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U.S. PGA Championship

Baltusrol G.C.
Springfield, NJ

28 - 31-Jul-2016

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USPGA Baltusrol GC New Jersey 4th Major

Springfield, Thursday 21 July 2016

Happy National day to all Belgians on earth!!! Have fun tonight!

The good news of the week is the invitation received from the USPGA to play the 4th Major of the year!

Leaving Sunday for New York and the Baltusrol course, an old style design, long, demanding track with fairways surrounded by big old gracious trees.

Great preparation for Rio!

The Open Royal Troon

Troon, Saturday 16 July 2016

Nearly a great round. Having to wait on hole 13 for 30 min for a ruling for S. Lee killed my mojo, rythm and momentum... But it's part of a Major tournament. too bad...

I was really cruising well -3 after 12, before the first bogey for a 3 putts from outside the green...

After that I had 2 more opportunities for birdies on 16 and 17 but didn't succeed to convert them...

Over all satisfied before the last round.

In the afternoon, participated at the SKY  sport TV coverage with Nick Dougherty and did an autograph session for 50 kids, together with Thomas P., it was fun to see all those happy faces!

Troon, Friday 15 July 2016

All my support to the families affected by the tragedy in Nice!

The golf was tough today but compared with what happens in the world, we need to take into consideration that life continues for us...

Once again the luck of the draw was for other players, I had storm and rain, a lot of rain...

It was a battle against the elements and the course, 2 bad swings were very costly, 1 unplayable ball and 1 O.B. but a great finish in style... I hope I'll be dry for tomorrow 18 holes...

2 Belgians at the start 2 Belgians at the finish, both in the same room at the hotel... Strong together!  Very few countries can say that... Be proud to Be Belgian!

Troon, Thursday 14 July 2016

A solid start and a weak finish, 3 "soso" swings and 4 strokes were added to my card. You can't afford that in a Major Tournament. So I'm frustrated right now and I need to wait quite a while before going on the course to play during the week-end. This golf 68 great shots and 3 bad ones...

They spell a lot of rain tomorrow... I hope the greens will keep their pace and that the rain won't affect too much their roll...

Troon, Wednesday 13 July 2016

With Thomas P. we played 18 holes on Tuesday with Adam Scott, and 17 more holes today. Ready for the battle.

The back nine will be a severe test, with he wind in the face, some of the holes are brutal... But it's a Major, and it's quite normal to have a demanding course.

The famous 8th, the Postage Stamp, proves if need be that par 3's don't require to be over 150 meters to be great. In my opinion there should be 2 par 3's under 150 meters on each course, short but interesting and fun to play!

You can have 4 season in a day here, mostly cloudy, windy and very fresh with some rain and even sunshine every now and then. Weather will play its role like usual, you just want to have the luck of the draw...

Troon, Monday 11 July 2016

A nice drive through the country and I arrive around midday at The Open.

Guess who's my room mate for the week?  Thomas Pieters of course... haha

On Friday just before 4:00 PM, this certainly the latest I ever started a round. I know that Tom Detry has a record much later in St Omer but this was not his normal schedule!

What a pleasure to be here, last time it was in 2004, my first Major, and I don't have great memories from this experience, so I have a revenge to take!

My good ol' reliable Vinnie will arrive on Wednesday for another chapter of our adventures...

Scottish Open Castle Stuart Aberdeen Asset Management

Inverness, Sunday 10 July 2016

30 on the back nine and there comes Troon on the program!

Quite proud of my game. From tee to green, this was a great round, let's continue this form next week during The Open. I played there my first Major in 2004, good memories...

Playing well since two months now, I need to make the best of it, Troon is on timing!

Thanks Thomas for your great Tweet, come on Belgium in Rio and on the World Cup ! Two Belgians in a Major, what a nice moment!

Top 30 R2D is in sight... (31rst for the moment).

Inverness, Saturday 9 July 2016

Great crowd here in Castle Stuart, very passionate also.

Interesting move on this Saturday, I will need a good start, a better one than Sunday in Paris! But I feel good through my game, will need one or two good breaks to have a low one!

