# Id Date Content Title
1 313 27-Nov-2017

Mauritius, Monday 27 November 2017

This is the first tournament of season '18 and the last of year '17.

I feel home in Mauritius and after a few days at Anahita, I feel that time flies too quickly!

I don't quite know this Telfair destination and the Bel Ombre course, but the place seems amazing, great views on the lagoon... inspiring.

Feel sorry for the White Devils in Lille but sport can be hard, one thing for sure they scared France!

For his part Tom Detry had a go in Hong Kong, great display Dude... and 318,5 yards off the tee, welcome to the Bombers world.


AfrAsia Mauritius Open
2 312 21-Nov-2017

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Always difficult to judge a year. I could have finished in beauty but overall my game during the Rolex Series was ok. Nowadays you need to do top 5's in big tournament, that's what I did in Wentworth and Turkey. That's what Thomas Pieters did at the Masters and Tom Detry in Germany. Great year for them too. In sport everybody should concentrate on what you performed instead of what the hopes were! And I'm proud of my 2 mates and what we did for the Belgian flag in 2017.

For Belgian golf, these results are exceptional. The tree of us in the Top 100 of R2D!

Of course I also need to salute the performances of Tommy Fleetwood, N°1 of the R2D, and Jon Rahm for his victory in Dubai. Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia, two of the generation of 1980, were brillant, so were Ross Fisher, also from 1980, and also Tyrrell Hatton through the year.

Next season starts next week in Mauritius but 2018 will be excited with the Rolex Series and the new Belgian Open: the Belgian Knock out in May!

2018 will have other surprises in my private life with a baby in February... Quite a program!


Week-off before Mauritius open
3 311 14-Nov-2017

Jumeirah, Sunday 19 November 2017

Well, I shaved too many holes today to have any momentum. Pretty tired, last week drained me.

I need to come stronger next season. A lot will change for me, a wedding and a baby are the new features in my life for 2018. That's what important for me just now.

Honestly, I need to thank warmly all my team around me and everybody who helped and cheered for me. One thing is for sure, I have a lot of good years of golf ahead of me and I'm looking forward to all those challenges.

Jumeirah, Saturday 18 November 2017

Not a good round. Double punition with a wake up call at 4:45 on Sunday!

Let's see what I can make on Sunday...

Jumeirah, Friday 17 November 2017

One of the most frustrating day in my career. After 9 birdie opportunities after so many holes, the first birdie came only on 10 just before a very slight mistake costs me a bogey! The frustration was to hard to slick and the next few holes were a nightmare... But what I need to remember is that on the first 9 I was playing all flags and what I need to forget is that the ball refused each time to drop... Tonight's job!

Regroup tonight with Mich and Vinnie to try to forget this day and to start a new tournament tomorrow!

36 more holes and with the game I can produce, let's see what the outcome can be!

Jumeirah, Thursday 16 November 2017

A good front nine, an opportunity missed on 10 and a bad wedge on 11, stopped my momentum. the wind picked up on the back nine and I still had good opportunities on 14-15-16. The birdie fell finally on 17 and I saved a great par on 18 after having hit the rocks where my ball then jumped against the left grandstand. My 4th shot was a brillant approach from a bare lie over the creek and 8 feet from the cup! The 3rd shot was my second bad shot of the day!

20 players, one third, will be tested for doping this week, and today I was one of them!

Tomorrow 11:40 with Shane Lowry!

Jumeirah, Wednesday 15 November 2017

Great practice session on and around the greens, we were at 6:30 on the driving range to take advantage of the cool temperature and good greens.

Jumeirah has great facilities, and we used them all! Ready for tomorrow.

10:35 with Lee Westwood

Jumeirah, Tuesday 14 November 2017

I know ... it's my birthday today! 35...

This is the week in the year where you want to be present, our Grand Final.

Pro-Am today with the Rolex Team with an excellent Arnaud Laborde finishing in style: eagle, birdie, birdie as we started on 10.

When I asked Vincent when was the sun rise, he said 7:00 and I told then my team that we'll starting our day at 7:00 on the course, early morning start (courtesy car at 6:00!).

On Thursday, we'll play at 10:35 with lee Westwood ... good memories.

DP World Tour Championship Jumeirah Dubai
4 310 1-Nov-2017

Regnum Carya, Sunday 5 November 2017

Well, this last putt was not my best one but I didn't see that much line from right to left. Nevertheless quite happy with that 2nd place.  

Thanks to Justin and Thomas P. for their kind words. it's a great battle with high level golf, the three of us. 

24th Race to Dubai before the 2 last tournaments is a good incentive. Confidence is back which is a great, and I must admit that retrieving my driving (Callaway Epic Blue shaft) is a great factor because I'm not searching in the swing anymore, I can finally swing with less doubts.

Already in the airport to fly to South Africa, no rest before the 20th of November.

Regnum Carya, Saturday 4 November 2017

I was going steady till that mud ball on Hole 11. It flew on a strange trajectory and went short in the water. I was shocked after that and needed a few holes to recover. 2 sixes on par 5 was the other bad news of the day, but keep my score on the three last holes. 

A disappointing 3rd round but if you have said me that I would be 2 strokes of the lead Saturday I would have take it.

The good news is that I will play with Thomas on Sunday, together on the chase of the leader. 

Regnum Carya, Friday 3 November 2017

Another good day at the office. Yesterday I could play blindfolded, today was more of a scoring affair with some great escape like on 10 where I played a nice bunker shot.

You need to keep your ball in play off the tee, that's a first key, the second one is to find the right speed on greens...

Now the field is so good that everybody can play -14 for the 2 next rounds, so I'll be the first to avoid to be over enthusiastic! Doing the same plan and having the same feel of the green speed is my strategy. This sport can be full of surprises...

Regnum Carya, Thursday 2 November 2017

A lot of fairways with my 3 wood off the tee and irons off the 11th and 18th makes me going for quite a few pins. The good news of the day was that I got the speed of the greens straight away. I stayed patient on hole 2 and 3 where my ball saw the bottom of the hole but stayed on the green.

Great weather, very calm, no wind, make the scoring go low today. Tomorrow same weather but on the weekend the forecast is not as good... a lot of golf still to be played! 

Great game of Pinball tonight with Thomas Pieters, we didn't break the record but the week is still young...

Regnum Carya, Wednesday 1 November 2017

Fine tuning done, swing is in shape. Great 18 holes, very well designed by Peter Thomson and Tim Lobb. Surrounded by pine trees, the fairways are also well guarded by many bunkers. Technical course indeed and the northern wind makes it even more complicated. 4 or 5 holes are longer than last year, it will be interesting to play. The greens are quite well designed just the right amount of contours and slopes.

Chris Mivis started good at -2, Go Belgium.

Turkish Airlines Open Carya Regnum Belek Antalya
5 309 12-Oct-2017

Monza, Sunday 15 October 2017

Coud have gone lower on the last 4 holes but I must admit that I ran a little low on fuel... So 4 pars waere not so bad...

As from Monday, after 5 heavy weeks in a row (too much), I've planned 2 sessions fitness a day and also a few Padel matches... 

On Thursday, I'll play a round with Tom De Raedt (Great Grey - GoldFinch) and special guest.

Congrats to Royal Sart-Tilman and their wonderful pictures of the father and son Prize. President Patrick renard must be proud to have all those players for the picture!!!

Congrats also to Benjamin Deceunick and Cameraman Bruno for their reportage on RTBF! great exposure for Belgium golf.

Monza, Friday 13 October 2017

In the pack at -6, even if it could have been better with my strong long game display.

But the driving is still the good news. The Callaway Epic Driver with the blue shaft is the cornerstone of my game. From there I can built a score even if I still need some progress of birdie conversion.

Tom Detry will be with me this weekend finishing birdie birdie to make the cut... The road to Turkey required this first step.

Monza, Thursday 12 October 2017

Best food in the world, best player lounge, best Tournament Director (Barbara Zonchello), best sponsor Rolex, I just need to score better to keep the pace!

Speed on greens is my weakness since September, after the round, worked with Mich on my rythm and tension of the right hand... we'll see tomorrow. 

First tee off on Friday, love that, nobody in front of us...

Italian open Rolex Series Monza
6 308 3-Oct-2017

St Andrews, Saturday 7 October 2017

Carnoustie is one of the true best links, one of my favorite. Today he won by one shot. Let's win those strokes back tomorrow, final round at 10:59 with Victor Dubuisson.

St Andrews, Friday 6 October 2017

Pretty cold weather here in Fife, but 2 nice rounds thanks to good low driving and a great lag putting.

Carnoustie is quite demanding in precision driving, my challenge of the day... 

St Andrews, Tuesday 3 October 2017

As you know Scotland is my favorite golfing land and St Andrews, one of my favorite course. Very special week, 3 courses, cut after 3 rounds, 3 rounds with an amateur, some social meetings and a last day on the Old Course. Great mix on the program. I'm staying this week not far from the course with Thomas Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen, great companions. 

Dunhill Links St Andrews - Carnoustie - Kingsbarns
7 307 28-Sep-2017

Newcastle, Thursday 28 September 2017

Did some work with the driver and put my blue shaft back on duty, wasn't really happy of the orange one who seems to be less efficient with the Epic head than the blue one. Already used the blue shaft in Portugal and the results are encouraging. 

This course is special, quite hilly and tricky, patience and acceptance will be requested.

British Masters Clos House Golf Club Newcastle
8 306 22-Sep-2017

Vilamoura, Sunday 24 September 2017

Mixed feelings as if I made the eagle on 12, it could be another story. But I struggled with the speed of the green this afternoon. The greens looked fast but they weren't and I mist too many birdies short in line... But a 12th place is always worth taking. The overall game is getting better, a good sign for the rest of the season...

Thanks for your help Mich and Jérôme, very helpful, as always...

Next week, British Masters, we will loose 20 degrees... Brrr

Tomorrow big announcement in Belgium, after 18 years he's back... really looking forward!

Vilamoura, Saturday 23 September 2017

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.

Vilamoura, Thursday 22 September 2017

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 and the course belong now to the Anantara chain. The course is in great shape and thanks to the weather there is some strong scoring...

Portugal Open
9 305 18-Sep-2017

Faro, Monday 18 September 2017

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!

Belgium Team tennis in Davies Cup Final
10 304 14-Sep-2017

The Dutch, Thursday 14 September 2017

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 Dutch, Thursday 14 September 2017

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!

KLM Open The Dutch
11 303 11-Sep-2017

Knokke, Monday 11 September 2017

Two of my partners, 2PM and KNAUF, have joined forces to organise their traditional Golf Day. Philippe Feller, and his partners, and Patrick Renard are the hosts of the day and Quentin d'Ursel is our organizing master. I hope that the coastal weather avoids 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.

2PM - KNAUF Day at Royal Zoute
12 302 23-Aug-2017

Himmerland, Friday 25 August 2017

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!

Himmerland, Wednesday 23 August 2017

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.

Made in Denmark - Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort
13 301 16-Aug-2017

Bad Griesbach, 16 Augustus 2017

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. 

Paul Lawrie Match Play
14 300 1-Aug-2017

Charlotte, Thursday 9 August 2017

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!

Charlotte, Wednesday 8 August 2017

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! 

Charlotte, Monday 7 August 2017

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.

Sunday 6 August 2017

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.

Tuesday 1 August 2017

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.


US PGA 2017 Quail Hollow GC - Charlotte, NC
15 299 18-Jul-2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Week of the Open, I wish I could play it but a health disorder last Saturday changed my plans. I will routing for Thomas Pieters during this whole week. He has a good chance, it's a good course for him.

Not many news lately, sorry for that, we are going for a new blog and it's not easy as we must be linked with the new data feed from the European Tour!

A couple of weeks of holidays before hopefully the preparation week for the US PGA at Quail Hollow (Charlotte), waiting for a last minute invite, I quite love this tournament!

If you are on holiday yourself, have a good one!

Not part of the Open this time
16 297 20-Jun-2017

München, Friday 23 June 2017

Could not reach speedy Tom who had a great start, he seems to love the front nine. This is the key of this tricky golf course, you need to find the lines from the tee as it's quite narrow.

Yesterday, I had an off day from the tee with the driver with 2 out of Bounds and 2 stymies behind trees (only very old golfers can remind what is a stymie... ). Mich fixed it so today I had 17 good holes...

But I'll be there for the weekend hoping to make the best of it...

München, Tuesday 20 June 2017

Back in business, I flew here this morning with Mich Vanmeerbeek, we had also 2 days of training before coming here. Mich and Jérôme will be also in France next week and I will be fully prepared for the links swing: Ireland, Scotland and maybe The Open, my preferred Major.

Always a super well organized week with Marco Kaussler as conductor and always a few nice cars to test, I always enjoy that.

Thomas Detry is with us also and he'll be fine for the next tournament!

Great win of Bruce Koepka, such a great guy who did decide one day to begin his career with us in Europe, smart move! His second win in his career and certainly not the last one, he's only 27!

BMW International Open
17 296 1-Jun-2017

Barseback, Thursday 1 June 2017

Too much wind this morning and this course becomes very narrow at some places, needed a few holes to adapt. A par score was the minimum I could get with such a start.

Coming back to last week, I felt quite a relief after the tournament. So many tournaments where I play much better than my scores and came back with peanuts. This time I developped my A game on the 36 last holes and it paid off. All credit to Brian, my caddie, and all the other members of my team, Pete, Vince, Mich, Jérôme, Sellsie and Gilly. Also impossible not to mention Rachel, so important to me.

Three new wedges in the bag since last Wednesday: 50°, 56 and 60°. It's a long time that my Team thought I needed to fill in gaps in distance between clubs, Chris Sells came with the stats and showed that I needed to cover too much distance with the same club and the birdie conversion suffered from that. So I made the change, starting from the 60° (90 meters) and going up from that. Under the 9 iron that goes 145 meters I have now 4 clubs to cover the distances with a Pitching wedge of 36,5° for 135 meters shot.

I also asked Ian Dryden from the Callaway truck to slightly close my 3 iron so I could take my 2 iron out of the bag.

After some work on the course and on the Trackman to verify all distances, I was good to go on tournament!

Nordea Masters Barseback Sweden
18 295 24-May-2017

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...


BMW PGA Championship - Wentworth GC
19 294 15-May-2017

Sicily, Monday 15 May 2017

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!

Belgium National Days 19-20-21 July Marbella
20 293 11-May-2017

Liège, Wednesday 10 May 2017

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.


KNAUF DAY Royal Sart Tilman
21 292 3-May-2017

Centurion Club, Saturday 6 May 2017

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!

Centurion Club, Wednesday 3 May 2017

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!

The Golfsixes @ The Centurion Club, St Albans, UK
22 291 24-Apr-2017

Beijing, Sunday 30 Avril 2017

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!

Beijing, Saturday 29 April 2017

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...

Beijing, Thursday 27 April 2017

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.

Beijing, Monday 24 April 2017

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.


Volvo China Open Beijing
23 290 9-Apr-2017

Dar Es Salam, Saturday 15 April 2017

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...

Dar Es Salam, Wednesday 12 April 2017

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.

Anahita, Sunday 9 April 2017

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!

Trophée Hassan II Rabat Dar Es Salam
24 289 21-Feb-2017

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

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...

Come on Belgium - Great performance Thomas Pieters
25 288 8-Feb-2017

Saujana, Thursday 9 February 2017

Another very very very frustrating day...

Saujana, Wednesday 8 February 2017

Always one of the hottest week of the season, but a good track and a strong field.

Pro-am today before a 13:40 start tomorrow from the 10. It's on those afternoon session that you pray to avoid hot waves or thunderstorms...

Good to be back in Malaysia...

Maybank Malaysian Open
26 287 1-Feb-2017

Dubai, Wednesday 1 February 2017

Another very intense preparation with shooting for the European Tour, solo shooting for Callaway, interview and shooting for Worldwide Golf, 18 holes pro-am from 7.00 this morning, so quite a lot activities before a tournament.

Next week will be quieter in Malaysia, super hot and humid but a little quieter...

Game is in good shape, I found my perfect Epic head, a little smaller, the one I've tested in Qatar. I'll stick to this one. Quite confident with my swing and my equipment, let's play Dubai and Malaysia with confidence.

I told the World Super 6 tournament Promotor in Perth that i won't come down to Australia. Five tournament in a row is too ambitious when weeks are so packed with activities...

The weather here is quite hot for the period of year and by experience this is announcing some awkward sand storms... Let's hope it will not be verified this time...

Dubai Desert Classic
27 286 25-Jan-2017

Dubai, Sunday 29 January 2017

Back in Dubai with my preferred Emirates captain, Erwann Testard. What a sport's day! Roger Federer 18th Major title is fantastic, so delighted to see his talent winning another Grand Chelem! Time now to look the handball world final...

My game is shaping well with a lot of greens in regulation, my trade mark. Even if I was not quite as close as I liked of the pins, I retrieve the rhythm of the competition.. it's a good feeling for the next two tournaments, the Desert Classic and Malaysia.

Doha, Saturday 28 January 2017

Up and down rounds, too many bogeys and not enough bogeys on this track. Quite windy but not the kind of wind we are use to in Europe. But even if I'm in the middle of the pack, this week was a great training week. Together with Tom Detry, we've spent an awful lot of time on the range and around the greens. In fact we capitalize on the fact that Jérome was here with us to fine tune all our shots. The "metronome" training on the greens was quite interesting and we invest some time on the putting green around the importance of "tempo".

Let's see what tomorrow has to offer, starting at nine with "The President", good old Raph Jacquelin, for the final 18 of the week...

Doha, Wednesday 25 January 2017

Well, a few adjustments to my Epic Callaway driver, testing the new golf balls from Titleist, working my long game and my tempo on putts with Jérôme, another very intense preparation this week again.

Quite happy to see young Tom Detry being in such a good mood, playing great golf... "Belgium is certainly a ball hitter nation" is everybody saying... and we just respond in a surrealistic way: "Yes, at home, everybody is hitting the ball like this, we are born with it..."

After all the fuzz of last week, I'm feeling that the season is really launching now...

Tomorrow at 12.00 on tee 1.

Qatar Masters Doha
28 285 19-Jan-2017

Abu Dhabi, Friday 20 January 2017

Very frustrating 2 days. Didn't find the fairways for 2 days. Even if my preparation was optimal, I need a few tournament to get in tournament mood... The good news is that I have 5 in a row with still 4 to go... The other good news is that I finished in style, with 3 fairways and .... 3 birdies...

But Qatar is on next week, Jérôme Theunis will be coaching me and Tom Detry will also play, again 2 Belgians on the players list...

Abu Dhabi, Thursday 19 January 2017

A first round stays a first round, not my preferred rounds... I was not in my full scoring mood...

I hope to sign a better card tomorrow, I'm perfectly prepared so I can only grow with the number of rounds, hopefully it's gonna be 4 this week...

The Abu Dhabi course is immaculate and the Peter Harradine proves one more time that it's one of the better design on the calendar.

Let's have a second great round to pursue my preparation to play at my best...

HSBC ABU DHABI
29 284 12-Jan-2017

Dubai, Thursday 12 January 2017

After 3 weeks of physical training, I arrived early this week in Dubai to prepare the 2017 season.

Mich, Jérôme and Vincent are here to implement our 2017 plan.

Jumeirah Performance center is a perfect setting for our preparation, thanks Mark Gregson for your hospitality.

Not many changes in the bag, the EPIC GBB Driver is in of course.

From next week in Abu Dhabi, I'll play 5 tournaments in a row.


Season 2017 starts with our golfcamp in Dubai
30 283 20-Dec-2016

Brussels, Wednesday 21 December 2016

2016 was an interesting year and a little bird told me that 2017 will be full of surprises...

I had a look on the calendar and I might well play 5 tournaments in a row from Abu Dhabi. After a break, I need to warm the engine on the race track. There are so many differences between a practice game and competition that I need to warm up to race at full speed...

I might as well play one or two tournaments on the PGA Tour in March this year,  then come back on the European Tour in Morocco after a training camp at Anahita in Mauritius in the early days of April.

2017 will be a year with some new features like the Rolex Series, the calendar management will be key, very interesting also...

And I'm also looking forward to play along Tom Detry, and I know that Thomas Pieters feels the same... Tom had the best start he could dream of in South Africa but the season is long and demanding. With the new rules, top 100 R2D is the new limit to get a Tour card! Players will need well over 300.000 points, a strong challenge...

Before wishing everybody all the best for 2017, I want to thank all of you who worked with me, sponsored me, cheered for me, helped me, criticized me ;o) and loved me during these 365 days of 2016... From the heart, thank you...



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
31 282 13-Dec-2016

United Kingdom, Tuesday 13 December 2017

Flying to Glasgow to meet 700 Golf Pro's during their annual meeting, really looking forward to. So proud to be their Honor Guest and to talk golf with Dougie Donnely, the golf journalist, in front of such a "connoisseur" crowd. After Bernard Gallacher, Sam Torrance, Monty and Paul Lawrie, I'm the first continental player to be invited and this means something. The sincere passion I always expressed on the UK golf courses might be a factor, the Ryder cup might be another. In any case, Belgium is honored!

Before that, I'll jump in the BBC studio's for A Question of Sport... Always fun to attend those sports TV shows...

Annual PGA Recognition award
32 281 4-Dec-2016

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


Brillant Thomas Detry opens his season with a podium
33 280 24-Nov-2016

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...


ISPS World Cup of Golf Kingston Heath Golf Club
34 279 16-Nov-2016

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?

DP World Duabi Final Final Series
35 278 2-Nov-2016

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.

Turkish Airlines Open
36 277 19-Oct-2016

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...

Portugal Open Oceanico Golf Course Vilamoura
37 276 13-Oct-2016

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.

British Masters at The Grove
38 275 6-Oct-2016

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!

DUNHILL LINKS Trophy St Andrews
39 274 23-Sep-2016

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...


European Open By Porsche
40 273 16-Sep-2016

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...

Italian Open
41 272 13-Sep-2016

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!

2PM Invitational Royal Zoute
42 271 6-Sep-2016

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...

KLM Open The Dutch
43 270 31-Aug-2016

Crans, Wednesday 31 August 2016

Just one big emotion on Monday: the phone call of Thomas after he had Darren on the phone. So pleased, I'm sure that he'll do well with the European Team even if the USA seem to have a nice bunch of men in their peak form! But the opponent is not an issue, Thomas will defend at 200% the colors of Europe and of course Belgium. Will have time to gave him all the insides before he flies to Hazeltine. Experience needs to be given through. I had nobody to tell me, Tom Detry will have all our (Colsaerts-Pieters) experience when his turn will come. Team Belgium state of mind...

Pro-am Flory Van Donck on Monday, Flory was an unknown legend of our sport, I like to pay tribute now that he has successors, winners on Tour...

Yesterday, did a lot of training and played 9 holes with the most successful golf blogger Mark Crossfield (markcrossfieldgolf.com). After Rory, Luke and Andy, it's my turn. We already met in Dubai and Portugal, the guy is really fun. it's a Callaway initiative. look on on his website or on you tube...

Four weeks in a row, great tournaments on the Continent, love that, look forward to it...


Omega European Open
44 269 28-Aug-2016

Sunday, 28 August 2016

On my way to Crans-sur-Sierre in my car, but what a thriller in Denmark! Pieters is a flamboyant player and he proved it once again... 3 birdies to finish it. If I was Darren, I won't go to the States without the grinta of Pieters, dear captain!

So proud of Thomas Detry winning with such a big margin. What a first win! From Thursday till Sunday, he never left anybody else take any lead. That first card of 60 wad real "classe". Brillant! There's more to catch this year Dude, so we'll be together next year!

Congrats to the coaches and the caddies, it's a team affair!

Go Belgium... so strong!

Belgium Team
45 268 4-Aug-2016

Rio de Janeiro, Wednesday 17 August 2016

What a wonderful performance by our National Hockey Team, so proud of them and we had great fun celebrating this win and the future medal...

This is my last day in Rio, it was an amazing experience!

Now I need to prepare for the European Tour Schedule, my next event will be in Switzerland in Crans Montana...

