieters at Riviera!
Just a great performance,
Thomas is the most dangerous when he loves the course and he he does love Riviera... he won the NCAA on this same course, and bang, last week, he's raised the Belgian flag on the podium. Enormous...
I liked also the double 67 to enter in the draw of the ever surprising Tom Detry....
Come on Belgium...