Thanks for your support and the interacting on my blog...

Inverness, Monday 4 July 2016

Happy National Day to all Americans!

After a short night, I'll go for a quite first day here in Inverness. The week in France was very tiring and some rest is needed!

Beautiful course, a real links and we'll need to fine tune all trajectories during the preparation days.

Not too warm here and a drizzle, typical...

Open de France Alstom

Golf National, Sunday 3 July 2016

Not the start I wanted! Between 2 clubs on the 2nd, good for a wet shot! Then disturbed by a marshall in my swing and I was upset and 4 over par after only a few holes.

Not enough fairways, not enough greens but a great fight till the end!

Well done Tongchai Jaidee! Sawadikap man, you're a real champion with a the great names who couldn't beat you. Hats off...respect...

Great to play again with "Cicco" Molinari who is enjoying success on the PGA Tour. Always fine to see you again Francesco and Valentina...

And what about the Belgian Trio, 3 in the top 25. Rookie Detry had a wonderful week. Vince, Mich, Jerome, Thomas, everybody there to share this week as good as we can... Back on the Challenge Tour with even more confidence and ambition for Tom starting next week in Slovakia.

Tomorrow 5:00 AM ready for the next flight to Inverness. On the road again... Scottish Open on a golf course I like: Castle Stuart, here I come!

Golf National, Saturday 2 July 2016

A tough day today with that wind. One regret: one or two putts could drop on the back nine...

How nice it is to play a round with a gentleman like Anders Hansen! Who can tell, Anders is 46 years old when you look the scoreboard? This course is so demanding that experience is a major asset. Everybody will make mistakes with this kind of rough and wind, the winner will be the one who makes the fewest mistakes and holes some opportunities also!

Tomorrow a top 10 could mean a ticket to The Open, I'll take it with pleasure...

Golf National, Friday 1 July 2016

Belgians are cruising here at the Golf National, the 3 Musketeers in the top 20... but the road is still quite long...

Special mention for Tom Detry who played great golf to make his first cut on his his first European Tour played as a Professional! Waow!

It was great meeting Jean Garaialde tonight and remembering old memories of Flory Van Donck and Donald Swaelens...

The Belgian national Football team didn't play their best against Wales, the better team won...

Golf National, Thursday 30 June 2016

A kind of a "goût trop peu", after this round...

Played really well, but some putts shaved the hole and I'm at -1. I would need more birdies tomorrow... Looking at the scores it seemed that the afternoon was tougher to score.

Quite proud of our pair of Thomas! Pieters on top and Detry at +1. Come on Belgium...

Thanks Xavier Malisse for your visit, always inspiring! A lot of Belgians, to support us, we like that!

Come on Belgium against Wales!

BMW International Open Pülheim Germany

Gut Larchenof, Thursday 23 June 2016

Slow start, too many bogeys, Jerome was not happy of my green reading and we worked on it. A few errant tee shots also, I must confess...

Annual PGA Recognition award

Dusseldorf, Wednesday 22 June 2016

What an honor! Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of the PGA, invited me at their annual meeting to receive their recognition award. After Paul Mc Ginley, Monty, Sam Torrance, Bernard Gallacher, and others, I will receive my award in Glasgow in December in front of 700 fellow professionals, I'm thrilled...

With Jérôme here in Dusseldorf since Monday. After 2 weeks off, I need to go through the basics. I'm so lucky to have my coaching team, from driver to putter, 2 people, one voice, one vision! With Tom Detry working the same way, my guys are attracting a lot of interest, success call success.

By the way, how amazing is Tom Detry start on Tour? Playing better on Tour than on the amateur scene is a rare fact! Well done buddy... Another Callaway buddy also... Long drivers know why...

And what about receiving an opportunity to play the Open de France? Well done Thomas, welcome in Paris!

Callaway King of Distance in Köln

Köln, Tuesday 14 June 2016

Great fun in Germany for the Callaway Kings of Distance! Velderhof Golf Club in Pulheim was packed with golf fans, great crowd, quite interested in the Callaway equipment, and I was pleased to show them that these drivers were the best for long driving.