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Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Ch'ship

Abu Dhabi G.C.
Abu Dhabi

19 - 22-Jan-2017

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Brillant Thomas Detry opens his season with a podium

Brussels, Sunday 4 December 2016

Thomas Detry offers me the best Santa Claus gift he could! This 3rd place on his own is a strong statement. Next year's card will be well over the 300.000 euros because of the Rolex series and the restriction of a Tour card for the Top 100 instead of Top 110. As we don't still know how Access list will evolve, top 5 will be needed to gain enough points for the Race 2 Dubai. That's exactly what Tom did. All credit to him... Chapeau pey!

We also organized this week-end organized a junior training camp in Hulencourt and The National with Mich, Jérôme and Vincent, pursuing our quest to help young players to play at their best. Tom was part of that a few years ago and he trained with us as much as we could. I'm a great believer on that process and will continue to do so with my team... Because of our reputation outside Belgium, we have helped since 3 years now a french junior, he's now a member of his National Team, and he's only 15 coming for week-ends from Grenoble... Motivation and dedication are irreplaceable in sport!

Thanks to Blaise Erpicum for your help to our coaching team...

Pictures Philippe Gaudy Gallery - Training Camp December

ISPS World Cup of Golf Kingston Heath Golf Club

Melbourne, Saturday 25 November 2016

Tomorrow will be the last round of this 2016 season, Thomas and myself we lust admit that we are too tired to play for the win, but nevertheless don't count us out for a great round on Sunday!

Come on Belgium!

Melbourne, Thursday 24 November 2016

I love Australia, love this Golfcourse, love to play for my country, love to play with Thomas Pieters and I'm in love with an Australian beautiful woman... Do I need more reasons to be happy to play this wonderful tournament in cold and windy Melbourne?

Last time I played the World Cup, it was with Jérôme Theunis, now he's my coach... This time, it's with a Ryder Cup player, one of the European hero of Hazeltine: Thomas PIETERS.

10th for now, but we have enough game to climb up the ranking...

Let's go Belgium...

DP World Duabi Final Final Series

Jumeirah, Saturday 19 November 2016

A roller coaster day... with eagles, birdies and bogeys... A great long game, but still 4 shots given to the course... The greens are extremely fast and when you're not in the right pocket on the greens, you're in 3 putts zone...

Really tired because due to fog this morning we had 50 minutes delay. The referees were after us like hell to be sure that everybody could finish... this asked so much concentration in that humid warmth that I was drained after 18 holes... and a great eagle at the 18th, the highest 4 iron that I could do to stop the ball on the green...

In good position, let's see what tomorrow brings...

Jumeirah, Friday 18 November 2016

A good round of long game but a cold putting... My two first putts didn't fall, and I didn't find the good speed, greens were faster than yesterday morning. Molinari had a good Mojo today, he likes the course and had a great feeling on greens.

Two more days to climb that scoreboard under a generous sun... The warmest final in Dubai as i can remember...

Jumeirah, Thursday 17 November 2016

Maybe one of best display of shots this year. Could have been lower with birdies opportunities on 11-12-13-14 and 17... but overall I'm quite pleased with my game.

This Earth course suits my game, much more than the 2 previous courses of the Final Series. This is a course when great driving can help your scoring, that's why Rory and Stenson do always well here... And the course needs also high trajectories to fly over deep bunkers to find small pockets on greens. This is the secret of Greg Norman, the golf architect, here at the Earth Course, he splits the greens in different pockets so, to have a birdie opportunities, you need to find the right pocket (where the flag is) and then read the proper break on those fast greens...

Tomorrow 12:40 with Cicco Molinari, one of the finest gentleman on Tour ... Great day for the family where Dodo Molinari won his card back on Tour through the very demanding Qschool Final (6rounds) in PGA Catalunya!

And what a round for Riccardo Gonzalez 64 (-8) on the last day, under the most pressure, to secure his card.

Congrats to the top 25...

Jumeirah, Wednesday 16 November 2016

Great week here in Dubai, this is the final tournament of the season,

Yesterday we had the Rolex Pro-Am with a nice team and today a serious practice day with Mich Vanmeerbeek and Pete Cowen together with Thomas Pieters. We will be fine tuned for next week tournament: the World Cup in Melbourne. Thanks Mark Gregson for using the Jumeirah Performance Center.

But first the huge Earth course to tackle during 4 rounds. I play tomorrow at 9:35 with Alejandro Canizares.

It's quite hot here in Dubai, it('s good to play in 2 balls to move faster!

And what about the Mannequin we did together.. Funny, no?

Turkish Airlines Open

Regnum Carya Golf, Friday 4 November 2016

Well, one stroke better but I'll need more birdies this week-end, the greens are tricky with the grain and treacherous lines...

Optimistic for Tom Detry, he will play well tomorrow, his game is coming back, good feeling.

Regnum Carya Golf, Thursday 3 November 2016

Slow start and and 3 birdies in a row to be in the middle of the pack.

I must admit that I find it visually difficult to evaluate the distance to the green. Even with the figures calculated by Brian, you need that the eye and the brain agree the distances data... I'm not comfortable...

Hoping for more birdies tomorrow...

By the way, Regnum would be a great site for golfcamps...

Regnum Carya Golf, Wednesday 2 November 2016

New course, new hotel... always nice to discover new horizons.