Rio de Janeiro, Monday 15 August 2016

Well this was the most extraordinary week in my career alongside Medinah, my 72nd hole was very emotional, it was 500 meters with my Great grandmother in mind. We lived together at home and she was the one who told me all the stories about the Olympics. I couldn't hold on my tears even when playing.

This last round is also unforgettable because we played together with Thomas, having both in mind a medal for Thomas. Mind blowing experience for having built that Team Belgium together with Mich and our caddies.

Golf is an Olympic sport by essence, the tournament was brillant and the podium is just great with Justin, Henrik and Matt! Who could dream of a nicer podium, the absentees were wrong, the sport is the winner!

I'm staying here in Rio to follow the Field Hockey team, with a medal in sight there I hope!

Thanks to all the support: Jan, Marc, Emilie and all the supporters and the press! See you in Tokyo!

Rio de Janeiro, Friday 12 August 2016

A cold scoring Friday for my part but a hot one for Thomas; great -9 in total.

Rio de Janeiro, Thursday 11 August 2016

Go Team Belgium!

Happy to have found some momentum on the back nine with 3 birdies, after a very slow start... I don't know why I had so many photographers with men where the majority of them participated for the first time on a golf tournament! They were clicking in the swing and during putts. I got nervous and I had 2 x 3 putts on the front nine. I had to stay patient and hopefully I came back nicely on the back nine.

The greens are treacherous and the wind was really blowing. Not an easy task...

Thomas Pieters did great. Off to a good start, both of us, come on Belgium!

Tomorrow we'll play later thus with more wind and spiked greens...

Rio de Janeiro, Wednesday 10 August 2016

Emotions yesterday as my driver's head went broken... Hopefully I always travel with a spare head, so we could change it...

The olympic games are enormous, life in the Village is so interesting with all nationalities and different sports gathering together. This is certainly a life time experience, I enjoy it so much, so does my team, we have waow's effect every 10 min, I could live here forever... haha... I knew I would love the OG but I never imagined that it would have been so exciting and enjoyable, full of energy, I love it...

The more you play the course the more you find the complexity of the greens and surroundings, greens are quite undulated and nobody should underestimate the influence of the winds that can be strong!

Tomorrow starts the competition!

Rio de Janeiro, Monday 8 August 2016

First round on a demanding course, its more much subtle than it looks. Even If Gil Hanse, the course architect, keeps saying I've made a future average course. But knowing Gil Hanses's course I was prepared

Rio de Janeiro, Sunday 7 August 2016

Great atmosphere in the Team Belgium with the performances of The National Hockey Team where I was a passionate supporter, the win of  Kristel Flipkens and of course the Golf Medal of Greg Van Avermaet... Couldn't dream of a better start,

Went practising for the first time at the Golf but I can't wait the arrival of Brian and Mich for the serious stuff... First holes on Monday...

Rio de Janeiro, Friday 5 August 2016

The family bound with the Olympics continues 68 years after my great grandfather Jean-Jacques Tensen, who participates at 5 Olympics (1920-24-28-36-48). It was an honor to represent my country during this Opening ceremony, I enjoyed each moment... even the waiting...

What an atmosphere, what an energy, so many smiling faces, how sport can be extraordinary... a moment to cherish and to treasure... Unforgettable!

By the way, 20% of the Belgians delegation were golfers, it was time that golf came back at the Olympic games haha...

Rio de Janeiro, Thursday 4 August 2016

Arrived this morning, immigration kept asking my accreditation but it was waiting for me in the hall 100 meters further. Finally they let me go through...

Waiting seems to be the keyword, if you can't wait, you can't survive... Lesson 1.

I spent the day discovering the Village and the other delegations... Interesting to see all those faces, wondering which country and which sport they are representing...

It's time also to meet the Belgian Team and as you know tennis and field hockey, the two other sports I practiced a lot till I was 17 years old...

Brian Nilsson and Michel Vanmeerbeek are arriving in a few days, Jan Baert Head of the Belgian golf delegation is arriving on Saturday, we'll be all set on Monday for the beginning of the Tournament.


The Olympics RIO 2016
46 267 29-Jul-2016

Springfield, Thursday 28 July 2016

The week began better than the way my round ended during this first round. One bad drive on my 16th hole was very costly, it's a pity, I was cruising well at -1...

Will need a strong Friday to make the cut... the forecast is pretty wet... we'll see...

Solid round from Thomas Pieters!




USPGA - Baltusrol - New Jersey
47 266 21-Jul-2016

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!


USPGA Baltusrol GC New Jersey 4th Major
48 265 11-Jul-2016

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...

The Open Royal Troon
49 264 4-Jul-2016

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...

Scottish Open Castle Stuart Aberdeen Asset Management
50 263 30-Jun-2016

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!

Open de France Alstom
51 262 23-Jun-2016

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...

BMW International Open Pülheim Germany
52 261 22-Jun-2016

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!

Annual PGA Recognition award
53 260 14-Jun-2016

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. 



Callaway King of Distance in Köln
54 259 12-Jun-2016

Well done Thomas Detry!

Proud of you buddy!

For his first tournament as a Pro, Thomas showed all his skills, composure and strong commitment signing a top 10 at the KPMG in Cleydael GC.

Playing on home soil is never easy, surely with a numerous crowd like this year in Cleydael. But using his american experience, Tom did more than well. For the future, finishing in the top 5 is another level of experience, and there is a time for everything.

Well done Mark Mazo, Thomas' caddy, with Brian we knew you both would click together and deliver a promising partnership.

Well done coaching team !

Newt week St Omer is another story... As Cleydael is a straight forward test, this french course can be very treacherous. Good luck there Buddy!



Thomas Detry finishes 6th for his first Pro Tournament on the Challenge Tour
55 258 6-Jun-2016

Royal Sart Tilman, Monday 6 june 2016

There is always a special atmosphere at Royal Sart Tilman when Patrick Renard and Knauf organize a golf day, great reception and sunshine nearly all day while thunderstorms were very active in the neighborhood!

We were very lucky and the course was playable after the last week bad weather...

Thank you all for your messages on this website!

169 OWGR and 43 R2D


Knauf Day Royal Sart Tilman
56 257 31-May-2016

Stockholm, Sunday 5 June 2016

Another podium and a great finish of this month May. Indeed I prefer to see the glass half-full than half-empty. Nice jump in the ranking, two top 5 and two top 25 in 4 tournaments! No regrets this week, Fitzpatrick and Jensen played the last round better than me, and they had the good breaks, I made 1 or 2 mistakes too many but overall I was pretty much in control all week. OK I would have preferred to win but I can't take back the shots I missed.

I like where I am now, the confidence is building, nice progress, we're getting there... a busy summer in sight...

Thank you all for your support,

43rd Race to Dubai

Stockholm, Saturday 4 June 2016

Started well, but the driver let me down on the difficult tee-shots and caused 2 bogeys while I was attacking. At the same time, Matt did take advantage of the par 5's and made a solid move.

Very pleased with the way we finished, tomorrow is another day. This course will be played differently under the tension of a final round.

There's some ice on the cake for The Open also when finishing first in the top 5 without exemption. A reason more to go for it!

Stockholm, Friday 3 June 2016

Two good rounds on a course that suits my eye quite well. From the tee, I can see clearly the lines, I feel the corners I can cut over the lakes, and my swing responded well.

But I'm not alone to have scored well on this course and the week-end will be interesting,

So sorry about Thomas missing this tournament,

Stockholm, Tuesday 31 May 2016

Skipping the qualification of the US Open, I could rest for a day and travel on Monday afternoon in a relax mood to Sweden where it's beautifully sunny. What a pleasure!

Brian arrived today at 1.00 PM and we could from there do our homework on and around the greens, and on the range.

Bro Hof is a long and modern stadium course, quite open with a lot of lakes, to spice it more. You'll need to find the best lines from the tee.

Will play at 12.40 Thursday with two top 10 in Wentworth: Tyrell Hatton and Romain Wattel

Nordea Sweden Bro Hof GC Stockholm
57 256 23-May-2016

Wentworth, Sunday 29 May 2016

Pictures by Philippe Gaudy: Gallery - BMW Championship and click the day!

Not the kind of final day I've dreamed of, in fact I never found the confidence on the greens. On the first and the second I thought I had hit two good putts and no one dropped in. After so many attempts in the next holes, I became insecure about lines and speed, that's when you end up making errors.

Direction Sweden now, I'm not playing the qualification (36 holes) of the US Open tomorrow as I want to take some rest before Sweden where the course is long and demanding. The next stretch will also be important with Germany - France - Scotland, trying also to qualify for the Open during those tournaments.

Wentworth, Saturday 28 May 2016

Pictures by Philippe Gaudy: Gallery - BMW Championship and click the day!

Started as a great round till nine, -4, then 3 bogeys came refreshing a nice oiled momentum. The bogey on 10 was the momentum killer, in fact the ball spon too much in the air and came just short and ended in the bank between the green and the front bunker.

Nevertheless I came back nicely in the game and finished with a score in the 60's, always an achievement here at Wentworth. In total, 7 birdies is a good sign... 68, 3rd score of the day...

Tomorrow will be interesting, i need to pursue the good vibes and the confidence building since Mauritius. 

Great gallery today, I was surprised by the amount of spectators that followed us... Great english crowd and a lot of Belgians also, thanks for the attendance...

Belgium won from Switzerland in Football 1-2, I'll now cheer for David Goffin at Roland Garros!

Wentworth, Friday 27 May 2016

Pictures by Philippe Gaudy: Gallery - BMW Championship and click the day!

Not an easy day for scoring... More wind... Less -6 or -7 rounds today. For my part it was more a tribute to Seve Ballesteros than my own game. Didn't touch many greens nor fairways but had great recoveries, short game and putting. 25 putts, not my usual stats...

This Wentworth course is very demanding, 13-14-15 remain a tough stretch of holes, the 16th green is the most tormented one on the course... Off the tee it's never easy, the wind is omnipresent, the bunkering is heavy and only par 3's are not dog legs...

Let's rest to make a decent week-end!

Wentworth, Thursday 26 May 2016

Pictures by Philippe Gaudy: Gallery - BMW Championship and click the day!

Very frustrating round, never felt the right speed on the greens. It seemed that they were slower than yesterday. Played steadily the first 12 holes, touching nearly all greens but never found the momentum. The eagle missed on 12 was a killer, the ball jumped out of the hole and I followed with two bogeys...

Definitely need to find the mojo on the greens tomorrow as fast as I can, I'm playing too good to be over par...

Wentworth, Wednesday 25 May 2016

Great pro-am day today with Peter Swann, Brian O'Driscoll (ex captain of the Irish Rugby team and a legend of that sport) and the famous Neil Horan (from the One Direction group). in fact we won the overall ranking, and the afternoon ranking, great job guys. Also, more than 36.000 pounds raised for the Research against cancer for Children, another great initiative from BMW.

This championship in Wentworth is our flagship event and I must say that all players are proud of this event. The hospitality infrastructures are just unbelievable and the crowd is always enormous...

A key moment for the European Tour but also an important rendez-vous for the players! The greens are surprisingly very firm and quite fast, pin positions will play a big role this week! 

Wentworth, Monday 23 May 2016

Great day on The Berkshire GC with Tom De Raedt and his friends. What a nice genuine "old style" course, the kind of 18 holes we would like more in Belgium. Nothing fancy but a beautiful use of the land, trees and heather, space to breath, 6 par 5 - 6 par 4 and 6 par 3's and lovely people to run the club. 5 min from famous Sunningdale and Wentworth, this was a discovery and a great one, thanks Tom!

We were playing under a bright sun and this was really enjoyable after 2 weeks in very demanding weather...

Staying this week with Marcel Siem and Thomas Pieters in a beautiful house in charming Surrey, we all hope for a decent week of golf, all three very curious to discover the new changes on the courses...

BMW PGA Championship Virginia Water England
58 255 17-May-2016

K Club, Sunday 22 May 2016

Not enough greens and not enough birdies today. Really never created a momentum with one or two birdies in a row to make a move on the leaderboard. But then you need to stay patient. My approaches were very good and I could build on a strong par defense. My confidence is building, take the positive out of this tournament.

My 3 last finishes are 15 - 3 - 25, let's continue in the same vein, building for Rio!

K Club, Friday 20 May 2016

Speaking about the wrong draw, this is a superb one! Rain for nearly 32 holes and the other draw have played 36 holes dry! The fact is that it's quite cold here also, rain and cold is not a pleasant cocktail.

But still in there... Some tee shots are very tough at the K Club, big trees and water are also playing an important role, really a Ryder Cup course... Gonna give it a go this week-end!

Next week, on the pro-am in Wentworth, The European Tour asked me to play with Tim Henman, the tennis player, and Niall Horan, the One Direction group member... Always loved the serve and voley game of Timothy and I remember some fine matches between Tim and our Xavier Malisse, who won twice in Majors against Tim! A lot to talk about... And Niall Horan will provide us a nice group of supporters... Looking forward to. "Hey, David Park (European Tour Players Relations), I'm your man, see you on Wednesday for the pro-am! Thanks for the company..."

K Club, Thursday 19 May 2016

How cold and wet it was this morning! Nevertheless, I had a good start in the pouring rain in a strong wind and when the rain stopped I had still two good chances to make birdies on holes 8 and 9 (I started on 10). So a good round not a great one, I will finish the day in the pack...

The sun is shining now, the course is soft so the scores will be better this afternoon...

K Club, Tuesday 17 May 2016

A great course, a great and emotional Ryder Cup here at the K Club, all ingredients are present for a good tournament, really looking forward to.

What a striking contrast between the Mauritian coast and the inland Kildare! There are some swing adjustments to be made, the ball must fly here and, in Mauritius the uncommon strong winds forced us to play links golf. But Anahita is still a wonderful paradise...

Rory is the hero here and I must say that I give all credit for supporting this event the way he does. The venue and the prize-money are just great, this is a boost for the European Tour...

Irish Open at the K Club - Dublin Ireland
59 254 9-May-2016

Anahita, Sunday 15 May 2016

The worst you can have is two quick hook on the two first tees. There goes your confidence and your flow away! The worst 11 holes stretch for a while... but on 12 the gods of golf send me some composure and I was back on track. Tough course under this wind, Anahita bited a lot of players today, and I was among them, but I managed to finish strongly, birdies on 16 and 17 could also fall...

Podium, jump to 67th place on the Race to Dubai... Let's build from that in Ireland next week!

Anahita, Saturday 14 May 2016

Out of rythm, since the first tee, bad irons shots as a consequence... I didn't figure it out but Mich explained me after the round that I was too slow on the upswing and tried to catch up by going faster on the downswing. That error costs me 5 strokes on par 3. Pathetic!

But Mich cheered me up because the 5 birdies are always a good sign in the third round. Even if the leader looked very solid there are still an handful players who can win the Trophy. So I'm still in the hunt, just a matter on recovering my Friday's feeling... Tomorrow I need a low one from the start, to put pressure on the leaders...

Once again the course protected his par very well, the pin placements and the wind were helping the defense, only 12 players under par today, and 5 on the leaderboard... A great tournament...

Anahita, Friday, 13 May 2016

This is the golf at my best. In match play today, I could have been a really tough opponent to beat because I was in the zone, showing a rare display of great shots in heavy wind conditions.

-7, new course record, Mich said it is worth a -12 in a normal wind conditions.

I confess: yesterday was a round to forget, done! The practice afterwords with Mich seemed efficient...


Anahita, Monday 9 May 2016

What a pleasure to be on Tour this week! Anahita is my second home and I have the feeling to play at home...

I'm sure my colleagues will appreciate the setting on the beautiful tropical coast of Mauritius but the icing on the cake remains the quality of the design of our manicured course. Ernie Els is the architect of this award winning golf course and at the first sight I knew that he had done a superb work. Since then I have always the same pleasure to be on those links...

This is our last tournament outside Europe for a while, let's enjoy the tension of a tournament in Paradise...

Afrasia Mauritius Open - Anahita Four Seasons
60 253 26-Apr-2016

Beijing, Sunday 1 May 2016

Finishing 15th in Beijing is always a good result even if there was more to take. On Sunday I could never create the momentum and the two first bogeys didn't give me the boost of confidence that I needed.

Nevertheless I was up there till Sunday, the stats are good and the game is in shape.

Some great news before a 3 days training in Finca Cortesin where I will also join Patrick Renard (CEO Knauf) for the President's Tournament (tournament between the CEO's of France and Belgium).


Beijing, Tuesday 26 April 2016

Volvo has always been my lucky companion through my career. Per Ericsson has witnessed all my victories, he handled me my two Trophies, Thanks again Per. Per is Head of the Volvo involvement in professional Golf, a great friend of the European Tour.

Topwin GC is our host this week and is in great shape, my victory in 2011 was in Luxehills.

Tee time at 12:10 (Local Time) on Thursday


Volvo China Open
61 252 22-Apr-2016

Genzon, Friday 22 April 2016

Unlucky here in Shenzen, disrupted tournament due to thunderstorms, long days, waiting and more waiting...

2nd round tomorrow at 6.50 local time...

Shenzen International Genzon China
62 251 13-Apr-2016

Valderrama, Friday 15 April 2016

The +5 yesterday was a killer and today with the wind I never found the mojo, with a much too early double bogey after a promising birdie.

Tomorrow Finca Cortesin and Sunday off to China!

Valderrama, Wednesday 13 April 2016

History has been made on this legendary course, the Ryder Cup in 1997 captained by Seve Ballesteros and a number of Volvo Masters.

Tough course indeed, no room for any mistake, very demanding from the tee, small undulated greens, all the ingredients designed by Robert Trent Jones to create then the best European course!

Thanks to Sergio Garcia to give an hand to the European Tour to give us such a wonderful event!

A lot of players are back in Europe from the Masters after the incredible Green Jacket won by Danny Willett. Awesome performance Danny!

Spanish Open by Sergio Garcia Foundation
63 250 8-Apr-2016

Jupiter, Friday 8 April 2016

This training week comes to an end. After the successful eye surgery, I'm very pleased of the result.

Off to Valderrama now for the Spanish Open!

Training Florida The Bears
64 249 1-Apr-2016

Washington, Friday April 1 2016

Incredible, surgery (100% successful) yesterday and today I'm invited by Harry Huang, the surgeon who made a great job yesterday, to play Congressionnal with Rick Elion, always good for real round of golf!

I have great memories here, playing the US open and the ATT on the PGA Tour...

Seeing with my "new eyes" without lenses or contacts is an incredible experience... I love it! Many thanks Harry, Julie and Rick (the Elion's).

Tomorrow I wil fly over to Florida, West Palm Beach, at the Bears Golf Club, for a serious week of training with Mich and Vince. In 10 days we will be in Valderrama for the Spanish open organized by The Sergio Garcia Foundation...

Eye operation Washington DC USA
65 248 17-Mar-2016

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Callaway Golf Europe
66 247 23-Mar-2016

All my thoughts to the victims and their families,

So thankful to all medical and first aid staff and police-army forces,

So proud of the solidarity and the composure demonstrated by all Belgians,

Brussels, we are strong!

Brussels, we are strong
67 246 6-Mar-2016

Hua Hin, Sunday 13 March

My new Callaway driver XR16 Sub Zero worked well this week, and even if I didn't play the par5's as well as I need, I succeed to be long with a lot of greens in Regulation... My first top 10 this season, the 22 birdies helped for sure...

Time now for 4 weeks without tournaments, but I will take advantage to undergo an eye surgery to correct my myopia... Then a strong training before the demanding Valderrama for the Spanish Open!

But first some holidays in Sydney to visit a person dear to my heart...

Hua Hin, Saturday 12 March

Tomorrow I should be able to avoid all those bogeys and score a lot of birdies...

Today was the attacking day...7 birdies but too many bogeys...  Let's do it on Sunday!

Hua Hin, Sunday 6 March

After a great week of sport and rest in Phuket, I'm ready for the next tournament. Hua Hin feels a litlle bit like home...

Crossfit in the morning at Unit 27 with a pleasant sparring partner is always a winner!

Great play for the Europeans at Doral!

True Thailand Championship Hua Hin
68 245 25-Feb-2016

Perth, Thursday 25 February 2016

Sad news this morning, RIP Cédric Moens, passionnate golfer, gone much too early, all my thoughts to his family...

ISPS Handa Perth International
69 244 15-Feb-2016

Kuala Lumpur, Monday 15 February 2016

Arrived today, early morning though, at the Royal Selangor Golf Club. Safely in the field now, even if I was among the reserves. You pay always a bad year the year after on the European Tour. Being a reserve is like being refused in a Night club... Not the best feeling...

A 30 degrees difference is a nice feature compared to Northern Europe, that's why I packed very light for the next 6 weeks, no woolen V-necks or jumpers needed... nice!

With Brian today, we will focus on our driving! When the drive works well, everything works well...

Maybank Championship Malaysia
70 243 9-Feb-2016

Saddyat Beach, Monday 8 February 2016

Giving back is a natural duty for us Golf Professionals.

But having such a wonderful day with Gary Player is also an enjoyment and a pleasure to help charities... Great experience...

Back to rainy Belgium on Tuesday...

Gary Player Invitational Abu Dhabi
71 242 2-Feb-2016

Dubai, Saturday 6 February 2016

Much better... Let's get some more confidence building up tomorrow with a good 4th round.

The left shoulder drill was spot on, a classic default in my putting stroke. 29 putts today, and, as Brian said, birdies on 2,3,17 and 18 could have fallen...

Every day is different but let's hope to have a good one tomorrow...

Dubai, Friday 5 February 2016

Still frustrating feeling after having touched 16 greens, but with Brian we found a little dysfunction in my left shoulder going too much to the left of the line of play. Hope this will be the fix to bring my putts under the 30 tomorrow and Sunday!

Touched by the passing of Dave Renwick, a 15 year friendship on Tour, he spent many years alongside Olazabal, Elkington, Westwood or Vijay... Rest in Peace Ol'Buddy...

GALLERY: Pictures from today's game (red shirt) and practice days (black shirts), thanks to Frank Vuysteke

Dubai, Tuesday 2 February 2016

After a few days of rest, another cool day in perspective to fully recover.

Shooting at 4PM with Callaway to present you the new products.

Tomorrow will be the technical fine tuning day, surely with the driver...

Dubai Desert Classic
72 241 25-Jan-2016

Dubai, Sunday 31 January 2016

Time to take a forced rest to recover from a virus infection. It was cold and windy in Qatar and my health did suffer from it... from South Africa I'm suffering from several virus infection, it's the third week in a row that I clearly feel it; the Doctor here in the Emirates says that we need to take serious rest to fully recover but it's not the right timing to do it.

4 days of rest before the Desert Classic, let's heal... and I'm not the only one to suffer from it...

Qatar, Thursday 28 January 2016

After a slow start, the eagle on 10 gave me the right boost for my back nine. Strong winds this afternoon, big difference with this morning!

These conditions are perfect for "Chippy" Lawrie, he won here already! I'm a great fan of Paul, we played together in Medinah. It's gonna be good sporting moment on Friday ... But there are so many good players also on the run and still a long streak of 36 holes to be played...

Qatar, Wednesday 27 January 2016

Clean sheet, best round so far in 2016, a step in the right direction.

Sandy wind, chilly out there, I'm pleased to hit 17 greens and to have birdied all par 5's, good signs of the overall shape of my game.

The weather forecast for tomorrow gives even more wind in the afternoon, so we gonna have to hang out there strong in those circumstances and the same will apply for the rest of the week, typical Qatar!

Happy Birthday Thomas Pieters!

Qatar, Monday 25 January 2016

Another good track this week, also designed by Peter Harradine, where the wind plays always an important role. It's a striker's course, always won by a big guns like Garcia, Stenson, Bjorn, Grace , Karlsson...

Attention: the tournament begins on Wednesday and finishes on Saturday!

Playing with Frenchman and long time friend Greg Havret and fellow Challenge Tour winner in 2009 at 7.40 AM Local time.

Qatar Masters Commercial Bank Doha Golf Club
73 240 20-Jan-2016

Abu Dhabi, Sunday 24 January 2016

And what about the 2 last rounds of Thomas Pieters... He deserved to win... But will win very soon, be prepared!

Great training with Jérôme this week-end, I need to forget that first round and score deeper in the next ones...

