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Turkish Airlines Open

Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort

03 - 06-Nov-2016

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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!

European Open By Porsche

Bad Griesbach, Sunday 25 September 2016

I gave it a go to go as low as possible, unlucky after the eagle, but -5 is what I get. Ended 13th... It was a very tiring tournament for the green keepers, the volunteers and all staffs present at Bad Griesbach, so I want to cheer all people involved this week!  We saved 54 holes... and the the champion of those strange week is of course ... Alex. He had to fight this time with Ross who was a great opponent, great finish, well done Alex!

And what about Rory, finishing in style winning two of the 4 tournaments of the the FedexCup, and winning the overall ranking. What a rebound after a low at Baltusrol when we last met... be the leader at Hazeltine!

All my energy goes now to the European team and specially to Thomas Pieters. I have just one thing to say: "you deserve your place in the team, Thomas, you're fully a member of the European Team, play your best and the rest will be history whatever the outcome! Come on Europe, and come on Belgium!

Bad Griesbach, Saturday 24 September 2016

Alex is the king of bad weather shortened tournament! It's gonna be 54 holes this time, I need to give it a go!

Bad Griesbach, Thursday 22 September 2016

Give me a normal tournament please, it isn't easy for players. Fog, heavy rain, you need some luck to get your momentum going. Alex Levy was one of them! So is Bernd...

I'll need some scoring today because the first round at night with no light to play was costly with two bogeys...

Italian Open

Monza, Sunday 18 September 2016

Disappointing Sunday for a disappointing week in Italy.

Off to Bad Griesbach where I would like to do well. I love this place. A nice month on the Continent on the European Tour...

Monza, Saturday 17 September 2016

Another wrong side of the draw with 36 holes today... three scores in the sixties but not enough birdies... I had chances between 15 and 18 feet but didn't make enough of them...

Will need a lower score on Sunday to climb in the ranking...

Monza, Thursday 15 September 2016

A chaotic day in Monza with heavy rain and thunderstorms but after a slow start with 2 bogeys, I succeed to end in red figures...

Great field for this tournament, 2 weeks before the Ryder Cup...

2PM Invitational Royal Zoute

Knokke, Monday 12 September 2016

What a beautiful day in Royal Zoute with partner 2PM and their clients. We had also the pleasure to welcome Alexandre Gelle from Anahita Properties and Paul Van den Heuvel with his famous Gin Gaugin!

2Pm and myself have a strong partnership and it's always a pleasure to share a day of golf together,

Played a few holes with Léo Lippens, I loved his humor but he didn't like my length on some drives on hard fairways.

I love the brown fairways, it's like playing on a scottish or irish links in the summer. The colors are beautiful and it's so pleasant to play from an hardpan. Really spirit, thanks Mark (greenkeeper).

Short night and early bird to Italy on Tuesday!

KLM Open The Dutch

The Dutch, Friday 9 September 2016

Daan Slooter from the lovely promotor of KLM Open is blessed, unbelievable weather and Joost is putting like hell...

At the other hand, and Daan likes it also, Belgium showed his red army of supporters, great to have all that support, thanks sincerely for that, so much fun to have you around us.

Thomas Detry told me that he had a cold putter day. Those things happen, just concentrate now on your task Tom, that's your real objective of the year. The Red Army wants you next year on the European Tour!

The Dutch, Tuesday 6 September 2016

New course for this traditional Open on the calendar, the closest from our place.

It's great for Holland Golf to have the opportunity to host a tournament on the European Tour,

Long day with 9 holes at 8:00 with the 2 Thomas and young Alan. Four Belgians on Tour, not everyday!

Mich and Jerome are here for all the fine tunings.

Course is modern, long with plenty of water hazards... 18 holes pro-am tomorrow to know more about this course...