Great resort here for a great tournament part of the Final series!

The course is pleasant, I find it only difficult to see the distances as there are a lot of shadows...

My best wishes for Tom Detry in Oman, tough first day but everything is still possible!

Tomorrow 10.50 from the first tee.

Portugal Open Oceanico Golf Course Vilamoura

Vilamoura, Sunday 23 October 2016

Battled all day, couldn't find the momentum and the 18th punished me! That's sport...

One week of rest and fitness to prepare the final leg!

Vilamoura, Saturday 22 October 2016

Finally a good 63 to get me into contention after a sloppy back nine on Friday.

I'll need a good roll again to hope for a podium,

Great 6th place for Tom Detry in China, getting closer...

Head off for the players around 110th place this week that are playing well, a lot of tension on their shoulders, all credit to them...

Congrats also for Anders Hansen, coming back on Tour with such a competitive level!

One more round...

Vilamoura, Wednesday 19 October 2016

I know that my schedule is too busy, I know I'm pretty tired but I love my job and I love all those tournaments in Europe and specially on the continent.

Portugal is not an exception. So many good memories playing here, also training in winter times, that I can't stay home when Algarve is calling! I played 60 here a few years ago and it was one of my best round in my career on a regular tournament. And it's the 10th Anniversary of this tournament here! No I won't stay home, I'm here to work and to enjoy the weather, the food and the Oceanico Arnold Palmer course! Yes The late Arnie designed it here and it pretty suits my game. Rest and a strong fitness program is on the schedule for next week (thanks Rich Vanmeerbeek) in order to prepare the next four last tournament of the season including the World Cup in Australia with Thomas Pieters. That's gonna be something!!!

This week is so important for many players around the 110th place, so much at stake for them... Good luck to all of you...

British Masters at The Grove

The Grove, Sunday 16 October 2016

I'll need some rest after Portugal, too many tournaments since Augustus...

But Portugal is a great country and the surroundings of Vilamoura are really pleasant..

And I always love to rediscover the food there, that's a real asset for the European Tour, that diversity and the quality of places we are going to play...

The Grove, Saturday 15 October 2016

A day off, no energy, no sensation, a ghost-like feeling, a day to to forget.. hoping I don't get sick...

The Grove, Friday 14 October 2016

Clean sheet but there were more birdies out there,

In the hunt, we never know...

Pleased to play the 3rd round with my good friend Paul McGinley!

On Monday we'll have more news about the Turkish Open, doesn't smell great... in any case this change all the strategy for the end of the Race to Dubai...

The Grove, Wednesday 12 October 2016

Great to play around London, always a good crowd and a splendid course, parkland, that I discovered a few years ago with my partner Tom De Raedt (GolfFinch).

Tomorrow morning, it will be cold and humid, but we know those autumn feelings.

A good finish here this week can change my schedule.

Thank you for your message on my website, always nice to read.

DUNHILL LINKS Trophy St Andrews

Personal Statement - St Andrew's, Sunday 9 October 2016

It was an exciting Ryder Cup and I was glad to see my close friend Thomas Pieters do so well.  Thomas really enjoyed the spirited competition that characterizes Ryder Cup play and especially the fans.  He described 99% of the fans as being polite and respectful and the other 1% as over enthusiastic as any home town crowd can be at some of our football matches.  The intensity of the competition did not spill over to relations between the players, who were so focused on their own play and the competition, that they would frequently congratulate each other after some of their better shots.

Sadly, I had a bad experience with a journalist taking words out of context and misunderstanding my remarks.. I am confident that Thomas can achieve success on any level in golf and he will succeed on the PGA tour once he starts playing on a more regular basis.  It is always a challenge to live and work in a different environment, but that will be much easier for Thomas as he went to the University of Illinois and played college golf there and had great success and a special relationship under the well respected coach at Illinois, Mike Small.

I am happy for Thomas, and our friendship is much stronger than any competitive spirit between us.  He is a dear friend of mine, and I am very proud and happy of his accomplishments.  I deeply regret that my remarks were taken out of context, and I am excited to watch the future that Thomas will create both in his career and on the PGA tour in the upcoming year.

St Andrew's, Friday 7 October 2016

Still under par with my partner Lothar Knauf, could have been more under par... What a pleasure to play the course, I just need a momentum  to go lower...

I gave a little bogey on 17, the famous Road hole, one of the toughest hole in Scotland.

One more round in pro-am style before the cut...

St Andrew's, Thursday 6 October 2016

Played Kingsbarns in cold circumstances with my week's partner Lothar Knauf! We did well as a team if Lothar needs to forgive me 2 bad drives on 18 and 9, very costly, at least 3 strokes lost there.

The atmosphere here is always so genuine, I love St Andrews. Staying with Ryder Cup hero Thomas Pieters and vice Captain Thomas Bjorn in a house near the golf course, we enjoy to be in the Spirit of this place a few hundreds yards from Swilken Bridge the R&A and the Museum!

Two more rounds with my partner Lothar and we are playing the famous Old Course, really, really looking forward to, because it's one of my favorite course not far from being my n°1...

Thanks The 2 Thomasses for all the stories behind the scene in Hazeltine... reminds me great memories...

My Goal: Paris 2018

Come on Europe!