Abu Dhabi, Thursday 21 January 2016

Way too conservative. I wanted to do a clean sheet, like a nice student, and I was way too far from the pins. But that doesn't mean that the swing and the game are not in good shape. On the contrary...

So tomorrow, I will modify my strategy, not a kamikaze one of course, it's not my style, but a slight more aggressive iron game so that I will be able to sharpen my putting and go for more birdies! Jerôme is quite enthusiastic about the quality of my game, not much to fine tune, really insisting about the quality of our preparation. Not happy with the score but really optimistic with the next rounds.

Abu Dhabi, Wednesday 20 January 2016

Abu Dhabi Golf Club this week! What a great course, in immaculate conditions. Designed by Peter Harradine, this is a great lay-out that will request a perfect driving.

The shaft for the driving will be the Speeder 757 Evolution II Tour X Fujikura in the Callaway Big Bertha. Tested in Florida, it's still the master choice here in Abu Dhabi. My team looks quite happy of my display during the practice days, that's already a good start of the season!

From 3 Belgians, we are only two. Thomas Detry is back in his University Illinois with 40° difference. Pedro Pieters and myself are quite happy to play the Desert Swing under a beautiful sunny blue sky!

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
74 239 13-Jan-2016

Dubai, Saturday 16 January 2016

Still going strong. 18 Holes at 7.30 (wake up at 6.00) and a lot of practice in the afternoon on the great practice infrastructure of Jumeirah golf at the European Tour Performance Institute. Thank you Mark Gregson, Mathew and Tim for your support.

Weather is perfect, Earth Course is very competitive, we will be ready.

Pedro Pieters looks in great shape also and Coach Small will receive a Thomas Detry in superb form. He learned a lot in 8 days, fully trained with Mich, Jérôme and Richard!

We will move to Abu Dhabi on Monday afternoon with one more round at Jumeirah on Monday morning.

Mich, Jérôme and Vince are staying in Abu Dhabi for a few more days...

Dubai, Wednesday 13 January 2016

A bit of a serious flu since Monday, but I'll be ready for the trainings and the matches with the 2 Thomas's. Today, great Tom Detry anniversary on the Earth Course (Jumeirah Golf) with a 68, great job from Mich and Jérôme to upgrade Tom's game!

The Els was great yesterday, thanks to Els Club direction for their warm welcome and the great shape of the course.

Looking forward to the strong Belgium side, will be impressive here at Dubai. 3 Bombers in action!


Dubai Training week
75 238 6-Jan-2016

Jo'Burg, Thursday 7 January 2016

Right shoulder pain, like a knife stroke in it after a couple holes this morning, my right hand began to sleep also. very quickly it appeared that I couldn't finish the day.

It's a pity but the physio's comfort me in saying that after their manipulation and a few days of rest I wouldn't suffer from it next week... Training camp next week in Dubai is safe, even if we would have liked to grab more information after this first tournament. This is not the start I wanted, but I played solidly during the Pro-Am and Marcel Siem endured a heavy defeat in our match on Wednesday. So the game is there...

A few days of rest in Dubai and from Sunday we start our training camp!

Jo'Burg, Wednesday 6 January 2016

Finally, there we go on the opening tournament of my 2016 season,

The course is quite nice but very narrow, we'll need some cautious play...

Distance are very difficult to judge because of the altitude, golf balls are flying miles thanks to less air resistance. And because it's windy, club and shot selection for the long players is always quite tough, surely for the ones with high trajectories...

Good to have a tournament between training camps, it will give some feedback for next week work...

Brian is in great shape, let's start the season!

BMW South African Open
76 237 3-Jan-2016

Miami, Saturday 2 January 2016

All my best wishes for 2016, heath and happiness for sure!

Leaving Miami now for Johannesburg to play my first event of the season. Looking forward to this season with RIO 2016 in sight...

Thank you all in advance for your support in 2016, I hope to give you very good moments...

Happy New Year 2016
77 235 19-Dec-2015

West Palm, Saturday 19 December 2015

Arrived here two days ago with Vince and Mich for a solid training camp. The Bears is a perfect place to practice with tournaments conditions on the practice and on the course. Tough conditions for the moment with the wind blowing hard. By the way, Jack Nicklaus renew the greens here to make them even harder.

Emphasis on the driving. Mich wants me to work my first and "second serve". When the wind will calm down, we will also test the difference between the ProV1 and ProV1x, in term of flights and length.

Callaway 2 iron is definitely in the bag, quite pleased with his efficiency.

Julie and Rick Elion arrived also for three days of work together, quite an intense start of this training camp.


Florida training camp
78 234 7-Dec-2015

Amata, Sunday 13 December 2015

Finally, I've got my round in the sixties. 68 today, a great round to finish my last tournament of 2015!

Good Job Mich, Vince, Jerôme, Pete, Rich, Blaise, Serge, Luc, you were all better than me this year. Get ready for 2016, I will be up to the task. Great menu: Rio, Ryder Cup... Looking forward to.

Tonight I'll fly back to Brussels for a 2 days program, Christmas night with my family 10 days before the real Christmas and an urgent visit to the dentist...Then another flight in the opposite direction: Florida with Mich and Vince for some more training, testing the new golfballs for 2016, some new equipment also, to be ready for the new season... No pain no gain would say Rich... Of course he's right...

Amata, Saturday 12 December 2015

Mission sixties failed... Started well but after a few birdies attempts, I struggled on 9 and 10 and had to wait the end of the round to finish in style. One more attempt tomorrow for a score beginning with 6 and jump higher on the leaderboard...

Amata, Friday 11 December 2015

A great iron day, really hot, with 17 greens in regulation but a really cold day with the putter. Two seventies, played differently, now it's time to play in the sixties. Still some work to do on the driving, Mich said. He's amazing, always finding room to improve. "That's where you build your confidence, he pointed"... Two more days to climb the ladder of the scoreboard and to join some other Europeans...

Amata, Thursday 10 December 2015

Solid round. One bad drive on the 3rd (out of Bounds), then nice bombing on fairways. Great approaches on 4-5-6 for pars. Never easy to read the grain properly on the greens, Jamie and Sergio had less problem with it, but nevertheless still in good position with this kind of first round.

Tomorrow, quite happy to play earlier, because the heat and humidity played some role at the end of the round...

Amata, Monday 7 December 2015

Bye, bye, Anahita in Mauritus, see you in May on the European Tour just before the BMW PGA Ch'ip in Wentworth.

Arrived yesterday in Bangkok to meet the tournament organization. Great participation, nice people and a superb course. Huge venue on the Asian Tour for Thailand with also 4 spots for the British Open and 1 spot for the WGC Bridgestone!

Today with Thomas Bjorn and Brian Nilsson, we pay a visit a Buddhist temple. We feel it's something we need to do. Each time we come in Thailand, the atmosphere is such that you feel that your place is there, in respect of the peaceful culture and the hospitality of the land and the Thai people.

Mich Vanmeerbeek arrived today, our work begins this afternoon, this is my last tournament in 2015 and also the last step of my 2016 preparation...

Great Belgian results in sport: Red Lions in final, Joachim Gerard in tennis winner at the Masters in London and Fanny Lecluyse european champion in swimming... Rio 2016...

Thailand Golf Challenge - Amata Springs - Bangkok
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Anahita, Monday 30 November 2015

Long journey but safely arrived in beautiful Anahita for their Golf Masters, a great preparation before the European Tour comes here in May.

Emotional message from Emile Vanstiphout, Jos'brother, who 'll send me Jos'book that will be on the book shelves in 2016.

Anahita Golf Masters - Mauritius
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Sydney, Sunday 29 November 2015

Well, I really need to hit more greens to score in those circumstances, 18th is always good in this period of time,

But how difficult is it to leave Australia? It's always to short and I know I will spend once day more time here... Love the people and the country...

Now flying to Anahita in Mauritius, the paradise for golfers where the Resort organizes a big tournament. Not as big as the European Tour who will stop there for an official tournament counting for the Race to Dubai! Woaw!

Sydney, Saturday 28 November 2015

This 3rd day is a first round reminder with too many birdies chances and too many greens missed...

All my thoughts to the Belgian tennis world. Come on Belgium in the Davis Cup final, the double will be key...

And I want to salute the memory of Philippe Washer, wonderful talented sportsman, tennis and golf and close to the Leopold Club in Brussels. Washer - Brichant, a legendary tennis double pair that can inspire our national pair against the Murray brothers today. Come on Belgium!

Sydney, Friday 27 November 2015

After a frustrating first round with too many green missed and a cold putter, I'm quite pleased with today's round playing with Adam Scott. High quality long game with the difficult side winds, it isn't easy but I could find some mojo on the scoring side with 6 birdies today... Happy to see the Belgian flag high up again!

I must admit that it's quite enjoyable to play in Australia, thank you Trevor Herden for this invite and congrats for the quality of your Open...

This afternoon chilling out in Sydney with some Australian friends...

Sydney, Tuesday 24 November 2015

Another beautiful city in the world, Sydney is one of a kind, great atmosphere and quality of life. This is my first contact with The Australian Golf Club. Quite an historical course but redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 1977... Superb maintained modern course with small undulated greens, strong wind, by the way, it will be tough to go low with that wind... Brian told me that's really a second shot course because of the small greens surrounded by dangerous run offs, even is the course is playing quite long. If the wind continues to blow, they might put some tees forward...

Tee time on Thursday 12.10 with Adam Scott and John Senden, who can dream of a better 3 ball? I couldn't ... and Brian couldn't also, he worked for John for 2 years on the European Tour ... Aussie gang... ;o)

Last time I played with Adam, it was the 3rd day at the Doral, and he won the Masters 4 weeks later!

The other good news is that it's summer here, quite happy to always have my Recuperat-ion drinks, great minerals for an optimal recuperation and clear-sightedness thanks Dr Serge Balon-Perin...



Emirates Australian Open
81 231 17-Nov-2015

Melbourne, Friday 20 November 2015

Well, this was a rusty start... Tournament golf is quite different than training golf, surely if you change continent and season... And this is a top tournament on a great course...

So nice to see old friends like Brett Rumford and John Senden, only to name two of them...

Time for practice now to upgrade my competitiveness,

New week, we're flying to Sydney for the next tournament.

Brian took me to Kingston heath in the afternoon, another legend course, where my game is already upgrading... Round after round we go...

Melbourne, Tuesday 17 November 2015

Good'day...

What a pleasure to be back in Australia, my second Homeland! So keen and eager to play The Uniqlo masters on gem of a golfcourse. There is here a resemblance with Royal Melbourne, one of my favorite golf course, and I know that I will face a strong test of golf!

I want to thank David Rollo for this opportunity to play the Uniqlo masters on the famous Huntingdale golf course, and I'm also very glad to meet the crowd there...

In fact, in my mind I'm starting the 2016 season after a break of a month where I did a lot of Crossfit and Training with the Vanmeerbeek gang ;o)... Looking forward to see how's my golf game because I'm quite enthusiastic... As enthusiastic as my caddie Brian Nilsson who's so happy to work on his home soil and seeing all his mates on the Australian Tour!

Well in Europe and in particular France and Belgium, they are living tough times, all my thoughts are with the bereaved families...


Uniqlo Australian Masters - Huntingdale Golf Club
82 230 9-Nov-2015

Brussels, Monday 9 November

After the Australian Masters, I received an invitation from the Australian Open. So happy to have the opportunity to play there this year. Australia means a lot to me and those two tournaments are ideal for me to continue my progression work to my best level. My scoring average on the 8 last tournaments was 70,18, which is already great, and I'm chasing better 4th rounds now to make top 10's or better. I began with Mich Vanmeerbeek and Jérôme Theunis a precise tuning work 2 weeks ago and Australia will be a good destination to put these improvements in my game under the gun. It will take some time but my coaches smartly enough have spread the tunings in three parts: now, in Florida in December and in Dubai in January! In total 6 weeks of training.

After Australia, I will fly to Anahita for their tournament before another important rendez-vous, The Thailand Golf Challenge where I asked Mich to coach me for the tournament.


Uniqlo Australia Open 2015

Ready for the Australian swing
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Aberdeen, Wednesday 4 November 2015

A lot to do in those 3 weeks between my last tournament and the next one in Australia (19-22 Nov). Crossfit every day with Richard Vanmeerbeek at the Power Factory, training with Mich and Jérôme, new passports, a meeting with Rolex and the new CEO in Belgium, a visit to the dentist and my Doc Serge Balon Perin, a shooting in Aberdeen for my equipment partner (clothes) DUNNING...

Program for next week is also tight, everything must be done before my departure on the 14th Nov for Melbourne, nice date by the way ;o)

My schedule is done till the Olympic games, we won't do the same mistakes as in 2015 in the beginning of the year where March and April killed my momentum ... and finally my season even if the 70,18 scoring in the last 8 tournaments was a good finish. We are now working for a better scoring on the Sunday's and 2016 should be promising.

Great news from my fellow players the 2 Thomasses. Detry and his Illinois team won at East Cup lake and receive a lot of coverage at the Golf Channel, Pieters will do well in China, HSBC and surely the BMW masters, these courses are perfectly fitting his game, so is the final in Dubai...

Aberdeen Photo Shooting for Dunning
84 228 14-Oct-2015

Vilamoura, Sunday 18 October 2015

Never found the speed on the greens, from the first hole. The numerous birdie chances missed on the front nine was very frustrating and on 11, the 3 putts was a killer, so was the bogey on 16...

Without birdies I couldn't achieve my goal: finishing in the top 3 that would have gave me access to Turkye for the first stage of the final series. So, no final series in 2015. Next tournament on the European Tour: the South African Open in January 2016!

Till that: rest, training, tournaments in Asia and Mauritius...

Thank you for your support during this difficult year!

Vilamoura, Saturday 17 October 2015

Tough conditions but solid game, could have seized opportunities on 2 or 3 birdies attempts, surely on 13 and 14 and the bogey on 16 was clearly one that could be avoided... It was my first hole...

Tomorrow, same schedule, Breakfast at 6.00, shotgun at 8.00... Hoping the weather gets not to nasty, like last year... Playing with Thomas Pieters, Bombers together trying to go as low as possible...

Vilamoura, Friday 16 October 2015

16 good holes and 2 holes with 3 balls in water... Painful...

Shotgun start at 8.00 AM (for everybody), an heavy storm is on his way from Madeira and will hit the Algarve around 13.00, I hope they are wright and that we will be safe for then...

Thomas Pieters is in a driving seat perfectly placed after 2 rounds, who knows, he can win his 3rd event in 5 tournaments!

Finger crossed for a low round tomorrow, a good one will bring me to Turkye... Let's aim for that opportunity..

Vilamoura, Thursday 15 October 2015

Always good to make clear that Belgians are not only good in Football, tennis, or Hockey...

Good round even if 2 or 3 drives were off line on the back nine. 4 putts more could have fall in, certainly on the 2 last holes... But it's a good start on a course that suits my eyes even if the rough is quite punishing!

Thomas Pieters is there also. Good to be together against so many players. Tomorrow is another day and like they like to say on television: "it's never easy to follow a great score with another good one!"...

The Road is so long till Sunday night and the weather forecast looks so bad for the week-end, that patience will be needed. We had already some fog delay this morning... Tomorrow 12.40 from the first tee.

Vilamoura, Wednesday 14 October 2015

Pro-Am day with a wonderful sunshine and an exceptional blue sky as the Algarve coast can produce! But bad weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday. I hope we can avoid last year scenario... It's so nice just now...

Vilamoura, Tuesday 13 October 2015

Fine tuning today on the range and on the putting green. Some driving session on the range, spend also some time with Alex Levy discussing about drivers and driving...

Great night with Thomas Pieters, Vincent and Pedro Oriol, the Spanish player from Madrid. We had the chance to follow the match. The 3-1 was nice to follow on television... One message to Wesley Sonck: "Next time Thomas and myself are in Belgium for a match of our National Team, we are counting on you for some cool tickets. Don't worry Wesley, we'll do the same for you for golf".


Portugal Masters - Oceanico Vilamoura - Algarve
85 227 7-Oct-2015

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Just paying the price of playing too many tournaments, i clearly ran out of steam, legs too tired and it becomes then very difficult to keep my swing in rhythm. And then it's open doors to offline shots on the tees... It's sad, but it's sport!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Marquess is a tough test in wet conditions. So difficult to judge the spin on the greens... I needed to chip and putt from outside the green quite a lot. Some were fringe work other from a little further.

Overall good to finish the day with a bogey free round. No as much birdies I would hope so but it's a patient walk till Sunday night... My first holes were scrappy, not enough fairways and not enough greens, had to play my best to avoid to give a shot to the course there...

Two Belgians are on top of the distance today, Thomas 311 yards and myself 304,5, the Callaway Belgian Bombers have done it again... Unfortunately, we don't have the opportunity to play many drives. Too many trees and doglegs are preventing to choose tight lines... We have both high trajectories, that's the key to make huge differences from the tee.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

When they set up a big tournament in England, it's always pinpoint organized! Congrats... And on a pro-am day, it's already full of spectators (in France they are closed Wednesday, Kids cannot enter, I can't understand that).

The Marquess course course is a wonderful designed course on a perfect piece of undulated woodland. Even if it rained heavily till this morning, the course and the greens are in perfect shape. I found it very difficult to find the lines on those undulated greens, tough to read!

I took my old wedges for this tournament because I don't want to use new grooves to avoid the huge backspin caused by the wetness of the greens (but still they are fast!). My new wedges will wait for firmer surfaces...

I had great fun to play the pro-am today, with a good team, even if I could have made more birdies, but I was still in learning process on those treacherous greens...

Yesterday with a few fellow players, we went to visit the Red Bull Formula 1 center, 5 minutes from Woburn. It is so amazing. it's so big, so secret, so professional, so technological, so many engineers, ... They are manufacturing on site all their thousands pieces to build their cars, imagine how big it is... Really impressive...


British Masters Woburn
86 226 30-Sep-2015

St Andrews, Sunday 4 October 2015

After a double bogey thanks to 4 putts on my first hole, the 10th at St Andrews, I needed to squeeze the Old Course on the following 17 holes and the 7 following birdies were very welcome. This was a hot cut line at -6. The good news came at the 8th (my 17th hole) were I holed a 30 meters putt...

Quite cold this morning before my 4th round... Starting at the 10th again!

St Andrews, Friday 2 October 2015

Two rounds with some fine ball striking but also with a cold putter. A warmer one tomorrow and we play on Sunday! Carnoustie and Kingsbarns were superb courses but tomorrow I'll play one of my favorite in this planet: The Old Course of St Andrews, the Mecca of golf! Really looking forward...

St Andrews, Wednesday 30 September 2015

The home of Golf is an absolute Gem during the Indian summer. The light, the sky, the colors, the sea, the links, the club-house are unbelievable when the weather is as gorgeous as it is since the beginning of the week...

The format is a pro-am on 3 different courses, I'll play them in the following order: Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews. The cut will be decided on Saturday night and the 4th round will be played on the St Andrews Links. As it is a 1+1 pro-am, I'll play with M. Jeremy Ord, Founder and Chairman of the Dimension Data company, an internationally well known South African company, each day against another pair of players.

Tomorrow start at Carnoustie at 10.17.

Alfred Dunhill Links
87 225 24-Sep-2015

Sunday, 27 September 2015

When the birdies doesn't come early when you need them, then frustration and impatience are bogey's best friends...

A great back nine.... "proper" as we say in Brussels...

Thanks Mich for your help, this will pay in the future...

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Bad day @ work. Total off day. Only 11 greens in regulation and 7 putts below 6 feet have shaved the cup...When it's not your day...It's a pity, it was raining slightly, the course had no defense, I could have scored low, instead it's +2. Tomorrow much better!

Friday, 25 September 2015

A strategic round where I needed to go low but also to avoid the mistakes I did on 2 homes yesterday. The early birdies were welcome, but then I couldn't score on the 2 next par 5's. On the back nine, I had 2 key holes. The first was the eagle on 12, in 2 on the green and the second was the birdie on 17. As I was -5 and the cut would be -3 at that moment, I could lay up on 18 and accept the bogey avoiding a more penal score on that difficult hole. The 18 is a par 4 but is played in 4,65 during the second round which is very high!

Time now to refuel the body and the mind before the week-end after those 2 nerve-racking days...

Thursday, 24 September 2015

2 holes to forget, 3 drives missed, and 16 other good holes... +1 with 6 birdies, not easy! The hard lesson of tournament golf... I'll need to concentrate on the good moments trying to forget the bad ones... Minus 5 tomorrow is the minimum to have a chance playing in the week-end... Mich is enthusiastic to try the challenge with me, we'll see...

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

After playing the pro-am, it seems that this Bernhard Langer designed course will be under intense attack by the players this week. A lot of birdies opportunity even if the course is not short by no means, but at this time of the season, the ranking becomes so important that players are super-motivated on scoring! Even Beckenbauer, the patron of this course, will be very buzzy in defending this par 71 of nearly 6600 meters...

Present here in Bad Griesbach, Mich is quite happy of the work done since the KLM, my long game becomes sharper and sharper and that will help all the work I'm doing on the greens... finger crossed!

Porsche European Open Bad Griesbach
88 224 16-Sep-2015

Monza, Saturday 20 September 2015

There was definitely more to seize out of that Italian Open. But I couldn't find my mojo back on the greens. The long game is getting stronger and I will need more consistency on the greens next week in Germany to be on the podium...

Monza, Friday 18 September 2015 after round

Not in rythm for the first 11 holes but succeed to find if back before the end of the round... Still there for the last 2 rounds...

Monza, Friday 18 September 2015

What a nice feeling to see those golfballs falling finally in the hole...

Now I hope to keep the mojo going... Italy, Italy, Italy...

Monza, Wednesday 16 September 2015

Really alongside the famous F1 track in Monza, the Golf Club Milano is an old course (1928) perfectly tree lined. The course is not long but quite narrow. The perfect set for Francesco Molinari, Jimenez or Morrisson. For me , it will be "iron time" from the tees with some difficult strategy decisions on par 5's: trying to gain length from the tee or not... 1 more day to decide.

Great atmosphere in Italy as always, the food, the place, the cars, Milan and the Italians... It's Marco Crespi home course, he will give us some delicious tips for some restaurant at night.

Rolex plays a great role at the Open d'Italia and, with the years we became good friends playing together the pro-am...

Italian Open Golf Club Milano Monza Lombardia
89 223 14-Sep-2015

Zoute, Monday 14 September 2015

Some Portfolio Management today in Royal Zoute, 18 holes with 2pm clients...

Always nice to meet my old friends Philippe Feller (2pm CEO) and Quentin d'Ursel, by far the best Belgian golfplayer in Monaco ;o)))

Tomorrow early flight to Milan...

2pm Day at Royal Zoute
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Zandvoort, Sunday 13 September 2015

Awesome Thomas Pieters. Superb win in Holland (double pleasure)!

Zandvoort, Sunday 13 September 2015

Struggled yesterday, little better today but another cold day with the putter...

Young Pieters can have his day again and take that win also, I've told that on Tuesday during the press conference but nobody took it seriously... Watch him close today!

Zandvoort, Saturday 12 September 2015

Speaking about an off-day... Only 12 greens in regulation, more bogeys than birdies, 2 over par... Unfortunately, a day to forget before tomorrow...

Zandvoort, Friday 10 September 2015

A good second round with a warmer putter. 29 putts instead of 35 makes the difference. Altough I had a shaky start with a few ugly swings on Thursday, my last 10 holes yesterday were played with a good striking. It was quite windy in the late afternoon, the sea breeze was strong.

Today I kept the same mood but made some important modification that Mich proposed after the first round. And he was pinpoint pertinent as it was a good round, with 5 birdies and without any bogey. I'll take that everyday...

Zandvoort, Wednesday 9 September 2015

9 holes in the morning with Jacquelin and Bourdy and a long session on the driving range. I had asked Mich Vanmeerbeek to give his advice and on the swing and on the driver. He had to fine tune my position in front of the ball, the position of the ball and the action of the arms with less movement of te body, the 4 keys. Kennemer is quite narrow, very demanding for Bombers. The wind also plays a strong role in the scoring. So I need low, mid low and normal flights with the driver, with not much deviation. The new head Callaway Big Bertha 816 allows me to vary the height of the flights. I can't tee very low anymore but nevertheless, I have a great control of the flights. My good old Ian Dryden (from the Callaway truck) put a new Fujikura Speeder Motore VC 7.2 X, a black shaft. So I'm pretty excited with this new weapon.

Even next week at the Italian Open in Monza, the fairways will be narrow and tree lined, so I'm looking forward to see its behaviour in Monza too...

Tee off at 13.35 from the first.

Tonight the KLM Open has made some reservation in restaurants in Amsterdam and I will take my US agent Lance Young for dinner, a first time in Amsterdam for Lance, a must to do it with "parrain"! ;o) in a very nice italian restaurant...

Zandvoort, Tuesday 8 September 2015

Lovely day on the old Kennemer Links. Had one of the longest practice session ever before a pro-am: from 10.00 to 15.00! Daan Slooter, promoter of the KLM, has developed that great concept: 9 holes pro-am at 16.30. I had the opportunity to play with a member of the Royal Family Prof. Mr Pieter van Vollenhoven... We had a great game, and my famous partner liked the Belgian style: I played -6 in 9 holes, 4 birdies and 1 eagle! I used the new Big Bertha driver with a new shaft and it made wonders on the narrow Holland track...

Another day of practice tomorrow, I will play the last 9 holes at 9.55 with some French players and will give another go to the new driver to see how he behaves two days in a row...

With Thomas we were invited to a press conference. The Holland press is amazed about their neighbours who keep winning on Tour, we liked it and they were even more amazed that we get so good along together. We explained that this is Belgium summed up in two guys. There was also the fact that the Red Devils won again and Oranje lost last week-end. I could gently laugh about it with Ruud Gullit who likes to come on the Range and have a chat with us...

Overall a great atmosphere here in Kennemer, the course is in good shape with the exception of thousands of rabbits holes... I predict a lot of work for the referees... Great weather forecast till Friday!

I'll play Thursday from the first tee at 13.35 and Friday from the 10th at 8.35...

KLM Open Kennemer Golf Club
91 221 6-Sep-2015

Knokke, Sunday 6 September 2015

Great event organised for the benefit of three charities by Andy Hancock and his team (VAAV). Good crowd today in Knokke to witness our match between Thomas Pieters and Marcel Siem. Spectators really enjoyed the format, they saw a lot of good shots, a superb spirit and great comments...

I started slow today but finished in style, but Thomas won the match with a birdie on 18. We played fast, it was enjoyable. Good old Royal Zoute is always a pleasure, Marcel Siem did appreciate the course even if we could see that the fairways suffered from a dry summer.


Optima Kings of Golf - Royal Zoute Golf Club
92 220 25-Aug-2015

Prague, Sunday 30 August 2015

And what about that Win of Thomas, strong play, Belgian flag high, very of him, great stuff!!!! There will be a smell of champaign in the plane now...;o))

For my part, My swing had an off day, nothing clicked... but finally a good week when changing a putting grip!

Concentrating now for next week Kings of Golf playing with a new Champion and my good old friend Marcel...

Everybody at Royal Zoute next Sunday, 14h for 18 holes of Bombers Golf, 3 winners on the course...

Prague, Saturday 29 August 2015

A good 15 first holes before 2 bad shots at the end and 2 bogeys, but a win of 30 places today... Tomorrow will be windy day, they say... but I will try to go low as my efforts on the greens are paying off... It's not yet the full confidence but we're building up...

Thomas is still going strong, this course suits him really well, we'll cheer him up tomorrow!

Very sad day for my coach Jérôme as he lost his father last night, all my thoughts for him and his family...

Prague, Friday 28 August 2015

Very nervously tiring afternoon when you need to wait for 6 hours if you're in or not... But I had time to spend on the puttinggreen with Brian on those 15 feet putts that shaved the hole during the 2 first rounds...

Thomas had find the holes rather easily, good course for him, he has definitely a great opportunity to chase his first win. Pierre (we call him Piet) is also with us for the week-end. Belgians are known now for being Bombers on the course. Three musketeers for the week-end.

I heard it's good weather for the last day of the International Juniors in Ravenstein, good luck for everybody there. Our Junior Bombers are rather tired, as usual they played too much in the summer...

Prague, Thursday 27 August 2015

Stick to my new putting technique, not yet successful, but we'll keep knocking on that door...

Pieters has found the birdies, it's maybe his tournament, he also likes the long courses. Go Thomas..

Prague, Tuesday 25 August 2015

Arrived yesterday night with Thomas Pieters. We practiced together today.

Prague is a lovely city. This tournament a once again a great effort done by a continental country...

Worked hard last week-end with my team to adjust my putting. I finally accepted Jérôme (backed a long time ago by Mich) vision on correcting my flow lines (aiming too much to the left). So I will go for the Cross Handed putting grip. My team is quite enthusiastic about it, so is Brian too!

With the Odyssey staff (thanks Seamus), we find a perfect grip Super stroke, FLAT SO 1.0.

Other players like Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler (on short putts) or Jim Furyk are using this same technique... Not easy to step from my traditionnal grip to the new one, but the enthusiasm around me must receive a real go!

Thursday 13.05 with Peter Uilhein and Greg Bourdy.

Czech Open D + D Real Albatros Golf Resort
93 219 21-Aug-2015

Himmerland GC, Friday 21 August 2015

-1 that could have been much better, a tricky lie on my 18th and the ball ended in the pond... Playing very good, with 15 greens in regulation...

Great atmosphere here in Denmark where the public plays a wonderful role. Hole 16 is the place to be... This tournament is a perfect example of the future of golf on the continent. Emphasis on the public, good course, fun for everybody! This is also THE week for my friends Thomas Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen (His real first name is Jacob)!

Good practice session with Thomas after the game, we're playing close to each other...

Unfortunately Thomas Detry lost in play-off on the second round of the US Amateur...Good tournament though... On his learning process, getting better each week... Great work last 2 weeks with our coaching team: Mich and Jérôme. He's ready now for his last University year in Illinois...



Denmark Open - Himmerland GC
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Brussels, Sunday 9 August 2015

There are some good news, Shane Lowry' splendid win that can be overcast by very sad news. RIP Brian McFeat, I'm quite sad to hear the passing of the One & Only Brian McFeat, a real character, one of the guys that made everyday life on The European Tour what it is... I have known Brian since my first day on Tour and will miss our weekly 5 min chats from now on. Thx for all u have done my friend

Brussels, Saturday 8 August 2015

Well done Belgian Champions Junior Bombers! Finger crossed for Thomas Detry...

Brussels, Friday 7 August 2015

I've played with Thomas Pieters in Houthalen without my coaches because they are in Slovakia at the Penati Golf Resort with Thomas Detry. Come on Belgium!!! Mich and Jérôme are with him for his second big upgrade week in the year. the first one was in Dubai in January and the second is now during this European Individual Championship. Since his return mid June, Thomas Detry is coached to reach a new level of performance, this is all part of a big plan to enhance his potential. Like for all the Junior Bombers this is a exciting process...

Mathieu Feron is doing quite well like other Juniors that we are following...

For my part, I'm excited in playing in the the next tournaments on the European tour, it's gonna be intense but I will be prepared and motivated to score well ... September will be important!

Brussels, two Training weeks
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Aberdeen Saturday 1 August 2015

Tried everything but I needed more birdies. Marc Warren had a perfect match play display around the turn, with 3 birdies nearly in a row. After that he didn't open the door and all my birdie chances went passed the hole...

Nevertheless, a good tournament.

Two weeks of break before Denmark and Prague!

Aberdeen, Friday 31 July 2015

Solid golf today, great win for the confidence. Tomorrow, another solid player to play against: Marc Warren.

Murcar golf is a great test. Not a long course, that's why I'm the last of the long hitters, but the rough is penal... and the temperatures are still on the winter side... Strong breeze also...

I hope to play 2 rounds today, match play at his best!

Aberdeen, Thursday 30 July 1015

Must salute Paul Lawrie for this tournament, great initiative.

Won my first match against an always solid Greg Bourdy but Scotland and match play makes me also play quite solidly. The work done in the last week begans to pay off.

The team welcomes this week Brians' wife and my dad in real scottish weather...

Saltire Energy Match Play by Paul Lawrie Scotland
96 216 20-Jul-2015

Crans Montana, Monday 20 July 2015

Played the Flory van Donck Pro-Am today here in Crans Montana. For me it's a different Monday start than usual, but I would have rather played a Monday finish at the Open!

Good memories here last year, so in the mood for a good week!

Omega Masters Crans Montana
97 215 7-Jul-2015

Gullane, Sunday 12 July 2015

Played good golf but didn't hole as many putts as I wanted to, I really needed more birdies on the front nine. 3 birdies and 1 eagle on the front nine is not enough during this tournament. One week of training now, before Switzerland in Crans-Montana, my next tournament.

Gullane, Friday 10 July 2015

Gone with the first tee-offs this morning, I had to wait till the last player came in to be sure on playing the week-end or not. I was so disappointed yesterday night after that having scored +3, that this morning I had made the check out  at the hotel (what I never do!) at 5.00 in the morning. My luggage had to wait for me in the changing room...

On the second tee, a par 5, I made a great drive, followed by an iron shot on the green. 2 quite putts and I could finally wrote down my first birdie on the the tournament. Then I cruised with some pars, not feeling totally confident on the greens before the back nine where I came closer to the flags and more successful with the birdies. Still missed birdies on 10-14 and 17 (beautiful tee shot 7 feet from the hole). The finishing hole was kindlier and I made there an important birdie (6 meters putt!!!). Quite happy to make this cut.

Let's play links golf this week-end!

Gullane, Tuesday 7 July 2015

Arrived yesterday night, early start today, at 7 on the course...

Really excited to discover this course, never played this one, but I heard so many great comments,

Links Golf is always a different story, two days now to adapt my game...

Scottish Open by Aberdeen Asset Management
98 214 30-Jun-2015

Brussels, 4th July 2015

A lovely Independence Day to all my fellow American friends...

Golf National, Friday 3 July 2015

The 1 and 2nd hole killed me... hopefully I could show some birdies to the Belgian crowd, thanks to them all, it was very hot, they all were courageous! Congrats and have a safe trip home...

A week-end in Belgium and I'll fly Monday to Scotland!

Golf National, Thursday 2 July 2015

Thunderstorms in the morning didn't bring much luck on the greens... Not enough birdies, too easy bogeys.

I need to make a few birdies tomorrow to be able to play on the week-end... and it will be once again quite hot... these are very long days...

Golf National, Wednesday 1 July 2015

7.30 on the range with Mich Vanmeerbeek and Pete Cowen, do you think I was surrounded by enough quality persons? Quite interesting hearing those two speaking the same language...

Well, it(s so hot here, 35° no wind, that I decided to practce till 11.30 before it gets too hot...

Tomorrow 8.50 at the 10!

PICTURES BY Philippe Gaudy (Gallery/Open de France/ Tuesday + Wednesday)

Golf National, Tuesday 30 June 2015

Great pro-am day with a lovely Rolex team. Always fun to chat with people coming from different horizons...

The course is immaculate, dry and fast. they did a great job cleaning some surroundings...

I learned that they hired a Spanish greenkeeper, congrats for the work!

Open de France ALSTOM Golf National
99 213 24-Jun-2015

München, Friday 26 June 2015

-2 was not enough... The 16th killed my card but I tried everything on the 2 next holes...

Home for the week-end, then Paris and the golf National for a very hot week, suncream and and a lot of water mandatory.

München, Thursday 25 June 2015

First round, 1 under with 6 birdies. The game is still better than the score, patience,

München, Tuesday 23 June 2015

This is the first phase of an important trio: Germany - France - Scotland. In the past, I only performed well in Scotland, just before the Open. The BMW here in München is super organized tournament under the supervision of Marco Kaussler, who will be in charge of the Ryder Cup race in 2022 for Germany!

Great field, a lot of big guns who returned from Chambers Bay, and a strong german armada!

I feel good, in good form, I had a great break last week, Jérome Theunis is with me this week to check the technical part of the game, before those 3 weeks, Mich will be there next week!

BMW International German Open München
100 212 16-Jun-2015

München, The Kings of Distance, 18 June 2015

A big hitters'day organized by Callaway in München, they call it the "Kings of Distance"!

Not the most pleasing weather but a great atmosphere with Englishman Joe Miller, the unbeatable long hitter, Alvaro Quiros and Thomas Pieters. We all had great fun and the pubic loved it, proud to be a member of the Callaway staff players, a really good organized event.

Nice to see another Callaway man on top of the leaderbord at Chambers Bay: Henrik Stenson.

Brussels, 17 June 2015

Great coaching day and a nice round at Royal Waterloo where the course is in splendid conditions. Played there with my father, Brian Nilsson and Rick Elion, we all had great fun.

Tomorrow, Munchen, with the Callaway Kings of Distance! The big hitter Joe Miller will be there also, he's unbeatable... Young Pieters will be there also and the 4th player will be Alvaro Quiros! Quite heavy European Tour powder!!!

On Friday, I'll have the opportunity to play with the 11th player in the World Ranking (Amateurs): Thomas Detry. Looking forward to that training session with Mich and Jérôme sharing experiences with TD...

Brussels, 16 June 2015

After a disappointing last week of tournament on that well organized Lyoness Open in Austria, time to break after 5 weeks on Tour. It's US open time in Chambers Bay. This course makes a lot of buzz, interesting to see how this Major will be played... This course looks more like a British open venue, it's a bit strange for the USGA, but certainly open minded. I'm looking forward to see the outcome and the comments...

Fine to see great weather in Belgium, the Belgian Challenge Tour had also great conditions. This sunshine is perfect for the Knauf day today and a good chance to see the new club house again and to strive against those fast and undulated greens... Allways great welcome in Sart Tilman...


Training week Belgium
101 211 9-Jun-2015

Diamond CC, Thursday 11 June 2015

Played ok all day, it's quite firm here on this Diamond course, I'm only using the Callaway "Mini Driver". Unfortunately I had an horrible bounce on the 14th par 3 a few feet off the green with a 4 iron. Stuck in a bush, mu only option was to come back to the tee and playing a unplayable ball, another 4 iron and 2 putts. 4 birdies on the back nine secured me a -2 score...

Diamond CC, Tuesday 9 June 2015

We, players, are quite fortunate to have so many countries organizing an event with such a wonderful energy. In this case it's Green energy! The promotors are doing their very best for the tournament success. We are in Bernd Wiesberger country and his game is in great shape for the moment. He's a momentum player and when he begans a birdie streak, there's a lot of red figures coming on his card... Spectacular player. The Austrian will share my tee time in company with a very nice and gentle player out France : Gary Stal.

I'm really looking forward to play this event because I need to ignate my "momentum" on the Tour, a couple of top 10 will help before the important threesome: Germany, France and Scotland!

Lyoness Greenfinity Austrian Open
102 210 2-Jun-2015

Malmö, Sunday 7 June 2015

Finished 7th, holed a nice putt on the 72nd hole. Good tournament, still too many opportunities left on the greens, surely, the 2 first days, but Sweden has always been nice to me. another examples that golfers always play well in same circumstances...

Tomorrow flight to Vienna, trying to build some momentum before the Germany - France - Scotland stretch!

Malmö, Saturday 6 June 2015

Two weeks now with a lot of wind... This is my best scoring day since a while... On more round...

Malmö, Friday 5 June 2015

Finally! I'm so close...

Malmö, Tuesday 2 June 2015

A bit warmer than Ireland but so so weather, the forecast is better, told me Brian.

Great program, a lot of public and Junior golf, always nice here in Sweden, very educated public also, a pleasure to be in contact with. Makes this Open quite special!

I enjoyed Thomas Detry podium at the NCAA individuals last night, Illinois finishing first of the 72 holes qualification. three more good days of match play and they can become champion!


Nordea Masters Sweden PGA National
103 209 27-May-2015

County Down, Friday 29 May 2015

One weak tee shot on my 18 hole and the cut is missed by one! Very disappointed because my game is much better than my score would show. Time to keep on practicing, I'm off to Gleneagles to a great practice range and Monday I'll fly to Sweden.

Changed my program and I'm delighted to play in Austria in two weeks. The Lyoness Austrian Open, here I come. I'm playing too well and need to transform my game into scoring low... I will make a break during the US Open week...

County Down, Thursday 28 May 2015

Tough day out there! One regret: the 12, the par 5 where par or birdie are better issues than the bogey signed on my card. Didn't as many greens I would have hoped so. It's a course you need to respect or it punishes you inevitably...

Played my 2 Iron from the tees very often against the wind, too tight fairways and too much wing to try for the driver.... the Callaway mini Driver is very efficient...

Let's hope for some decent weather tomorrow morning!

County Down, Wednesday 27 May 2015

First of all, this is a legendary piece of land for golf. Protected by the imposing Mourne mountain and along the Dundrum Bay, the site is eye catching. Also a natural reserve, the links are famous, they've been designed by Old Tom Morris, Harry Colt (Royal Zoute also) and Donald Steel, a trio of illustrious names.

The light here can be like nowhere else.

The Slieve Donard hotel is part of the legend, so many great golfers, famed or anonymous, have stopped here to play Royal County Down.

BUT when the wind blows like it is now, that beautiful lady becomes a Beast!!! I previewed it and asked in the trucks a 1 iron 2 weeks ago in Spain. it's in the bag again! If the weather stays like that, you'll see scores in the 80's!

Pro-am this afternoon, a bit late but I'm playing also late on Thursday.

Irish Open Royal County Down
104 208 19-May-2015

Walton Heath, Monday 25 May 2015

Well, I must admit that I felt quite tired in the afternoon. Looking back to the morning round, I had to sustain the momentum but killed it with a double bogey... Anyway, it was a good try for this US Open...

Short night again before taking the plane for Belfast at 7.15 tomorrow morning... Really looking forward to play Royal County Down one of the nicest links on earth!

Wentworth, Sunday 24 May 2015

Overall a great week... on 17 holes! My game is building up and even if the 11th hole has been costly (6 strokes lost), this tiring week ends up with a top 25 on our biggest event in Europe (except The Open).

But tomorrow, 36 holes US Open qualification. Tee time at 8.30 with my good friend Emiliano Grillo. A good flight. Emiliano is one of my favourite young striker of the ball...

Thanks to the Belgian supporters and Frank for the pictures...

Great win from An, 65 to win the BMW PGA in Wentworth, congrats.

This is our Flagship tournament, congrats also to BMW for hosting such a nice event, the tented Village and the organisation were really Waow! Really proud to be a member of the European Tour!

Wentworth, Saturday 23 May 2015

A bit disapointed on birdies on the first 9. Another birdie that didn't drop on 10 annoyed me till the 11th tee and I lost my 3 wood tee shot and scored a double bogey. But overall, this tournament is so far encouraging, not a bad idea to find some form back during our flagship tournament.

Great crowd once again.

Wentworth, Friday 22 May 2015

It was not easy to put on those greens this afternoon, thery were marked and very slow. It rained this morning and the poa wad growing unevenly like usual with that type of grass.

Good to make it for the week-end...

More Pictures on the GALLERY from Frank Vuylsteke

Wentworth, Thursday 21 May 2015

Lovely display of long game today... I could have signed a card of 65 if I hadn't lost my confidence on the short putts in the last 5 holes... Could have done with a better finish! Good for an afternoon wth lots of drills...

Let's have a better day tomorrrow even if it's never easy on the afternoon marked greens...

Wentworth, Tuesday 19 May 2015

Today is the launching of the 2015 Kings of Golf! As you know, the organizers asked me to invite two players for a spectacular 18 holes at Royal Zoute. This year, I'm going for a Bombers encounter. For some hot driving, I'm glad to invite Marcel Siem and Thomas Pieters. The German will be under some pression surrounded by the big hitting Belgians but nobody better than him can compete in that kind of situation.

Fore more info: Kings of Golf, Royal Zoute, 5-6 September, www.kingsofgolf.be

I arrived here on Saturday night and practiced on Sunday and had an 18 holes match against Marcel Siem who never refuses a good match with good stakes! He's a fantastic gamer but left the 18th green a bit lighter.

The quite smart Ian Dryden from Callaway made me a strong 3 wood 12° for Wentworth and gave it to me in Spain. I used it on Sunday and I'm impressed with it.

I used the same club on Monday at Walton Heath for a practice round. Played there with my buddy Tom De Raedt and his friends. We had some sunshine, a delight. Also, the strong 3 wood will definitely go in the bag after two successful tests.

Today, practice, short game and putting green drills to build that confidence that needs to be strenghtened. And also 9 more holes, maybe 18, depending the speed of play and the weather in Wentworth...

BMW PGA Wentworth
105 207 12-May-2015

El Prat, Saturday 16 May 2015

Enjoyed the splendid weather and the quality driving range here in Barcelona to practice from 9.00 to 15.00, then flew to Wentworth to play 18 holes this Sunday and hoping also for a quite practice. As from Monday, the driving Range is packed and it's not easy to practice peacefully with the flightscope for example...

Still very disapointed about this last Friday...

More pictures on the Gallery

El Prat, Friday 15 May 2015

A nightmare from the first! It's gonna be training each day till Wentworth and also we'll pay a visit to Walton Heath to prepare the Qualification for the US Open on Monday 25 May.

El Prat, Thursday 14 May 2015

There was more than -1 to pull out this course this morning... but the game is quite good, I'm pleased with the way I'm hitting the ball. Very overcast morning today and then it became very hot, hopefully the wind is always rising around noon. Scores in the morning are better because the course is more souple thanks to the irrigation...

Tomorrow, I'll play in the afternoon with more wind and greens with a lot of markings. As I start from the first, I'll chase a few birdies before the turn. One thing for sure, it's not because the leader is at -7 that the final score will be 4 times this score, this course has a good defense...

El Prat, Wednesday 13 May 2015

Pro-Am day with the Captain of the Spanish National Team, an happy man, recently European Team Champion 2 years in a row 2013-14 (he appreciates Thomas Detry within the Belgian amateurs). Today, I fine tuned the strategy off the tee because I discovered some new tees that weren't there 4 years ago and the Tour may use them... 

Spend also some time on the range to fit a strong 3 wood for the following weeks. Wentworth is a course where I rarely can hit the driver, so I'm thinking about it and Brian Nilsson was also keen on testing this new gear...

It's still quite hot, here in Catalunya, over the 30°, 8° more than normal...

"Young Pieters" suffers from heyfever, I know the feeling, it's full of pollen in the air, he says that it doesn't bother him too much, but I can see that his eyes are a bit swollen... and it won't rain in the next days... Good luck Dude...

El Prat, Tuesday 12 May 2015

What a pleasure to be in Catalunya, on that great El Prat new course designed by Greg Norman. We arrived on Monday afternoon, and I spent straight away 3 hours on the practice range. Such a beautiful sunshine and perfect grass, I couldn't resist to work till 8.30 at night.

And today, first interview at 7.30 and then a had 9 holes and a lot of training all day long. Had lunch with young Pieters, having a lot of stories and films from his sister wedding last week-end!

Quite a tough track this week, I played here before in 2011, a few weeks after my first win in China! You can't be short on the greens or you can spin off the greens, sometimes 50 meters away...

Great to see Sergio Garcia (who nearly won the Players on Sunday), Miguel Angel Jimenez and Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, all the Spanish players are of course here. They are taking me to fantastic food places, houuuu love that!

Pro-Am tomorrow in the morning, a good opportunity to fine tune the feelings of this course...

Don't hesitate to look at the Gallery the pictures taken today by Philippe Gaudy...

Spanish Open El Prat Barcelona
106 206 7-May-2015

Belgium, Thursday 7 May 2015

Quite a buzzy week, I enjoyed the super organized Knauf Day in Joyenval, thank you Lothar Knauf, Serge Azaïs and Yann Ditsch ... and the charity day on Wednesday at Hulencourt for "La tête hors de l'eau", always a pleasure to help children in need. Thank you Victor Swart for your contribution and Alain Brandeleer (La tête hors de l'eau) and James Beckman (Hulencourt) for the organization.

The good news for me is that my game is tuned. Yesterday night we spend some quality time with Mich at the practice range on a windy Royal Waterloo. Today, some more driving practice on a course...

On Monday, it was a real pleasure to discover the Tom Simpson designed Mortfontaine. They kept the design and the spirit of Simpson on all bunkers and greens, the heather is still all over the place. They didn't let the trees invade the course, it's still quite open, the trees are sparse. This must be an inspiration place for all the Simpson designed courses in Belgium.

Training before flying to Spain El Prat
107 205 4-May-2015

Paris, Monday 4 May 2015

Back in Europe... Finally! Enjoyed some training this week in Royal Waterloo and Hulencourt but just now it's Paris for two days with my partner Knauf. And before going to Joyenval, I will enjoy 18 holes in Mortfontaine, a masterpiece designed by Tom Simpson in 1927, with my olf friend Marc Antoine Farry, the Pope of French Golf ;o)...

Great win Rory! Europe on top...Great move from Dany Willett...

By the way, Happy Birthday Rory...


Knauf Day Joyenval Paris
108 204 22-Apr-2015

Shangai, Wednesday 22 April 2015

Great memories with the Volvo China, my first win on the European Tour in 2011.

After a 2 month trip, this is my last week before a comeback to Belgium. Let's make it a good one. The good news is that I prefer the grass here in Shangai, not as grainy as last week...

Volvo China Open
109 203 14-Apr-2015

Genzon GC, Tuesday 14 April 2015

What a stunning performance Jordan Spieth... Congrats for your well deserved Green Jacket! Great last round Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter... well done Europe...

My first time here at Genzhon, Levy won here last year with Brian "Bo" Martin on his side!

Good to be back on Tour and to shake so many hands... Love it...

Shenzen International
110 202 11-Apr-2015

Royal Hills, Sunday 12 April 2015

Finished second after a playoff. Had a good day, -5, against a good field firing for low scores. -8, -6, -5's all over the score board... My only bogey came at the first playoff hole because of a drive, pushed right, I had to plays sideways under a tree, there came the bogey... Sad but with Brian we will keep one shot in mind: the chip on 18. 26 feet downhill, a lot of players would have choosen the putter (I would also a few months ago), but I took the sandwedge and had a go at it under the presssion of the crowd. A super smooth chip that ended next to the cup!

Great experience here, everybody seems happy of their week. The European Tour starts again next week in China, really looking forward to compete again and to see my Tour friends once again, it's been a long time ago, a lot of stories to be shared...

The Masters is so unpredictable, last year Spieth was leading by four on Sunday morning, but Bubba won... This year Spieth is stronger and more experienced, still 4 strokes ahead... But Rose and Mickelson can take their chances...

Royal Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Saturday 11 April 2015

No wonder there are so many good Thai golf players! The country has his own Tour with a great organization and superb courses. The standards are quite high and the level of performance is demanding. To play well you need your A game!

I seized the opportunity to be invited (I'm quite lucky and thankful to Singha), at the Singha Classic 2015 at Royal Hills Gold Resort & Spa because it's perfectly placed on my schedule, just after a too long break and just before the Chinese swing, next week and the week after... I'm back on track and solved the jetlag problematic...

Thailand is my second house, I enjoyed those two last weeks! Brian Nilsson and his lovely wife Fhon are making this week very special: golf, charity with juniors, food, music, friends, can't be thankful enough for their hospitality.

It's also Masters week, not easy too follow with the jet lag but Jordan is impressive, and I'm quite pleased to see Rose, Garcia and my good friend Hoffman up on the board, and I must say that Tiger's performance after those tough months is also spectacular.

Personally, I feel fine during this tournament so far after 3 rounds at -9 (18 birdies yet). The new driver Callaway Big Bertha Alpha Double Diamond makes wonders with the Mitsubishi Rayon XT 80 Flex 80 shaft (a 1/4 inch shorter). Mich Vanmeerbeek was right: with each new driver's head you need a different shaft to match with it, finally we've find the good blend and I like it very much... Today, I hitted all fairways that's why I had only one bogey... One more round to go on Sunday...

Singha Classic 2015 - Thailand
111 201 27-Mar-2015

Phuket, Friday 27 March 2015

Those 3 weeks in Florida were very interesting. Played golf every day, sometimes more than 36 holes. The Bears in Jupiter next to West Palm Beach has everything a Touring Pro needs for his training with greens up to 13 on the stimpmeter! Thank you very much, Sandro Piaget, for your welcome at your home and for your commitment on being a perfect sparring partner, it was not easy to take your money on the golf course.

Mikko Ilonen, Alexander Noren, Thomas Pieters, Alexander Levy (and some others US Tour pro's) were also tough opponents to beat but the Swiss Belgian Team booked a lot of success... 

Played a few time with the very competitive Michael Jordan, tough to beat because of the quality of his short game, an asset for somebody who hates to loose... What a sense of competitiveness in the heat of the game, you could feel you were playing with a great champion!!! Loved your music and your cigar MJ...

A new Callaway driver may find his way into my bag, the Double Black Diamond with a new shaft has proved his efficency so far, I will test him on the Singha Tour in Bangkok before the 2 tournaments in China. To be confirmed.

Played with young Pieters at the Bears and he displayed some impressive bunker shots, he's really amazing in the sand!. Another Belgian doing well in Florida is Thomas Detry, 3rd at the Floridian, once more highest ranked player of his team, Illinois, N° 1 team in the States for the moment. He's building his game up, the serious stuff begins in May!

Going to bay Hill, I gathered with my "family" on the PGA Tour, the boys from the Callaway truck, fun to to see them, they were my island of smiles when I had tough times over there...

Discovered the new Titleist ball at the Honda Classic and they are already in the bag, another great Pro V1x this 2015 millesime.

My Program: Masters week, I'll play on the Singha Tour in Bangkok followed by the 2 tournaments in China.

Tomorrow: Come on Belgium ... in Football (our Football not the US one).


Fitness in Thailand after Golf in Florida
112 200 8-Mar-2015

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Arrived here on Thursday after a last goodbye to a great Lady...

Time to practice to be ready in China, after a first tournament in Bangkok on the Singha Tour where I received an invitation thanks to Brian Nilsson 's wife, my next two tournaments will be the Schenzen and Volvo China Open,

Hope to see maybe the two Thomas's (Pieters and Detry) who are also in the States. So proud of Detry's win in Louisiana at -13 with 66 on the last round and a 6 strokes margin...

Here at the Bears, I will try some new equipment from DUNNING and a member of the Callaway staff will present me the new drivers to test. Looking forward to find a new tool, we will arrive in 2 month in the hart of the season when the Tour will land in Europe, and I want to play the new drivers for that period.

Florida Training The Bears
113 199 10-Feb-2015

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

After those 4 first tournaments, time for a break with Raph Jacquelin, a mixt of hollyday and sport to keep the fitness.

Then more than three  weeks at The Bears in Florida before two good weeks in Thailand with a training week together with Marcel Siem and a tournament on the Singha Tour around Bangkok as final preparation before the two tournaments in China... But this calendar may change in accordance on how I'm playing...

Break Winter and training in Florida and Thailand
114 198 3-Feb-2015

Kuala Lumpur, Saturday 7 February 2015

After an useless Friday, that -5 of today was a good one. Starting on the 10, Brian told after the round that we could have scored birdies on each of the 9 last holes (from 1 to 9)... True that we peppered the flags and the 4 birdies left on greens were from less than 12 feet... but regrets are for journalists, we can only go forward with the real score and continue our routine till the confidence brings more regularity in the rounds...

Kuala Lumpur, Thursday 5 February 2015

It was very windy in the afternoon... not a bad opening score, one of the 5 best in the afternoon and the 5th score in total...

I lost a ball on the 18th but managed to make a birdie with the second ball... 'k ben content...

Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Vincent: Time is flying by, 4th tournament and we are already in February...

Total different atmosphere in hot and humid Asia, the green vegetation, the food, the culture... That's what Nicolas likes on The European Tour, the ever changing scenery and setting...

Today was the pro-am day, unusual on a Tuesday but good to check the course before another preparation day...

Starting times are out, Nicolas is playing with Alvaro Quiros and the 20 years old Black Mountain GC Thai Professional Jazz Janewattananond, a long hitter starting times for the crowd...

Maybank Malaysian Open
115 197 28-Jan-2015

Dubai, Sunday 1 February 2015

Some good streaks and some bad ones, but this Desert swing is still a good start of the season. The swing is ok, the short game is improving and I will need a lot of putting drills to recover my full confidence. My workplan and routines are clearly defined, repetition, intensity and commitment are the values that will lift my game to the upper level.

Flying  to Malaysia now, going from a dry climat to a warm and humid one... Good memories there in Kuala Lumpur where I could have won last year without the brillant display of Lee Westwood!

Dubai, Friday 30 January 2015

Everything was not pink today, a black day with the putter ... 2 more days to go low...

Dubai, Thursday 29 January 2015

Solid round. All credit on Mich Vanmeerbeek for the quality of my long game. This Emirates course asks for long and precise driving with also great long irons. That's why you see guys like McIlroy, Westwood, Gallacher Kaymer, etc, playing well... Not my first 65 here but it was 14 years ago, during my first participation in 2001, Mich was already there and I was more than a rookie...

Young Pieters looked to appreciate this course also, his strong long game is the key here!

All the big guns are there, up on the leaderboard, and a long way to go...

Dubai, Wednesday 28 January 2015

Pro-am day today on an early shot gun tee times, I like that. Mich Vanmeerbeek did the last fine tuning on my swing. We discussed also on the best landing zones on the par 5. Because of the wind change - 180° change, from the land in the morning and a stronger breeze from the see, the wind swap starting between 10 and 11 AM - we need to find the right strategy with the two winds. On the 4 par 5's, I have 3 blind landing zones, sometimes the 3 wood will be used with less chance to get in 2 on the greens because those par 5's are well defended against long driving...

Very strong field here at the Emirates this week: Stenson, Kaymer, McIrloy, Mc Dowell, Oosthuizen, Garcia, Els, Gallacher, Illonen or Grace. With all those names, it's a little Major on the European Tour!

Dubai Desert Classic - Emirates Golf Club
116 196 21-Jan-2015

Dubai, Sunday 25 January 2015

A good arabian week-end (Friday-Saturday), finished 13th. it could have been better because I was going for the low score at the end. A bit unfortunate on 16 (no birdie), 7 feet on 17 for birdie (lip out) and 15 feet for eagle on 18...

Once again great to play with the Big Easy Ernie Els, the perfect partner, with his incredible inspiring rythm...

Flew Saturday night to Dubai, good to have one day off, before the last desert week on the Emirates course!

Doha Thursday 22 January 2015

Off a very bad start, driving wise. Double on the first hole and necer been near the flag on my regulation shots. I thought that I never would made the cut, I misses so many cuts by one on the last 2 years...

But, you know, Doha is not a piece of cake, even without wind, it proved to be a tough test, cut at -1!

Tomorrow I'll need to find fairways, then pins, then birdies... to climb this ladder...

Doha, Wednesday 21 January 2015

Well, well, well, not as windy as it can be, but enough wind to disturb the way you design your shots in Qatar than the high shots we can play in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Not that warm neither...

2 shorts putts missed asked for a long session on the putting green after the round, all set now...

Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
117 195 7-Jan-2015

Abu Dhabi, Monday 19 January 2015

What a scenario, what an extraodinary performance from Gary Stal, such a lovely person, well deserved on the way he mastered the greens in Abu Dhabi!

Good tournament for Thomas Pieters, top 5 finish is always a key of great form.

My 4 days were uneven, scoring wise. The long game is getting there whilst the putter is still a bit rusty... But overall, i'm not disapointed, the confidence is building, the preparation was appropriate, let's go next week to the more windy Doha to confirm the progress in my game.

By the way, the desert stretch is a great start to the season and I found it also brillant to see the Commercial Bank extend their sponsorship of the @CBQatarMasters for another 3 years...

Abu Dhabi, Thursday 15 January 2015

Good start of the season, and "Young" Pieters (his surname on Tour) had even a much better one!

Great course, not too much wind, not to demanding, precise driving was compulsory...

The birdie on the first tournament hole of the year had a special taste, not as good as my first chip of the year on the 4th (Hole 13). Never been overdrived ;0))) today, with a few bombs and a costly quiet drive blocked at the 11th (Hole 2), good for my first double bogey of the season :0(((.

No bogeys ;0) today and 29 putts, to be confirmed in a near future...

Abu Dhabi, Wednesday 14 January 2015

Great to be back on the Europeantour. 

I arrived here in Abu Dhabi on Monday night with all my team: Mich, Jérôme and Vincent. We were last week in Dubai where we had a 6 days golf camp at the Emirates and Jumeirah Golf. Before that, I did a 12 days crossfit camp in Phuket (Thailand) on the Unit 27.

The Dubai camp was important to prepare the 2015 season. From driving to putting, all my game has been fine tuned, we did a lot of work also with the help of Pete Cowen and Mike Walker. We had also two invitees: Hughues Joannes and Thomas Detry!  They worked hard and appreciated the quality of work and the infrastructures (Thanks Wayne Johnson) we had choosed for this week. And on top of that the weather has been perfect all week.

Last week-end in Dubai we also met Thomas Pieters and his Illinois coach Mike Small (who also is the coach of the University Illinois team for Thomas Detry). So it was very profitable for Mike to learn what Tom Detry is working with us and I told Mike that I won't be surprised that Tom D. will have a great year, his game is really upgrading, I'm excited to follow his progress through the year... We played together with Thorbjorn Olesen who was also impressed by the game of our young Belgian Amateur!

Today I play the pro-am, let's move into a competitive mood, it's been nearly 2 months, I feel a little rusty but looking forward to that first round on Thursday with my Spanish friend and long hitter Alvaro Quiros!


HSBC ABU Dhabi
118 194 1-Jan-2015

Thailand, Thursday 1 January 2015

Best wishes for this new year, happiness, heath and success, that all your dreams come true!

Happy New Year 2015
119 193 17-Dec-2014

Hulencourt, Wednesday 17 December 2014

Last coaching day of the year with the Bombers with the hole staff (Mich, Jérôme, Blaise) and our guest star Dr Serge Balon-Perin, the well known Sport doctor specialized in nutrition. What to eat, what to drink, when to do it, Dr Balon Perin told us what all junior sportsmen should do. Earlier sportsmen have good diet, the better it is for their career and their health and fitness!

We did also some fitness. Since September we are working on our posture, not only in front of the ball, but also at school, on a chair, in the street... quite important, we'll keep on eye on it in 2015!

in the afternoon, Jérôme and Mich worked with all the Bombers on their putting and their swing, hopefully we had no rain and mild temperatures!

And in the morning, I met the Belgian press for a debriefing of 2014 and a preview of 2015!

With all the coaches, we would like to thank Hulencourt GC and Philippe Feller (2PM), who was present tonight, for their help on the success of this 2014 Junior Bombers' year!

Junior Bombers at Hulencourt with Dr Serge Balon Perin
120 192 11-Dec-2014

Thursday, 11 December 2014

It's for me quite difficult, certainly for somebody like me who travels so much, having all my European Tour communications and  the travel flights arrangement done by emails, to always have the right Mobile phone packages and to know all the roaming rules country by country. Proximus client service helped me out with different issues I had recently and I'm therefore quite thankful to them! When Belgian companies are good, we need to tell it!

Dominique Leroy, CEO Proximus, we don't know each other but if you need any help in the golf world, don't hesitate, my team and myself will be there!

Thank you Proximus
121 191 4-Dec-2014

Thursday, 4  December 2014

Played -2 today during the Afrasian Masters at Anahita in Mauritius, 1 stroke less than Heini Otto -3...

But before flying to Mauritius, and even if I didn't have much time in Belgium, I went to Spa to see the evolution of a real estate project that I share with Bertrand Baguette (Pilot Racing Super GT) and the duo Laurent Minguet and Serge Lejeune: "les Villas de Balmoral".

It's exciting because the three first appartments are nearly totally finished now (in total 4 villa's and 30 appartments). I quite like the look and feel and the atmosphere of the Resort. I did learn a lot during the building, like all the engeneering: Efficient insulation, double flow ventilation, heat pumps and boilers running on wood pellets live side by side in the same logical and discreet system, the open fires and high quality building materials of these thirty flats are certified as energy-saving.

Don't hesitate to have a look at the website and the photo galleries: www.villasbalmoral.be

Villas de Balmoral - Spa Belgium and latest news from Afrasian Masters Anahita Mauritius
122 190 30-Nov-2014

Anahita, Sunday 30 November 2014

Always an enjoyment to be in Anahita.

It has been a long season and it's quite nice to finish in Mauritius! This is a Pro-Am week where I will have the pleasure to play in shorts (I love to play golf in shorts).

I'm there with my new Big Bertha Double Diamond and I think that my amateur mates will love some of the lines that I'll play from the tees on this Ernie Els track. Great course, beautiful greens and the holes along the reef are simply gorgeous.

Let's wrap up this 2014 season ... finally in a relaxed mood!



Afrasian Masters Anahita Mauritius Four Seasons
123 189 19-Nov-2014

Dubai, Sunday 23 November 2014

A decent last round in 67 shots... Let's roll on, 2015 is ahead, 2 great years in perspective with the Olympic Games and The Ryder Cup... This 2014 season was quite difficult  sport wise and personal wise. Great last 3 months, I saved the season but now happy to look forward to the new year in 6 weeks time...

I'll fly tonight to NY to choose all my gear (clothes) for 2015 at Dunning. Will meet Frank Dunning and look what they prepared for next year!

Watch out the European Tour website in the next days, they prepared a film to talk about the Driving distance award... I need to thank all the Callaway staff for my new Big Bertha Alpha Double Diamond driver, my new mate for 2015 (same shaft - new head)! The Belgian Bomber best friend more than ever!

New week, one more tournament before Abu Dhabi 2015, the Afrasian Masters on Anahita Four Seasons Mauritius. Won that tournament once and I need a win this year, so...

Dubai, Saturday 22 November 2014

You know what? I'm exhausted... Slept very badly, had sour legs this morning. But some birdies were falling in the front nine before I had a slump and made 4 bogeys, the one on 10 killed my momentum...

Still one day to score a -4 on this course and finish at -5... and maybe more if the ball rolls for me... With a very slow tempo, I don't feel that much pain on my left foot with the driver...

I sicerely want to thank the numerous Belgians who followed me today, sorry for teeing so early!

I learned this today: they are 3.000 Belgians in the Emirates and Belgium is the 3rd economical partner of the UAE thanks mainly to Besix and the Dredging business...The Emirates flights are 90% full from Brussels to Dubai since they began 6 weeks ago...A success!

Dubai, Friday 21 Novembre 2014

The same day... I could easily be 5 under but I managed the par 5's poorly, surely on the driving. The left foot is still in the way, I keep too much weight on the right foot and I have then the tendency to draw the ball too much...

Still two rounds to go...

Dubai, Thursday 20 November 2014

And yet another frustrating day where more birdies could fall in my basket... But the long game is wonderfully in shape, so I'm still really up there, I had 2 shots who finished in a divot, and didn't receive any good break on the greens... The pain at the left foot bothered me on 2 or 3 shots but it will not stop me to try to climb the ladder of the leaderboard in the next days...

A lot of Belgians here, a few good friends also, I even made a few pictures with nice Belgian ladies at the DP World hospitality, always a pleasure !

After the round I had the honor to have dinner with the legendary Sir Jackie Stewart with all the Rolex staff, Arnaud Boetsch, Arnaud Laborde and Jean-Noël Bioul, and some of the European directors like George O'Grady our Chief executive. 

Dubai, Wednesday 19 November 2014

Vincent: Finally great weather on Tour, perfect timing because the top 60 players of the European are here  playing their Grand Final. Of course, we know already that king Rory won't be threatened but the battle will be heroic!

Unfortunately, Nicolas hurted his left foot, the physio's use cryogenics to help reduce the inflammation, but he can walk 18 holes and swing...

The course is in immaculate condition, the greens are fantastic, best of the year, rolling beautifully, fast and true. The track is quite long and the Greg Norman's 120 bunkers with their big faces are quite impressive.

Tomorrow 8.50 am Dubai time with Kristoffer Broberg.


DP World Tour Championship Dubai
124 188 10-Nov-2014

Antalya, Sunday 16 November 2014

Finally some better scoring this week, even with 2 bad drives on 18 and 1. 8 birdies today, so in shape before Dubai. Patience was the word, I needed 72 holes to get in red figures!

Always good to hear some stories from Colin Montgomerie, he was also the designer of this course and we had a good time...

Antalya, Saturday 15 November 2014

Second round under par in tough circumstances, I had a bad 4 holes 6-7-8-9 before the turn but 5 birdies on the other 14 holes was nice. With the rain and the cold humid air, the golfball didn't flew as far (maybe 15 to 20 meters lost on each drive), so we all had to check the distances and the club selection again...

Sunday, the weather will be better, let's make a good score in preparation of Dubai.

Antalya, Friday 14 November 2014

Birthday today, but ugly weather, play is suspended till tomorrow 8.00 (local Time) . We will keep the same groups for the 3rd round and my starting time is at 10.45 local time with Marc Warren and Tommy Fleetwood.

Off a great start but went in the water at the 6th and missed some opportunities on 5, 7 and 10. 3 putted the 11 under a gusting rainy storm situation just before the play was suspended. Still 6 holes to play!

Antalya, Thursday 13 November 2014

Frustrating putting day and after 12 greens in regulation, 3 golf balls in a row in the water hazard on 4 and the day was totally crashed...

Tomorrow revenge...

Antalya, Tuesday 11 November 2014

I had a 4 o'clock AM message telling that my luggage was been found and that it would be at 7 AM at the hotel... And that's was right, well done Turkish Airlines!

I enjoyed to play the pro-am on a course that's much more competitive than last year. The rough is so tough, 20 cm deep, where the ball sits always at the bottom, quite demanding! Also the greens are much firmer and faster than last year. It has become  a real test off the tee and I don't think that we'll go as deep as -24 like the last edition... many slopes on the green and as they are fast, they are not easy at all to score on!

Antalya, Monday 10 November 2014

Well, s... happens, but it's the third time recently that my luggage didn't arrive! After 8 hours of search nobody can still locate it!!!! A little desperate right now...

Turkish Airlines Open Maxx Montgomerie course
125 187 28-Oct-2014

Lake Malaren, Sunday 2 November 2014

Before this tournament, I would have signed for a Top 10. My level of confidence on the green is not yet at 75% but the putting on Thursday and Friday was good. When things toughened up on Saturday and after having shaved the 4 first holes, I felt that my confidence was not yet optimal.

But Rome was not made in one day. And I need to emphasize on the positive: Jump of 20 places at R2D 39th now, jump on the World Ranking, N°1 in Driving Distance thanks to my CALLAWAY Driver, N°7 in Green in regulation...

Newt week, rest week in Phuket Thailand  before the two last tournaments of the Final Series in Belek and Dubai.

Lake Malaren, Saturday 1 November 2014

When the putter is cold, 34 putts, a nightmare... but there is a 4th day...

Lake Malaren, Friday 31 October 2014

Vincent: Good timing for Nicolas. He's in good form when the course suits really his game. It rained a lot and even if the tees are forward today, the course is still playing quite long. After finding the fairways, Nicolas displayed a great iron game on his second shots. It's only half way, 36 more holes to be played and a lot of players in great form. Since mid-September some players are showing some great golf like Alex Levy of course, Marcel Siem, Romain Wattel, Mikko Ilonen or Branden Grace. And what about the Ryder Cup stars, like McDowell, Bjorn, Donaldson, Rose or Dubuisson. They all can finish with -16 for the next two rounds.

No cut, but the third round will be an attacking round, that's for sure!

Lake Malaren, Tuesday 28 October 2014

There we go for the Final Series... After a great week in Thailand, back on track with a great field of players. Good to see Marcel, Justin,  Gonzalo, Thorbjorn, Francesco and all the others...

Lake Malaren is a great course!

BMW Masters - Final Series Race 2 Dubai
126 186 23-Oct-2014

Chiang Mai - Hua Hin - The Nilsson's

This is a week that I need so badly: yoga, meditation, nature, wilderness, food, friends, more food, dog and more friends. A week where I find my inner center.... thank you Fohn and Brian for your true friendship...

Next Monday: off to Shangay to play the BMW Masters, the first leg of the Race to Dubai Playoff's!

European Tour announced that the Top 69 players after Perth will be selected...

Week off in Thailand
127 185 13-Oct-2014

Hong Kong, Friday 17 October 2014

After a solid -4 yesterday, I had for the first time a great night of sleep but waked up totally dizzy, maybe an after-effects of the jetlag??? No juice, no adrenaline, weak mind, weak body, impossible to score...

Ok, no need to complain, just accepting the situation... I'll fly tomorrow to Bangkok with Fohn and Brian for a Thai Week before the BMW Masters!

Hong Kong, Tuesday 14 October 2014

Good news, all my bags found, they will arrive tomorrow with the next flight from Frankfurt... Pfiouuuu

This was a comment when they didn't find yet my bags:

Making such a long flight and arriving here in Hong Kong without any luggage is a nightmare. This is certainly the most expensive ticket in Business Class that I ever bought, you can buy a car with that kind of money, and I couldn't practice today... I'm playing in one of the main flight with Miguel A. Jimenez (last year winner) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat on Thursday, how the hell can they not find my luggage, a black bag and an enormous travel golfbag!!! Third time this year, a year of all kind of records it seems...I hate that situation!

Frankfurt, Monday 13 October 2014

On my way to Hong Kong... some good news: 130th World Ranking and 58th on the Race to Dubai... On the move and still 4 tournaments to go...

Hong Kong Open
128 184 8-Oct-2014

Vilamoura, Sunday 12 october 2014

So this day began well but turrned out to be a nightmare for the golfcourse, the super heavy rain we had around 1.30 killed the greens and the bunkers...

The decision was to cancel the third round and to keep the results as after 36 holes with 75% of the Prize Money distributed!

Vilamoura, Friday 10 October 2014

Vincent: What an awkward day: we had rain, rain and more rain. It only rains for 4 days in Algarve and it's now. What a pity because it's a wonderful tournament. I think that the tournament will only be played on 54 holes, Nicolas will play 2 more holes tomorrow at 8.00 to complete his 2nd round and the other players will have also to complete their 2nd round... Not easy to find your rythm in those circumstances (very difficult during 18 and 1), well not for everybody because Alexander Levy signed a superb 61, he will be on the lead Sunday morning and will rest tomorrow all day...

Vilamoura, Thursday 9 October 2014

Vincent: Story of the day: a great try for 59! Finally -11, best score ever for Nico, -9 was his best in tournament... A solid display from 1 to 18 with a hot finish after the eagle on 15 because the fantom of 59 became a possible reality. Great rythm all day, 17 greens, 2 eagles, 7 birdies, no bogeys...

Vilamoura, Wednesday 8 october 2014

Kings of Golf by Optima what a success and what an opportunity to have those wonderful personnalities in Belgium! thanks again to the public, Andy Hancock and his VAAV crew, the Marshalls, the RZGC staff and Jos, Léopold Lippens (my preferred Maire in the world) and last but not least Jeroen Pikeur... the cornerstone of the Kings of Golf.

Travelled here with Thomas Pieters whom we play the golf to Rio on Monday in la Tournette. An olympic day with all the COIB partners, always a pleasure.

Time to tackle that Victoria course this week. This is the last tournament in Europe for this season. These last ones are very important for many players on different rankings. I'll have a go to reach the R2D finals...

Portugal Open Victoria Vilamoura
129 183 6-Oct-2014

Here is an overview of my program for the coming weeks (subject to change according to intermediate results):

  • European Tour: Portugal, Hong Kong, Perth,
  • Asia: Thailand (Chiangmai) and Japan (Dunlop)

More details in my schedule

Next events on my Schedule
130 182 5-Oct-2014

Monday Thomas Pieters and me will participate in an event set up by the COIB-BOIC, with an eye on the next games in Rio where golf and rugby will be the most recent addition to the sports already represented, and replacing softball and baseball.


This promotional day will take place in Château de La Tournette Monday 6 October.



'Road to Rio' when golf is back in the olympic family
131 181 3-Oct-2014 Sunday will be a nice day for every golf fan in Belgium. An extraordinary opportunity to watch some legends of the European golf and real stars of the Ryder Cup.

I am very glad to share this game with Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sam Torrance. Everyone of us is committed to this event since we are playing for the benefit of charitable institutions of our choice.  In my case, I support the Association Muco Vereniging  They are doing such an important job for all youngsters who suffer from that incurable disease.

We would appreciate if you can be part of this nice event. And good news, the weather forecast is clement...
Kings of Golf, Royal Zoute
132 180 23-Sep-2014

Tuesday, 23 september 2014

So happy that Miguel Angel Jimenez accepted our invitation to play the Kings of Golf. This will be a wonderful 4 BBB for all Belgian golfers and for our charities. More than 30 years of history of the European Tour and the Ryder Cup will be present at Royal Zoute. I'm really grateful to Sam, Txema and Miguel to spend this afternoon of golf on Sunday 6 october.

More personally, I'm relieved to be back in a position to win again on Tour. It was quite close in Wales and that birdie on 17 could have open the doors of the play-off. Anyway Joost Luiten was in super form this week after a strong build up with a 4th place in Italy, and a 5th at the KLM, there are no secrets...

Great day in Royal Zoute with partner 2PM. I had the pleasure to hand them pictures of the Junior Bombers who had a solid summer, 2 pictures that will find proudly a place on their wall of the new 2PM offices in Knokke.

RYDER CUP week. So happy to be there with the team in Gleneagles. I will follow them very closely with a micro of the BBC radio in the hand, I'm really looking forward to! GO EUROPE...

Announcement Miguel Angel Jimenez attendance at the Kings of Golf
133 179 16-Sep-2014

Celtic Manor, Thursday 18 September 2014

My trustful CALLAWAY driver did it again. 447 yards longest drive on 18 in Celtic Manor. Longest drive ever on the European Tour! But more important, I made an eagle on that hole for some mojo on my game...

Anyway, it's in the Record book!

Today 66 -5

Celtic Manor, Tuesday 16 September 2014

Vincent: "After a good week in Holland, Nicolas flew this morning to Wales to play the ISPS Handa Wales Open on the famous Celtic Manor course. There's already a pre-Ryder Cup flavor because this course was the scene of the 38th edition of the Ryder Cup in 2010. Europe won 16 1/2 - 11 1/2 against USA and the European Captain was Colin Montgomerie.

Speaking about next week's Ryder cup, 4 players from the European Team will be in Celtic Manor: Lee Westwood, Stephen Gallacher, Thomas Bjorn ans Welshman Jamie Donaldson (who never won yet his national open...)!"

For Nicolas this open played on a very challenging course is another opportunity to make some move on the Race to Dubai order of Merit...

Wales Open ISPS The Celtic Manor
134 178 9-Sep-2014

Kennemer, Tuesday 9 September 2014

After two days in Belgium, I arrived safely in Zandvoort to play the KLM Open. Thanks Daan Slooter for your invite, you know that I have a great respect for your (your team) capacity to organize such a big event so close to our country. All my congrats to you, dear neighbours. I'm a great fan of all tournaments organized on the European continent, our craddle of golf!

I enjoyed quite a lot those two days spent with friends, it was refreshing to be back on homesoil even if can't complain of this Swiss week. On Monday at Ravenstein with the Business club of the Leopold Club (field hockey) invited by Softimat, the company of good friend Bernard Lescot. And on Tuesday, Knauf had the brillant idea to bring some invitees together at the Naxhelet Golf Club. What a discovery! I'm so proud to witness that, in Belgium, some people who bravely build such ambitious golf course with splendid infrastructure. A future jewel on the Belgian crown... Félicitations Françoise and Bernard Jolly! Like always this Knauf golf day was perfectly organized by Lothar Knauf, Serge Azaïs and Patrick Renard. They are members of my golfing family! Thanks for your support.

Kennemer week = intense week. Wednesday: Training early morning then Press conference then Pro-Am at 1.00 PM!

KLM Open - Kennemer GC- Holland
135 177 1-Sep-2014

Crans-Montana, Monday 1 September 2014

[Vincent:] Flory Van Donck pro-Am today. Flory was a Pro here in Crans, he was the teacher of Olivier Barras, a great young Swiss player, 8 times Swiss champion, who unfortunately lost his life during a car crash on the Monza circuit in 1964...

By the way, did you know that Flory has been also, and for a long time, coach on the National German amateur Team?

Crans is not an easy course for Nicolas, the golfballs are flying so far at this altitude, difficult to control the exact distance. The main concern will be on the greens, Nicolas needs to regain confidence and lower his putting average, even if the long game is great and that he's hitting a lot of greens... But for now all is in the putting...

Change in the schedule: the KLM Open is in, good to play at our neighbors in Kennemer.


Swiss European Masters
136 176 25-Aug-2014

Brussels, Monday 25 August 2014

Even if the Belgian weather is in super form, this Monday was a great moment meeting Thierry Neuville, Andre Lotterer, this week-end heroes. This Stars and Drives day is a great initiative by Monroe to bring some motor sport and sport(wo)men in general (Xavier Malisse, Philipe Saive and many others). Special Congrats to Thierry for his extraordinar win in the WRC Rally in Germany. A real stunt!

Very early start tomorriow to Italy, for a great tournament site: Circolo do golf Torino La Mandria. This is the home of the Brothers Molinari, a rare quality place! I love the food, the language, the course and the people...

Italian Open by Damiani - Torino
137 175 18-Aug-2014

Prague, Monday 18 August 2014

One good day last week and then a sore neck on Friday that turned worst on Saturday. Could only do 1/2 swings and no envy whatshowever to withdraw from the tournament..

Now in Prague, trying to be fit for this tournament who looks like a great nex venue on the European Tour. Thi is the future of the European Tour. So quite glad to be there...

D + D Czech Masters - Prague
138 174 11-Aug-2014

Brussels, Monday 11 August 2014

Vincent: After an important fine tuning with Mich Vanmeerbeek in St Nom la Bretèche last week, Nicolas is ready to return on Tour tomorrow. Direction Denmark, for the Made in Denmark Open. Mich and Nicolas worked a lot on the putting routine with a new line on the ball to ensure a right set up. All the tunings are implemented to recover Nicolas' confidence on the greens.

Program: 4 weeks tournaments in a row: Denmark, Prague, Torino and Crans-sur-Sierre. After that, a week off before Wales and the Kings of Golf, the Charity at Royal Zoute with Txema Olazabal.



Made in Denmark - European Tour
139 173 21-Jul-2014

Congrats Rory McIroy and Cheers the Belgian Flag today

Superb defense by Sergio Garcia at Hoylake but Rory was untouchable...

Speaking about the Belgian Flag, what about the win of Pierre Relecom in Switzerland yesterday!


Exceptional win Rory at The Open!
140 172 15-Jul-2014

1 Month Break preparing the next 4 Tournaments on the European Tour

DANISH OPEN

CZECH OPEN

ITALIAN OPEN

SWISS OPEN

Break and Next Program
141 171 9-Jul-2014

Aberdeen, Wednesday 9 July 2014

Vincent: well, yesterday night was Marcel Siem night. A lot of european golf pro's are keen footballers or at least passionnate fans.

Back to golf, this tournament is quite important for all those players who wants to find one of the last three spots available to participate at The Open.

For Nicolas, finding the confidence to score on the greens is a must to grab one of these spots and to perform at the Open also. But the B plan is not the end of the world, there is a lot of golf yet to be played this year. If Nicolas doesn't get in the British, he will enjoy 2 weeks of hollyday and 2 weeks of training before the Danish Open in August! The purpose is to have his A game from tee to green to be able to make his confidence growing in August to insure a strong end of the year! The real new start in Europe will be in August...


Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
142 170 1-Jul-2014

Golf National, Friday 4 July 2014

Vincent: to all our american friends, happy Independence Day, To Marcel Siem: congrats für die Mannshaft

Nicolas will play this week-end in Paris, it's all about confidence, certainly on the greens since a few weeks... Good training with an inspired Brian on the puting green...

The Golf National is quite demanding but maybe not for Kevin Stadler cruising at -10 and holing tons of putts (he was playing in front of us).

Thanks for all the Belgian visitors! Thanks for Lance Young (Excel) to visit us in Europe...

Pleased to see Julien Brun (Amateur) making the cut... we played together on Tuesday, lovely player, great personality...

Golf National, Tuesday 1 July 2014

Vincent: Nicolas arrived in Paris on Saturday and had a lot of putting since then after the disapointing results at the US open and Germany...

Two good long training days, Nicolas played 9 holes with Thomas Pieters and made a match Belgium France against two young but brillant french players Julien Brun and Leonard Bem. Julien finished quite strong with a birdie on 18 to force a french win!

Rolex Pro-Am this Wednesday afternoon, the course seems perfect with super fast greens and heavy rough...

And on Thursday great threesome with Cicco Molinari (Francesco) and Alvaro Quiros (since Nicolas and Alvaro played together in the European Royal Trophy Team they call themselves "partner")!

Football: AND WHAT ABOUT THAT WIN AGAINST A GREAT US TEAM!!!!!!! Belgians are brave!



ALSTOM Open de France
143 169 24-Jun-2014

KINGS Of GOLF presented by OPTIMA - Royal Zoute 4-5 October with Jose Maria Olazabal and Sam Torrance

Nicolas: I arrived here in Köln on Monday morning with Jérôme, quite happy to be back on the European Tour and even more happy to announce you that Jose Maria Olazabal will join Sam Torrance and myself for the Kings of Golf, 2nd edition, in Royal Zoute on the 4 and 5th October.

It's a real honor and a great pleasure to have "my captain" joining us for the week-end after the Ryder Cup. Txema is a wonderful man and an extraordinary competitor, it will be a great week-end for golf in Belgium and also for the 3 charities we will be playing for.

Thanks again for all the companies supporting that project!

Visit the tournament's site...

BMW International German open Köln
144 168 10-Jun-2014

Pinehurst, Tuesday June 10 2014

Vincent writing: What a lovely course with beautiful holes but so penalizing on and around the greens. All greens are bowled and very firm! I won't be surprised that 12 greens in regulation is a good average... Nicolas doesn't have the feeling that the final score will be under par... The second shots are long towards tiny landing zone on greens, you need to find the postage stamps to be able to stop the ball without falling off the greens.

It reminds us the spirit of some of the courses around London with a lot of heather zones, maybe Houthalen if you add 20ha and 750 meters length. There is no rough here, only sand and plants, or trees... So, you are on the fairway or on sand and maybe unplayable because of a plant...

Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore redesign the rough to recover the native state of sand areas that were present when Donald Ross designed it! Great respect of the spirit of the game ...

Nicolas played 9 holes this morning at 6.45 from the 10TH and will play 9 others around 2.30 PM. Nicolas tried different clubs around the greens. The grass (the grain) is against you when chipping from below the bowls. 2 iron, 6 iron, 54° wedge, putter, 3 wood are all used... If it's wet in the morning, the putter won't work off the greens...

This course is extra long, they kept only two par 5 and we have par 4's over 480 meters!!! It's a par 70! Even if it's a second shot course because of the greens, the driving will be Nicolas' key this week. With a  confortable driving you'll find fairways and will be closer to the greens than playing defensive to secure fairways.... this is one of the strategic equation to solve here at Pinehurst another will be to choose the right club to chip around the greens!

Nicolas played 9 holes in the afternoon with Justin Rose and Ryan Moore. Great display of shots, Sean Foley, Justin'coach, is a real fan of Nicolas'game...

US Open - Pinehurst N°2 - North Carolina
145 167 2-Jun-2014

Special training in Gleneagles from Wednesday till Sunday

Next tournaments: US Open - BMW International Germany Open - Alstom Open de France - Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Preparation Week - US Open
146 166 26-May-2014

Muirfield Village, Monday 26 May 2014

This is Jack Nicklaus' tournament, one of the finest in the world... The fastest greens on Tour and a lovely setting, remember The Ryder Cup in 1987! it's the 40th Anniversary of the club, they hosted the President Cup last year.
A par 72 but around a 77 course rating...
The Memorial Tournament - Muirfield Village - Dublin Ohio
147 165 20-May-2014 Played 18 holes today in Wentworth and the course is already quite firm... Partners were, Siem, Wiesberger and Olesen... Good fun...

BMW Championship Wentworth Surrey
148 164 14-May-2014

Girona, Sunday 16 May 2014

Congrats Thomas Pieters !!!!!! Great performance... Now ahead to Wenworth and the BMW PGA Championship!



Open de Espana - PGA Catalunya
149 163 9-May-2014

Hulencourt, Wednesday 7 May 2014

Very intersting afternoon with some 40 slides on the Golfers Mind with the Junior Bombers and some training on the course afterwards.

Philippe Feller and David Verbrugghe, 2PM Directors, joined us in Hulencourt this Wednesday. 2PM is my partner for the Junior Bombers...

30 PICTURES (click Gallery and then Junior Bombers 2PM Golf Hulencourt)

Belgium - Training - Junior Bombers
150 162 24-Apr-2014

New Website in a few weeks - No blog management available

Visit Tournament's site - see left

Thank you for your understanding,

Nicolas

Wells Fargo Championship - Quail Hollow Charlotte - PGA Tour
151 161 15-Apr-2014

Kuala Lumpur, Sunday 20 April 2014

After a few holes I felt this was not an attacking day for me, I was not comfortable enough on the greens... And this course can bite back on the back nine... I decided to play on my experience and apply the "catenaccio"... Nothing fancy but without letting strokes slipping. I could go for the -12 but I decided to wait the 18th. I hit a good one but just caught the pre rough, so I couldn't go for the green in 2. My 3rd was a bit pumped... from there I needed to secure the 2nd place.

61 at the Race 2 Dubai after 1 tournament and I might come back in the top 100...

I needed to change my flights, will stay in Kuala Lumpur till Monday night and then off to Hong Kong to reach Shenzen and the Volvo China Open...

Just an eye blink to my faithful team who organized me a great week before flying here... Good job guys.

And what about 2 Belgian Flags up there! Even in New York you'll find some happy smiles this morning at Excel Sports!

Kuala Lumpur, Saturday 19 April 2014

Again that 72 is a good one even if I had preferred shooting much lower. But, you know I was nervous playing with Lee Westwood last off (my putting was shaky) and it was the hottest day of the week... Some suffers less than others, for me it's time that the tournament ends, it's really draining!

Tomorrow??? Well all will depend on how I can score on the first nine. Those three par 5's (3-5-10), need to be played under par, I'll need an early cushion, because tomorrow with the huge audience expected, the flags and the humid heath, there are gonna be bogeys on the card...

Hope is not enough on Tour... I 'll need a good driving and a lot of greens, this is my pace setter game...

Kuala Lumpur, Friday 18 April 2014

Started the momentum again during the 8 first holes but was surprised then by some putts staying short in line and lost my mojo on the back nine due also to two drives that went to the left...

But not far from the leader, good to be back in the hunt...

Kuala Lumpur, Thursday 17 April 2014

Last week was a great one, I could put everything in perspective. I'm swinging well for the moment and already scored well on the Pro-Am with 7 birdies and 1 eagle... 

Good round today, -6 with 8 birdies, even if my driving wasn't good at the practice this morning, I was able to steer a kind of second serv' during the all round but couldn't make birdies on some par 5's... Fixed it with Brian after the round, so we're all good for tomorrow... We did some drills also on the putting green.

Hope I can get rid of my soar throat and escape some annual angina... I cross my fingers since Wednesday afternoon...

Light fitness with Emilio this afternoon... I'm not in super power form but I like to do the job...

See the pictures of the practice and first round (pics by Fohn)

Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday 15 April 2014

Early morning practice round (18 holes) with Havret and Wiesberger, happy to be here even if it's super warm and humid. Early is the key, there are often thunderstorms in the afternoon...

Brian came with his lovely wife Fohn, long time no see but always a pleasure! I didn't come alone neither...

Happy to be here on the European tour, the Tour of diversity... very refreshing even with the temperatures here...

Play solidly today, I saw an happy Brian after a few shots ;o), tomorrow drills, pro-am and a few duties for the organizers now that they have two belgians on their tournament, a world "premiere" ;o)! Tom is not alone anymore, we'll boost him, godverdoemme (this is not a Malaysian word)!


Maybank Malaysian Open
152 160 12-Apr-2014

Brussels, Sunday 13 April 2014

Fun day at Hulencourt with the Junior Bombers yesterday. wanted to show them some serious golf, everybody from the tips, in stroke play! Played -8, -4 on each loop. I hope they learned a lot about trajectories, strategy, thinking around the course, attitude (I saw one too slow, one who couldn't stop grumbling and moaning, one who couldn't chip, one with too low trajectories...), Mich and jérome will fix that....

Junior Bombers is about learning, sharing the passion of golf and the values of sport...

Great night with Jerome and family and Vince with a sushi session in front of the Masters... And the winner will be...? Will it be for a past winner Bubba, the young Spieth (I liked his scoring yesterday) or, like usual,  The famous legend of the Masters will make his own choice in the last 9 with, wht not?, an experienced player like Kooch, Bjorn or Vince's favorite Jimenez? Vince is looking forward to see the Andalusian receiving the green jacket with a glass of Bordeaux and a real cuban cigar in front of millions of spectators. I must admit this would be an unforgettable moment, with a speach that nobody would understand. But the way Miguel Angel plays for so many years, he certainly deserves a Major! Super player with an incredible touch...

Tonight, I will be in the plane for Malaysia (I'll fly Etihad, guess why?), so no Masters final in a confortable couch for me, but I wish every golfer to have a great night to follow the last 9 holes... a thriller in perspective!

Brussels, Saturday 12 April 2014

Yesterday, before looking at the Masters, I had another visit to my physio, it's all good. Nothing hurts anymore. I was already able to train again on Wednesday after Blaise's green light. A lot of distance control shots with the flightscope from 40 to 120 meters with Vince and Jérôme calling the shots. in fact we have decided to drill two types of shots: the 3 to 4,5 meters putt and the wedges between 70 and 120 meters.

Richard is also happy on my overall physical form, on the European Tour i will have the help of Emilio, the Spanish trainer of Txema, Gonzalo and other Spanish players!

Great news: today we'll having a training at Hulencourt with the Junior Bombers. Mich is quite enthusiastic with the progress of the bombers, we will see that together on the range and on the course. Thanks again 2PM for giving us a great help for this initiative...

Tomorrow Sunday, I'll fly from Paris to Malaysia, for a long stretch in Asia, then in the USA (Wells Fargo in Charlotte) before coming back in Europe to play Spain and the BMW PGA Ch'ip in Wentworth, I know it's a lot of travelling but that's what I need, the variety of different cultures...

Belgium - Training - Junior Bombers
153 159 1-Apr-2014

Houston, Friday 4 April 2014

On the advices of the physio's here in Houston, it's better to stop playing. Since yesterday on the beginning of the round, I felt a pain in my neck, I was far from swinging at 100%, afraid to provoke a more important injury. We couldn't solve it overnight and this morning on the range I decided to withdraw from the tournament.

It was 5 tournaments in a row, with a lot of training and exhibitions and no great results, my body needs some break, that's what it means I think.

I need to solve this very quickly. Blaise Erpicum is the man, more than anyone, he knows how to heal my body and certainly this neck pain. So I will fly back to Brussels to solve this problem straight away.

Message to the tournament organisers and volunteers at the Shell Houston:  "Thanks for providing us with the fantastic venue, and looking after us the way your people did. I hope I can compete in Houston (great course by the way) again in the future."

Next week will be oo and I'll wait the medical decision to fix my schedule...

Houston, Wednesday 2 April 2014

Here is my new bag:

Driver Callaway Big Bertha with the same blue Motore Speeder X flex shaft

3 wood Callaway Big Bertha 14° Fujikura 100 gr X flex

irons 3-9 Callaway Prototype x flex (Iron 2 Mizuno Fli-hi 18°)

Wedges Callaway Mac Daddy 53-58-60°

Putter Odyssey White Hot Mallet Pro V-Lie

Tonight, Baseball match to support the Houston ASTROS...

Houston, Tuesday 1 April 2014

Mich arrived yesterday and today we played and trained. He was quite happy how I'm swinging the club, we also had a great short game session. The Callaway new wedges are in the bag, Roger Cleveland made a super job, I liked them straight away!

After the driver, the 3 wood is also in the bag, the Callaway engineers worked with the shaft industry and they found a 100gr shaft that match perfectly with the Big Bertha 3 wood head. I have all the shots I want and need, this is an edge.

Shell Houston Open
154 158 25-Mar-2014

San Antonio, Friday 27 March 2014

Very disapointing start. Missing some fairways but nevertheless, I had twice 2 meters to save par and I missed them. Then I lost a ball on a recovery shot, an event that happend once every 5 years, hit a branch and the ball disappeard.

Good fight from the 9, to keep the ball in play from the tee. I began to hit more greens and was able to finish in style with my first (and very late) eagle of the year.

It's gonna be a week-end of work instead a week-end of competition...

San Antonio, Thursday 26 March 2014

Very foggy, 2h30 delayed start, and conditions not so simple...

Good start, followed by a drive that cost 3 strokes, with a good bunker shot single putt for 6! And  bogey on the following, damned. Then had just a bad 3 putt on the last par 3.

Had some good drives like on the 5th hole 5 hit with the driver (312m), or my longest of the day, 352 meters.

Good challenge tomorrow to play in the week-end!

Chris Liley in on the bag, I'll join Brian back in Malaysia in 2 weeks... Chris and me worked together in 2003 and 2004, 9 years now that he's been working for Raph Jacquelin...

San Antonio, Tuesday 25 March 2014

Arrived in texas yesterday night from West Palm Beach. I had a fine Sunday at The Bears Club, playing 36 holes with Pierre Relecom who was invited by his friend and fellow pro on Tour, Sandro Piaget. The three of us, we had a great day, Pierre's game is in good shape.

First time in San Antonio, well known thanks to their basket ball team with Tony Parker playing there now for 12 years! 

Quite an history, this tournament is played since 1922, let's discover it...

Valero Texas San Antonio
155 157 17-Mar-2014

Bay Hill, Friday 20 March 2014

There was much more than a 74 and 75, I need to find my confidence back and I'm working on it with Julie... I will come back here at Arnold Palmer's tournament to have a revenge against the course, I can beat it but the course won this time...

After a ride to Jupiter, I'm in Admirals Cove for 2 days before flying to San Antonio to the Valro Texas Open! This is a new tournament for me.

Bay Hill, Thursday 19 March 2014

Once again, good and bad shots in succession, too many bogeys, I'll need to go low on Friday!

Bay Hill, Wednesday 19 March 2014

Pro-am day. Sunny Day! Had a great team with a lovely spirit, Harry Arnett played quite well and his humor was a great asset to the team! 

Met a bunch of young Belgian players at the Westwood academy under supervision of Sean Daoust and Thomas Mambourg.

Last fine tuning after the pro-am...

Bay Hill, Tuesday 18 March 2014

Played 9 holes, even with the heavy rain yesterday, the greens are quite firm already... This is the particularity of Bay Hill: very firm and fast greens...

From the tee, you need to find the right lines, that's what Tiger did so well and won 8 times here! The week-end is always much tougher because of the firmness of the greens...

At night, great dinner with the Excel Team...

Orlando, Monday 17 March 2014

Playing professional golf is  7 day on 7 business. Today, wake-up call at 6.00 to be at the Bay Hill GC at 7.00 to take our golf equipment for the Morning Drive show on Golf Channel. The Tour truck is not yet unloaded, unable to pick our stuff... the show is live, so, no time to waste. But it was a good experience, everything goes so fast, you see them all rushing from one set to another, no piece of cake! 

Thunderstorms and rain all day here in Orlando, no golf and at night we attend an Callaway event "on line on internet" with Gay Woodland, Matt Every, Patrick Reed and Henrik Stenson at Annika Sorenstam Academy.  We spend a nice time together...

All our thoughts to Antoine Martin family in Belgium (Royal Hainaut), we received the bad news, he was a lovely passionate young golfer. It hurts...

Bay Hill Invitational by Arnold Palmer
156 156 10-Mar-2014

Innisbrook, Sunday 16 March 2014

Better display than the score will tell, I'm closer and closer to what I want to achieve... Already with my mind into next tournament: The Bay Hill Invitational. Indeed I needed to receive an invite from the organization and Mister Arnold Palmer. I have a great respect for the man, the player and certainly how he change the game of golf since he's the man who attracted in the 50's the crowd (Arnie's Army) and the television: his power, brilliance and charisma change it al...

Went yesterday night to a ice hockey match with Julie and Brian, always a great intensity, I love it.

This afternoon, with Brian, we drove from Tampa to Orlando, Vince arrived also, ready to step to another tournament.

Tomorrow at 7:00 AM Morning Drive at Golf Channel, my first golf channel studio, really looking forward to...

Innisbrook, Thursday 13 March 2014

Good solid round, only 4 greens missed and 2 in the last 2 holes... I enjoyed the par on 18, -2 is a better image of the overall quality of my game... "k'ben content" like they say in Brussels down town...

It's really quite a test of golf, and not only the Snake Pit (16-17-18th hole), the wind playing his role also...It's gonna be a long and demanding tournament... but we witnessed it very quickly after a few holes in the beginning of the week...

Innisbrook, Tuesday 11 March 2014

I agree with Brian Analysis: "The winner will be around -10"... This is a tough course, different than others in Florida, not as flat. Big ondulations and treelined with fast greens. The three last holes (Par 4, par 3, par 4) are called The Snake Pit. Obviously, there are bogey traps.

For me driving will be the key, the course is narrow and has a lot of doglegs, tree lines have to be avoided...

This tournament is quite well organized by the Copperheads Charities Inc. Vincent explained me all the advantages when tournaments are run by a group of people representing charities. I do not understand why we don't do that in Belgium.  It's a global Win-Win operation: Charities and Golf are the winners. The Copperheads in more than 30 years have raised more than 30 millions US dollars for 70 charities in the Tampa Region. It's great... That's why Companies (sponsors) and volunteers enjoy their participation at all the golf tournaments on the PGA Tour... The PGA Tour in the USA has already raised over 2 Billion USD for Charities, that's the secret of their success in sponsorship! Just do it Belgium... it's also good for golf in our country... To be followed!

Innisbrook, Monday 10 March 2014

Arrived in the middle of the night with a 3 hours delay flight. Hopefully the Valet parking is working 24/24, that's the uSA at their best...

Don't know the course, but I heard a lot of flattering comments...

Valspar Championship Tampa Florida
157 155 28-Feb-2014

Puerto Rico, Sunday 9 March 2014

My 3rd 67 of the year but my first on a 4th round. Had a lot of green and birdie opportunity like the first 2 days. I had to be lower after 36 holes with the game in hand! 6 birdies today and on all par 5, a good example of what I want to achieve...

Best finish under par of the year (-9), great stats... Keep on working ... not easy ... long term but good direction!

Some changes made on my calendar, I'll fly to the Volvo China to try to make a dubble there in April (more to come). I'll try my chances on the 2 tours, I feel that I need to play a lot to make all the improvements, so why not playing also on the European Tour...

Puerto Rico, Saturday 8 March 2014

This was a bad round with a bad start! A round to forget...

Puerto Rico, Friday 7 March 2014

Pleased about the par 5's and certainly for the 18th, good to finish with a birdie. But I will need more birdies this week-end...

Puerto Rico, Thursday 6 March 2014

Story of the day: 4 birdies and 2 bogeys and was not enough effective on par 5's. But quite a solid game with this wind!

Some Europeans are here also like my old friend Marcel Siem or Rafa Cabrera Bello and Alvaro Quiros. Good fun to be together here in Puerto Rico!

Puerto Rico, Wednesday 5 March 2014

Pro-Am day at 1:00 PM and tomorrow early tee off with Ryo Ishikawa and Robert Karlsson.

Great country with a nice combination of South America and the States...

Jupiter, FL, Friday 28 February 2014

Flew today to Miami and drove to Jupiter (West Palm Beach) for two days of training at the Bears. Julie arrives today also. I will stay at The Admirals Cove with old friend Bobby, who certainly has a bunch of stories for me, I'm sure.

Thank you for all your messages on my web site, really appreciate it. Some ask me what Majors I will play. Well I have to qualify for the Masters and the British Open and I'm already in the field for the US Open and the USPGA.

Here is my schedule for the next months:

  • 3 tournaments in a row: Puerto Rico, Valspar and Bay Hill
  • 1 week off
  • 3-6 April        Houston Open Texas
  • 7-13 April      BREAK during the Masters, sponsors days
  • 14-20 April  2nd week Training (The Bears Jupiter)
  • 21-27 April   Zurich (New Orleans) finished 8th last year!
  • 1 - 4 May        Wells Fargo Quail Hollow
  • 8 - 11 May    The Players Sawgrass (First appearance)
  • 2 weeks in Europe
    • Training, sponsors days and
    • 22 - 25 May   Wentworth BMW Championship
  • 28 May - 1 June   The Memorial, Dublin Ohio
  • 2 - 8 June      Week of training (visit of the USPGA host course Valhalla in Kentucky)
  • 12 - 15 June  US Open
  • 19 - 22 June  Travelers (to be confirmed)
  • 26 - 29 June  AT&T Congressional


Puerto Rico Open - Trump International
158 154 18-Feb-2014

Brussels, Tuesday 18 February 2014

Happy come back to Europe, meeting friends after 2 months abroad,

Looking back at those 4 first tournaments, I have mixed feelings; the first is that I'm so near and yet so far and the second is that I played with the leaders in each tournament. One issue is recurrent with me: learning is always tough, and it hurts, any little mistake is so costly; one can regard this as the counterpart of my talent. But adapting is a rule of nature and we already made a lot of big moves in my career, that's where golf becomes a science, like business, like raising children, like all necessary decision. And I must admit that I'm surrounded by a strong team willing to invest with me in the future. It's really a long term investment. Long term doesn't mean lie down, rest up, long term means adapt to future requirements. What is good now will not be efficient tomorrow. When I was the first in Belgium to be a long hitter, people didn't understand the reason... Now everybody wants to be long...

Long term means to anticipate, means being vigilant, like an animal in the nature, like any farmer or workman in his business. Now it's not easy in a world with so many rankings with everything going so fast, that's why you need to be very effective, you need to be surrounded by a team with thinking and action to take the right decisions at the right time! 

That's our philosophy with all our initiatives, like the Junior Bombers, they are in for the long term and our financial partner 2PM understands that perfectly!

Brussels - Belgium
159 153 12-Feb-2014

Los Angeles, Friday 14 February 2014

That triple on Thursday killed my week, I was playing so well, cruising like we have planned but, on that 2nd shot on 7, couldn't regroup my mind on a 100% basis for that little 9 iron with a soso lie that went in the bunker...

I batlled on Friday but couldn't make the needed birdies where I had obvious chances on 3, 4, 6 and then came that awful hole 7 with too many bad shots and the 2 three putts on 9 and 12. Birdies on 3 - 4 would have definitively help!

The same hole took 5 strokes... unforgivable...

Now 2 weeks off, reload the batteries, good food, cardio, crossfit, nutritionnist, dentist, ... to be ready for my next 3 tournaments: Puerto Rico, Valspar and Bay Hill!

So far as the results could tell, but so near... I'll win this year!

Los Angeles, Thursday 13 February 2014

Play well for 15 holes and then went distracted on my 2nd on 16 by a marschall struggling with a score marker. Not a 100 % shot and I felt in the bunker in a nasty place.Tried to get out but the ball came back just where I played the previous one... Triple bogey... Doesn't reflect the quality of my game, without that severe penalization, I would have never 3 putted the 18th. it was then really dark, I was so upset... -2 or 3 was so good, right in the thick of it!

Will need my A game during 18 holes this Friday to be here during the week-end!

Los Angeles, Wednesday 12 February 2014

Great old course, with small greens, big trees everywhere and some undulations. It's so amazing to find such golf course in such big city as Los Angeles. In fact we arrived on Monday afternoon...

With Mich Vanmeerbeek since the middle of last week, we have been working a lot the striking.

Played 18 holes with Olesen, Fdez-Castano and Cicco Molinari (Francesco). Good to hear all the stories from Europe. It's the first tournament in the States for Olesen and Molinari this year...

Overall a long day with the Stockton's and the Callaway staff on the range and a photo shoot for Dunning with my new polo's... My 2014 outfit has come out and I'm looking forward to wear it!

Dinner at night with Julie Elion who gave me my homework for the week...

Wednesday was a short day but with good practice session with some extra work with Julie in early afternoon. Tomorrow late start, I like them on Thursday because I prefer to play earlier, you play faster, on a cut day.

Northern Trust open Riviera Golf Club Los Angeles
160 152 5-Feb-2014

Palm Springs, Wednesday, 5 February 2014

After a good rest on Monday, with Jerome we went practicing the short game and yesterday we fixed the driver. Tomorrow Mich arrives in Palm Springs and we will work the striking and the driving... I will need my A game in Riviera because it's a tough old course with very small greens  quite well defended... Precision is a must in Riviera...

Palm Springs Training week
161 151 28-Jan-2014

Scottsdale, Sunday 2 February 2014

The birdies didn't come early and that's what I needed today to boost my round. Anyway, a lot of good things  this week: the putting, the birdies, the management of the 16th, the crowd, my intentional concentration (not yet 18 holes but better each round),...

It must admit that the batteries were low, 3 weeks in a row with all the work (proposed by Julie Elion) I have to do on the course, is quite demanding, certainly here with the record crowd in Scottsdale!

Next week off, some training here in Scottsdale with Jerome and then from Thursday in Palm Springs with Michel Vanmeerbeek! Riviera Northern Trust is my next tournament and I really looking forward to because I feel that I'm stronger tournament after tournament ...I said twice "hello" to the leaders, I know the feeling and I'll keep knocking at that door...

Scottsdale, Saturday 1 February 2014

I's rather forgot this day... Bad mojo, bad mood, material problem, bad state of mind = bad score... The frustration is high. Arriving here, I knew that my a lot of tee shots fitted perfectly my old Razr Hawk, I know that club for 5 years now and it's certainly a trustful and successful club! So, frustration today...

Scottsdale, Friday 31 January 2014

Very frustrating to play with a damaged driver and not easy to use only your 3 wood and have to stop your momentum.

But I will remember those 6 birdies and certainly the one on 16 surrounded by 20.000 people! What a awesome moment, a great feeling. Once again I will capitalize on those and not on the bad holes (because of a bad drive). That's why I could sign a good round today, capitalizing on good shots.

Good stats today also... But I must admit I ran out of gas in the end, a bit tired...

Scottsdale, Thursday 30 January 2014

Message from Vincent B.: "What are odds of breaking 2 drivers (the N°1 and the reserve one) in the same practice session??? The reserve one 5 min before tee off. Julie Elion went to Hunter Mahan's locker to take some super glue to fix the 2nd driver (only solution because the Callaway truck is already gone)! Hope it works for 18 holes...

The chocolates are in the Thunderbirds (the organizers) fridge and will be delivered at 11.00 at the 16th tee.

Canal+ crew had all that fuzz on tape, good for their story"

Nicolas: How to made a disappointing 69! 6 birdies, one Triple and 1 bogey.

In fact there are two ways to see that score, one is to base your opinion only on 2 holes and the other one is to remember the 16 holes were I was cruising quite nicely... Two drives to the left today after so many drives to the right at Torrey Pines, but these two were costly, 3 strokes (the other one is one putt). The three putt on 15 was full of anger, I admit. A little distraction on the 15th Tee appeared to be very expensive, I'll learned from that. better now than on Sunday!

My short game was once again very efficient, another satisfaction of the day. Ready for tomorrow.

The "Chocolade van Brugge" were awesome on 16, spectators adored them. I wonder how many were googling to know why Belgium is the real country of Chocolate! We are the best! Period.

I made my mind after this round: 1. I have learned today, 2. I also know that patience is my best friend, 3. I've the faith that I'm so near... And what about a good fitness session to sweat all this...Go...

Scottsdale, Wednesday 29 January 2014

Had a great practice round yesterday, Jerome was quite happy with the goals reached: reading the greens properly and choosing the right landing spots on chip shots. There will be some chipping around here and certainly at the end of the round: H15 is a reachable par 5, the 16 is the stadium hole (162 yards par 3), the 17 is a reachable par 4 (just over 300 meters) with the drive but with a very tricky short game situation with the water nearby, Hole 18 is also a risky business certainly from the tee with the water to the left and the sand to the right! Great job from Tom Weiskopf to design that par 71 i 1986, one of the first Stadium course.

Canl +, Interieur Sport program, is making a reportage here of the Waste Management, the biggest event in Sport with more than 500.000 visitors during the week. Partying is a sport environment is what the crowd have made it. The sphere is electric... Surely on the well known 16th!

Fredje, a belgian of course, from Chocolade van Brugge will get me some Belgian chocolats to distribute to the public to do some buzz around Belgium!

The french crew from "Interieur Sport" are great professionnals, they know their job, respect my intimacy and my work during my preparation...

Scottsdale, Tuesday 28 January 2014

Arrived yesterday by car through the South Californian Mountains and the Arizona Desert with Brian and Jeffrey (Gonzalo Fdez-Castano caddie).

Jerome Theunis arrived also to work with me this week, one of the most difficult week of the year spectators wise.

Waste Management Phoenix Open
162 150 21-Jan-2014

Torrey Pines, Sunday 26 January 2014

Started very well, composed and attacking but could only make 1 birdie. little disapointment on 6 also where I couldn't make the birdie... The bogey on 9 was a killer of momentum, the ball did a 360° around the hole and refused to drop... After that, I struggled for par and had another painfull bogey after a good drive on 12.

Had an eagle chance on 13 that didn't drop neither and went 1 meter too long on 14 that killed my second momentum. massive drive on 15 but with a bad lie in the middle of the fairway...

Missed birdie on 16 and 18 and bogeyed the 17th...for the win this week, i needed my A game, a better striking.

After all, a lot of positives this week, I'm on my way, I need to keep the good work....

Next week, The Waste Management in Scottsdale!

Torrey Pines, Saturday 25 January 2014

It's like I spended 36 holes in the rough today! Torrey Pines was playing very tough today, with the firmer greens and the pin positions, but at the other hand I didn't find enough fairways, I must admit that I spend a lot of energy playing in the last game, my swing was a little tired, so were my legs...

Played with two nice guys. First time I met Jordan Spieth and he's quite cool, I like his personnality. Steward Cink had a bad day but remain quite composed, a lot of experience and cool nerves...

had dinner tonight with Gonzalo Fdez Castano, he's a great guy and I'm sure he will succeed here in the USA, he's based now in Miami with his family...

Torrey Pines, Friday 24 January 2014

This second day was a better one: 5 birdies no bogeys...Not too far from the lead... First cut of the year on the PGA Tour, after my first tournament last week. That South Course is one of the most demanding golf course...

Tomorrow at 9:45 (local time) with Jordan Spieth and Steward Cink...

Today was a good putting day, a lot of improvement done, very pleased....

Torrey Pines, Thursday 23 January 2014

-3 on the North course, the score is ok but there was more... I'm not happy, still too defensive on par 5. Putted very well today, just unlucky twice on 10 and 12. The birdie putt on 18 was sloppy after a great chip from the rough... So I'm disappointed, certainly that I could have a bigger cushion before the South course round.

Torrey Pines, Wednesday 22 January 2014

Pro-Am on the South course with 4 nice amateur. Great fun discussing a lot about golf, the birdies didn't fall as we wanted but we enjoyed the course and also the Ocean fog that played hide-and-seek with the sun, typically San Diego weather... The Amateurs didn't enjoy the rough though, deep and so difficult to play out...

Tomorrow I'll start from the North course at 9.00. To make a good score on this track that will be redesigned by Phil Mickelson in 2015, you'll need to hit a lot of fairways... Just a reminder: the North had last year on the Pga Tour the lowest stats on fairway hits !!!! And with the kind of rough we have this year, some will be surprised...

Torrey Pines, Tuesday 21 January 2014

Plays 27 holes with Victor Dubuisson and somme of them with Jason Day. 2 courses here in Torrey Pines; the North and the South. The latter is the famous one quite long and demanding. But they both on the cliffs of Torrey Pines with amazing vues. The rough is quite thick on both courses, by the way I never played the North as demanding...

Tonight we were invited by Mark Steinberg (Excel Sports) together with Gary Woodland, Justin Thomas and Chris Williams...

Wednesday: pro-am day on the South Course...

Torrey Pines, Monday 20 January 2014

Drove this morning from Palm Springs to South California Torrey Pines. The weather is gordious, all surfers were out today, it was Martin Luther King day, they could enjoy all day the big wave in front of Del Mar....

Went to the Callaway truck to finetune some new clubs (a set od reserve irons), a new Mack daddy 54° and some work on the Big bertha driver. We had dinner with Lance Young (Excel) and the Callaway crew... always nice evenings.

Tomorrow first practice day, on the North course as I will play the South course on Wednesday during the Pro-Am.

Farmers Insurance Torrey Pines Californa
163 149 14-Jan-2014

PGA West, Saturday 18 January 2014

On this Palmer Course today I could have gone much lower, 2 eagle putts missed, a lot of birdies chances missed and 3 horrible bogeys on 8, 9 and 17!

Once again I need to be much more aggressive even if it costs some bogeys... I need more birdies earlier in the round...

This cut is missed, lets prepare Torrey Pines!

PGA West, Friday 17 January 2014

Played the Jack Nicklaus private Course today with Bo Van Pelt and scored -5, a bogey free round even if I drove into the water hazard on the 8, my 17th hole (a par 5). 

Today the purpose was to play the par 5's much better, check... Still some drives lost to the right, a short putt missed, one or two pins played with much too much spin on the ball. But overall pleased with this round that bring me back in the tournament.

Will play tomorrow the 3rd round pro-am, once again with Bo Van Pelt, but on the Arnold Palmer private course of PGA West. Between you and me, I'm enjoying playing with Bo, great hitter of the ball and cool player.

As Bo Van Pelt has Dutch origins, everyday americans with Belgian origins are coming to see me and tell me that there parents or grandparents are coming from Brussels or Oostkamp, or Antwerp or Wavre... But none of them speaks one the Belgian languages, they totally americanized, even if some of them tell that they have a Belgian flag on their car, or that they are proud to see a Belgian on the PGA tour... Amazing, no?

Tomorrow will be the cut, after 54 holes... It's gonna be a very low one...

One thing is certain, it will be sunny, very warm under an immaculate blue sky, surrounded by beautiful mountains... and slow...

PGA West, Thursday 16 January 2014

I took a good start but after too many bunkers and no success on par 5, I couldn't get the momentum back and couldn't make the birdies. Tomorrow I'll need to change a litlle my strategy, I have a night to think over...

PGA West, Wednesday 15 January 2014

Pro-Am day today, always good fun when you have a nice team!

We saw some Big Horns today next to the 16th tee where the tee is designed in the mountain. They came to graze the good grass in the rough. It seems that's a very rare moment to have them so close...

Overall I'm ready for tomorrow's first round of the Humana Challenge...

PGA West, Tuesday 14 January 2014

I discovered the Jack Nicklaus course today and enjoyed meeting Dave Stockton again on the putting green. Palm Springs has a perfect weather, cold in the morning and 20° from 9 to 5, sunny and blue sky without any cloud... The light and brightness are just wonderful and the surrounding mountains are changing colors through the day... I love it...

I found a very intersting Callaway Mac Daddy 2 wedge 60°, spoke with Roger Cleveland about it and played 18 holes with it practicing around each green and he might be invited in the bag on Thursday

I worked also with Julie Elion on the course and finished the day with a workout in and around the physio truck with some "dubble unders" that made Brian jealous...

PGA West, Monday 13 January 2014

Arrival on Sunday in Palm Springs after a great flight shared with Gary Player. Gary is invited by former President Clinton at the Humana Challenge.

Today, Monday, we played La Quinta, one of the three courses used by the tournament, I'll play there on Thursday with Bo Van Pelt, each with an amateur, as the Humana is a big Pro-Am on 3 consecutive days before a final 18 holes on Sunday with the 70 best players having made the cut on Saturday night, this time only between pro's...

Did a few fine tuning with the Callaway engineers for my driver and 3 wood...and I'm quite happy with the tools!


Humana Challenge Palm Springs California
164 148 11-Jan-2014

Anahita Mauritius, Saturday 11 January 2014

Physically in top form and swinging smoothly, I'm looking forward to fly tonight to the USA to play my first tournament of the season. Quite a long trip, 23 hours of flight in total. Stop over in Dubai and a 16h30 flight from Dubai to Los Angeles. Also a 12 hours time difference... Vincent is staying with me for the first tournaments. Mich is returning to Europe, job done, he'll join me later at Riviera.

I will be playing my new driver, the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha and the new 3 wood Callaway Big Bertha.

My team remains unchanged with the exception of the arrival of Sports Psy Julie Elion. She will help me finding my way of life in the States, feeling more comfortable in that environment and performing on a higher level.

Same partners also, you already knew about the arrival of my new partners Shenstone Green and Dunning.

Bye Bye beautiful Anahita in Mauritius, back to work now!

From Anahita Mauritius to Palm Spings to open the 2014 season
165 147 2-Jan-2014

From Anahita Mauritius, from the deepest off my heart, all my best wishes for 2014!




Happy New Year 2014
166 146 25-Dec-2013
Merry Christmas to all of you
167 145 16-Dec-2013

Royal Trophy, Sunday 22 December 2013

And the winner is .... EUROPE! So happy for Captain Olazabal who deserved this win... We knew that it would be the last match who would decide the outcome of the match... Kiradech and Jaidee played incredibly with  11 birdies together for the 2 first matches, we were then 4 points behind! And then the blue European team reversed the trend and I felt very rapidly that I would have the destiny of the match. Last year, Olazabal designed to play the playoff and Asia made the birdie for the win! I had a revenge and a strong will to bring the victory to our legendary Captain... I told Tchema that like during the Seve Trophy I would beat Casey, this time he could count to my point also. The birdie on 15 was a winner, then I applied the Catenaccio rule, no room for any error, full commitment on each shot, giving my opponent no hope at all for a mistake!

Two wins with Olazabal this year, a good way to finish the year, a tough year by no means, but I will enter 2014 stronger than I ever be...

Holiday now in Anahita - Mauritius, a few days with my parents till Christmas and then back to work the 27th with the arrival of Rich Vanmeerbeek, Vince will follow the 29th and Mich the 2nd of January together with my girlfriend (to heal me after the training sessions of my three team mates).

On the 11th January Mauritius-Los Angeles, quite a long journey before playing my first tournament on the 2014 schedule, the Humana Challenge, the tournament supported by the former President of the USA, Bill Clinton.

In any case, to you all, from the bottom of my heart, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and an Happy New Year...

Royal Trophy, Monday 16 December 2013

Bye bye Brussels, off to China for the Royal Trophy and captain Olazabal with the European team.

By the way, we planned a new schedule starting at the Hunama on the PGA tour, straight away to the States from Anahita Mauritius: Humana at PGA West, Farmers at Torrey Pines and the exciting Waste Management in Scottsdale, the West Coast swing...

Royal Trophy - Guanzhou
168 144 1-Dec-2013

Brussels, Sunday 15 December 2013

Yesterday, I made a last goodbye to Jos Vanstiphout with Ernie Els and Mark Roe present also. Very emotional ...

Since Thursday, I'm working with Julie Elion, sport psy, to prepare the next season as good as I can. My hole team is involved and we love it. Great to work with such a professional, I like our relationship and the work we are doing together. Julie lives in Washington DC and works with only 5 players at the time and on a long run. Phil Mickelson, Gary Woodland and Charl Schwarzel are also working with Julie. The purpose is finding my way in the States and specially on the PGA Tour. A lot of issues are involved, but it's quite interesting to work in team like that.

Brussels, Wednesday 11 December 2013

Nice work this morning with Richard Vanmeerbeek and Emilio Pereira (Spanish trainer) at the Power factory Crossfit.

In the afternoon fine tuning of my new Callaway irons with Nippon Shafts at the Fitting studio in Sterrebeek with Eddy. Good checK of all my lofts and lies.

Yesterday afternoon, visit at the Hulencourt indoor to meet Jerome Theunis, great to hit balls with the flightscope and to check my new iron set.

Brussels, Saturday 7 December 2013

Sad news, Jos Vanstiphout left us yesterday. A big belgian name on the European tour...what a career! We'll miss you Jos!

Bruges, Sunday 1 December 2013

And what about a nice trip to Bruges for 3 days to celebrate my come back in Belgium...

Come back in Belgium
169 143 19-Nov-2013

Melbourne, Saturday 23 November 2013

Finishing with a long putt for birdie and a par round is worth a smile! I just have to blame that 76, otherwise this 25th place is an encouraging one... Ok now two days of sightseeing around Melbourne with my childhood friend Chris Legein who traveled with me here, then Bahrein for the GP Grand Prix invited by pilots André Letterer and Bertand Baguette...

After that, back to some private life and also back to work...

Cheers to the Junior Bombers training in cold Belgium in Hulencourt GC.

Melbourne, Saturday 23 November 2013

Played well today, I liked my back nine with 3 birdies... This course is a gem, it's a pitty I'm not 100 % because it's a delight to test your skills around this masterpiece. The greens are really unbelievable, hard and fast... One more round here in Royal Melbourne tomorrow...

Melbourne, Friday 22 November 2013

One day is not the other, I don't blame the bogey but well the two double bogey... Two more days in Melbourne...

Melbourne, Thursday 21 November 2013

A good finish with 3 birdies on the last 5 holes, good for 70 and a Belgian Flag on the 9th place. Very inspiring but demanding course, not easy at all to score on...

Melbourne, Wednesday 20 November 2013

I have great memories in Australia and Royal Melbourne is a masterpiece of golf design. The best par 3's in the world have been designed by the legendary Alister McKenzie, also the golfarchitect of Augusta National and other masterpieces like Cypress Point.

Pro-Am day today.

The World Cup has an individual ranking with world ranking points and a team ranking. it's a new format. Belgium has no team, Thomas Pieters is not yet qualified for this kind of tournament.

This my last tournament in single for the year, I will play the Royal Trophy just before Christmas, a team event opposing Europe vs Asia. Looking forward to finish this long, too long season for me.

World Cup Royal Melbourne
170 142 13-Nov-2013

Dubai, Sunday 17 November 2013

What a win for Stenson! -8 today with an extraordinar eagle on 18, he's the N°1 this season, without a doubt... Congrats Henrik!

And another 71 for me, this time with a good finish. Still with a cold putter but I managed to finish with the par total. And once again it was not easy, to play with the frustration of not holing enough birdies.

I need to thank all the Belgian crowd that walked with me the 4 days. they have been fantastic...

Now, direction Abu Dhabi to fly directly tonight to Melbourne for the World Cup!

Dubai, Saturday 16 November 2013

Even in the Dubai warmth, my putter stays cold... I changed putter this morning, went for an Odyssey Mallet, but it didn't help... I certainly left, at the minimum, 6 to 8 birdies on the greens, like on 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17 and 18, all normal birdies putts. 2013 is like this, nothing is dropping!

Hopefully, next week is the last tournament of the 2013 season and after it, we will then begin a new story...

Dubai, Friday 15 November 2013

A good birthday -1, even if -3 was in the putter, but an awful +2 today, with a very cold putter. It's a pity because the display of long game was great with 15 greens in regulation again.

We change my routine for a better alignment but il feels so weird that I couldn't find any confidence in my putting. Not my best day at all...

Fingers crossed for Thomas Pieters but he will succceed!


Dubai, Wednesday 13 November 2013

"Come on Thomas, keep your chin up, the road is still long, don't look at scoreboards, keep going for birdies, one hole after the other, accept the bogeys and trust your long game!".

Quite warm here in Dubai, over 30°, played yesterday the Pro-Am,  with a great Rolex team, we finished in the prizes. The prizegiving was at night at the "European Tour" cocktail at the Atlntis hotel to celebrate the end of the season... 

Some pictures this morning with all the ambassadors Rolex because Rolex announce an extension of their partnership with the Europeantour and the Ryder Cup!


Race 2 Dubai Final DP World
171 140 6-Nov-2013

The Montgomerie Antalaya, Sunday 10 November 2013

There are weeks like that... I hated that double just when I was cruising...

Did you know that Dubuisson, we call him "Dubuche" or "Dubush", has a Belgian passport as well because his father is a Belgian! Well done, great achievement man.

The Montgomerie Antalaya, Saturday 9 November 2013

A great day for France and a very bad one for me... so angry at myself...

The Montgomerie Antalaya, Friday 8 November 2013

Feeling a little better with 6 birdies today, 12th score of the day, this looks more like it!

Indeed Tiger's 9 birdies and 9 pars deserves some respect!

The battle between Poulter and Stenson is quite exciting...

Now that I grab a few places to come in the top 50 of this tournament, I need 2 more good rounds...

The Montgomerie Antalaya, Thursday 7 November 2013

Not the kind of start you hope! I've three putted 3 times in the 4 first holes, I'm 1 over and I should be 2 under! Due to the rain, the greens are much slower, I'm not confortable on them! Shaky start it was...

After 13 holes I'm level par... We will finish tomorrow and move on with the second round just after...

The Montgomerie Antalaya, Wednesday 6 November 2013

Beautiful setting here in Antalaya, the hotel is class and the course is interesting. The Race to Dubai final Series are making a lot of buzz...

Mich is with me preparing this tournament, we had 18 holes pro-am yesterday and I will play 9 holes today... I have a few new shots to test from tomorrow, it will be interesting...

Very happy about Thomas Pieters, he succeed QS2, his great ball striking helped him on a difficult course when the wind is blowing, surely on the last round. We'll make again contact together before the finals next week...

New pictures in the Gallery about the Seve Trophy, gooooood memories...


Turkish Airlines Open
172 139 29-Oct-2013

Dubai, Sunday 3 october 2013

Well, I did like this week, I needed it. Thanks Rich for your investment, you're such a great teatcher. Thanks Mich for the short game work. The last weeks, I received so much information around it that I needed to know what is my personal adapted short game technique. As I wanted a more spinny reaction on the second bounce, I needed to shorten my swing. Txema Olazabal showed me the way, the way Seve learned him his secrets.

Mich has made me understand what are the most compatible elements to use, in function with my game, my grip and my natural shots and rythm. All players are chipping slightly differently, always in accordance with their king od swingers (grip, position, tempo, speed, ...). Now we have all agreed on the "Colsaerts" way of chipping, a technique indeed inspired by the different coaches I consulted like Txema, Tony Johnstone or Paul McGinley... But now to master it, I will need at least 1 year of practice, on the range, on the course and finally during competition.

Tomorrow, with Mich, we are flying to Turkey. It's in fact the first step of a trilogy to close the season 2013.

Dubai, Tuesday 29 October 2013

One week here in Dubai to start the 2014 preparation... 58th now at the World Ranking, anyway 2014 is my main goal. Short term objectives are not the real goals... I paid my dues in 2013 to learn that ...

Rich, Vince and Mich have written the program... let's go for it!

Dubai, Training week
173 138 20-Oct-2013

Shanghai, Sunday 26 October 2013

More birdies today! Finally... After having shaved so many holes, some accepted to drop, still a few drives that cost too many strokes. I badly need that training week because it's not fun playing that way...

Direction Dubai for a week with my team...

Shanghai, Saturday 25 October 2013

Still need more birdies and more greens in regulation... one more round to beat this par...

Shanghai, Friday 24 0ctober 2013

Very disappointed with my game, not enough fairways, not enough greens hit and not enough birdies, certainly when the conditions are windy and difficult. Normally these conditions suit my long game but not this week, so frustration and disappointment, a kind of anticlimax at the start of the final series on the Race to Dubai.

The good news is that next week, we are beginning the preparation program for 2014. From Monday 28 Oct, with my team we have planned a 12 weeks program, starting with fitness (Rich Vanmeerbeek) and technique (Mich Vanmeerbeek). We've chosen Dubai for this first week of intensive training before my next tournament in Turkey.

Shanghai, Tuesday 22 october 2013

Brian Nilsson finally arrived in Shanghai after a Visa problem in Hong Kong, 24 hour delay...

Lake Malaren is a nice course hosting the first tournament of the Final Series. I will play 3 of the 4 and will follow by the World Cup On Royal Melbourne, a course designed by the very famous and illustrious Alister McKenzie, architect also of Augusta National and Cypress Point...

Callaway 2014 and a Trip around the World

After a great week in Las Vegas with Callaway and an impressive crew of very rock and roll photographers and cameramen from LA (I was really impressed by the huge set up, the scenes, scenarios, very professional), I'm now in Tokyo waiting for my flight to Shanghai (Las Vegas - Los Angeles - Tokyo - Shanghai).

I discovered the Callaway 2014 products line and it'sgoing to be exciting, the brand is really doing well...

BMW Masters Shangai China
174 137 17-Oct-2013

Hulencourt, Wednesday 16 October 2013

Jérome Theunis and the Golf D'Hulencourt invited us at the Golf d'Hulencourt the 13 and 16 October. Great place for our Junior Bombers, we could work very efficiently with Mich and Jérôme the short and long game. They nearly all are selected now in the VVG or AFG squads. Good news, it means that we absolutely have to continue our project, together with 2PM...

With their new strategy, the Golf d'Hulencourt can become a "place to be" for competitive golf in Belgium. With Jérôme Theunis as Head Professionnal, the club is in good hands...


Junior Bombers Training
175 136 9-Oct-2013

Oceanico - Algarve, Sunday 13 October 2013

Only two birdies is not enough, my putting was still cold even if I had chances in the beginning of the round. After 4 or 5 holes, the wind get very present and it was much more demanding to go for the pins. 15th place is not enough to jum in the top 50...

Oceanico - Algarve, Saturday 12 October 2013

67 today, the wind get up after 6 holes and changed the course... Didn't drive well between hole 3 and 7 and didn't hole putts after, but I must admit that I was a bit too far from the pins.

Will need a 65 or less tomorrow to shake the leaders, that's the target now we will see what the day will give us.

Sad date this 12 October, Rita 2 years ago and Jean-Pierre last year left us on a 12 October...

Tonight, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano takes us to a special restaurant... great food here in Algarve, I love it...

Oceânico - Algarve, Friday 11 October 2013

67 today despite an ugly double bogey on 17. Played very steady for 16 holes and then a big hesitation between 2 clubs made me make a bad shot in the water right. But I'm there not far from the lead, still 36 holes to go!

Great weather here in Algarve, the most beautiful blue sky on earth!

Played very well yesterday from tee to green but couldn't really catch the slow speed of the green... they look reasonably fast but they aren't actually.

Yesterday night, I had one of the most interesting chipping session with the master himself, Jose Maria Olazabal. Two hours of pure enjoyment. Chema was intense and passionate in the sharing of his knowledge, a rare moment of Grace. I did love it.

Oceânico - Algarve, Wednesday 9 October 2013

The last tournament in Europe but not the last on the European Tour. It's also an important one for the players like me who need to be in the top 50 OWGR to be eligible for the WGC HSBC, but also for all the ones who want to be in the top 60 to enter the Final series in China, Turkey and Dubai. Spectacle and suspense guaranteed. Great field thus here in Vilamoura!

Good course designed in 2004 by Arnold Palmer, great weather, superb food, everything we like in Europe!

Yesterday night we did a monster paella to celebrate the amazing career of Christian Cevaer, he was a over-performer, all credit to Christian! Wishing you a well deserved after career in the coaching!


Portugal open Oceânico GC- Vilamoura - Algarve
176 135 1-Oct-2013

Paris, Sunday 6 October 2013

Yeahhhhhh, for the first time in 6 edition, The Continent won! All credit to Txema Olazabal our Captain. We fought hard for our inspiring captain... 

My match against Paul Casey was a tough one, he's in great form and won a lot of points for GB&I. But I promised Txema to bring him a point after my week Saturday foursomes record. Begon with two birdies but had a slump in the middle of the round, from 9 to 12. Some putts could have dropped for birdies on 13 and 16. But a decisive birdie was on 15 to halve the hole thanks to a long 3rd shot at the flag. On 17, I left an eagle putt just 5 cm short to win and needed a par on 18 to bring my point to the team. 

Great feeling, great atmosphere in the Team...

Paris, Friday 4 October 2013

Important win, said Captain Olazabal! I played great today...

GB&I played well and could have square the match...

Tomorrow morning with Gonzo (once again but I love this partnership) against Lawrie and Gallacher (once again) in foursome...

Paris, Thursday 3 October 2013

Brillant Gonzo today, hot putter... I came back in the game later...

Tomorrow we play Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher, a strong pair!

I love those team competition, and the course is in perfect condition, quite inspiring...

Paris, Wednesday 2 October 2013

Pro-am day yesterday, we had our first meeting with Captain Tchema and a dinner together, we will play 9-12 or 18 holes this Wednesday with another meeting at 1PM to make the final pairings for Thursday, where we will play 5 matches in 4BBB.

Paris, Tuesday 1 October 2013

Drove from Ravenstein yesterday night after a very pleasant afternoon with Bernard Lescot and his Leopold Club of enterprises (Royal Leo was my hockey club).

Today, first day of the Seve Trophy, we are playing in a pro-am at 1.00.

I really like those team events, so it's with pleasure that I will spend this week with Captain Olazabal who also selected me for the Royal Trophy at the end of the year...

After this very busy week in Belgium, I feel totally fit (tx Blaise), 100% ready for the next important weeks. My team is also ready, Vince, Mich, Jérôme, Blaise and Brian. October and November, 2 important months to go.

For the Seve Trophy, it's always interesting to puzzle with the pairings, this is Txema Olazabal's work, first pairings announced tomorrow.

Seve Trophy by Golf +, Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche, France
177 134 27-Sep-2013

Knokke le Zoute, Saturday 29 September 2013

Kings of Golf: Great day, great public, great organization, good money for the charities, great for golf in Belgium!

Knokke Le Zoute, Friday 27 September 2013

Nice interview on Sporting Telenet tonight and then direction Knokke Le Zoute.

Tonight I will support Cédric Dumont op de Grote Sprong in Brugge!


Kings of Golf - Royal Zoute
178 133 25-Sep-2013

Kapellen, Wednesday 25 September 2013

Happy Anniversary Royal Antwerp, 125 years old, see you today!

Kings of Golf - A week-end in Royal Zoute with Sergio, Sam and Ian!

Next week in Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche near Versailles Paris, for the Seve Trophy a 4 days of Tournament, I'll be ready Captain Olazabal...


125 Years Royal Antwerp GC
179 132 23-Sep-2013

Royal Zoute, Monday 23 September 2013

The European Tour called me today during the 2PM day at Royal Zoute: "You're in the continental selection!".

Great announcement because it was my main objective in Italy: making the Team for the Seve Trophy and playing once again for Captain Txema Olazabal.

Italy stays a good memory and if if was at 100%, I could have certainly won but my batteries were too low and I missed too many shots on the three last days... I must also admit that I had no break of luck at all all day! Anyway, it's a good tournament and certainly a great course, a nice culture and a perfect gastronomy.


Le Zoute, 2PM - Seve Trophy announcement
180 131 16-Sep-2013

Torino, Sabato 21 Settembre 2013

Good moments and some bad ones... some bad lies, it was no placing today (didn't know why?)...

Too far from some pins, but putted well today once again... didn't like my 2nd and 3rd shots on 18...

But still in the hunt, just there, ready for some action tomorrow... This course is not surrending at all, nobody yet at -15...

Torino, Venerdi 20 Settembre 2013

A very intens day, a lot of public, like for a Sunday... B Game today but still in the hunt. Great putting since Akron. Saturday's game at 11.50.

Torino, Giovedi 19 Settembre 2013

A clean start with 6 birdies in a row, then a shaky beginning of the back nine, some tough pin position, and 2 or 3 putts that could have go in for birdies like 14, 16 and 17. But the last hole gave me the -7, in position before the next days. Did some interviews and charity things for the Italian Open and Rolex and went for some practice before a well deserved "siesta". Tonight, I'll do at a clinic with Edoardo Molinari. Long day but it's important to sustain the European Tour organizers!

Torino, Mercoledi 18 Settembre 2013

Pro-Am with a Rolex team today, always nice to spend 5 hours with nice people, having fun and playing great golf, thanks Clara, Suzanne and Jerry, ohhh, no, John (Director Maui Jim)!

Not yet the full carburation but I stoped the antibiotics today. I hope for a progressive physical form increase...

La Mandria is a quite good test of golf, the greens are huge and undulated and the rough is very punishing! It might be more severe than the neighbour course I Roveri and the scores might be not as good as last year...

Will play Thursday at 8.20 with Cicco (or Franky) Molinari and Bernd Wiesberger.

By the way: Don't believe all you read in the press, I can still be qualified for the Seve Trophy In Paris!

Torino, Martedi 17 Settembre 2013

Superb weather here in Torino (Turin Italy). Played only a few holes today on a splendid course with great greens. Simple design but beautiful... Why can't we have more courses like that in Belgium!!!!

I had a long putting session, an interview or two, a chat with Retief Goosen and tonight I'm invited by the fratelli Molinari in a "piccolo ristorante pero delicioso"!!!! Nothing beats intalian gastronomy...

La Mandria is their home course! Playing with Francesco on Thursday at 8.20 from the 10th. Good to be here, I over like this Open that Flory Van Donck has won 4 times (it's the 70th edition). The President of the club, Lorenzo Silva, has played with Philippe Toussaint that beats him in Villa d'Este by 3/2! The former President was the famous Engineer Sergio Pininfarina, a legend in the automobile design indusrtry (i.a. his partnership with Enzo Ferrari, ...).

Torino, Lunedi 16 Settembre 2013

Siamo arrivati oggi a Torino!

Open d'Italia LINDT
181 130 9-Sep-2013

Brussels, Saturday 14 September 2013

Went to the doctor yesterday who confirms the "Angine Blanche" but changed the medication with a more pertinent antibiotic! I had rest all day and my first solid food since Wednesday! Time for some television (KLM, Furyk 59, Anderlect good first half, Pieters 3rd round, ...)...

Can't wait for the Italian Open...

Kennemer, Friday 13 September 2013

Anginitis too severe, still fever, body not working, even worse than yesterday, the doctor agrees that it's stupid to try to play a round today, so I withdraw from the tournament...

After 4 weeks without tournament this is not the return I was hoping for. My game is in super shape... But I need to accept this kind of hurdle in a life of a sportman.

I really hope to be totally fit for Italy next week.

Kennemer, Thursday 12 September 2013

Since yesteday, anginitis, fever all night also... Went to the tournament direction this morning before my start to tell the situation...

No legs, no much concentration, very heavy clubs but a good rythm and a some game...

Good for 14 holes but 5 hours was much too long and I completely fell apart on the 3 last holes. No legs at all, no concentration and a terrible 18 with a ball in the woods from the tee and a unplayable ball near the green and 2 putts.

It's a pitty for that 18th hole  but I was exhausted... let's see what tomorrow brings...

Kennemer, Tuesday 10 September 2013

What a climate change! So much rain, heavy winds and cold temperatures... if the wind stays like this, it's gonna be a tough challenge...

Played 9 holes this morning with Thomas Pieters, you could see that he loved it... There 's so much to learn out there and I payed enough to learn, so it's a pleasure to share it with him...

I love the European Tour and it's my turn to support the tournament. For the dutch television, Daan Slooter organized an "neary" (nearest to the pin) on the beach with severe winds in our face and an original sand green. Dyson, Luiten, Matteo (to be pronounced Ma-tteo) and others were competing... Guess who won with a secret creative low shot???

We did more training in the afternoon, Jay was freezing but my putting and my short game are looking allright. Menu for tomorrow:

- 8.00 training

 - 11.00 press conference

- 13.00 Pro-Am

Starting time on Thursday: 8.15 Tee 10 and on Friday 13.15 (1.15 PM) on the 1rst tee. Tom is starting 70 min after me, from the same tee.

Kennemer, Monday 9 September 2013

Long time no see ;o)

4 weeks off with one week in NY to play the Notah Begay charity event. Great fun, well organized, I do appreciate a lot Notah's commitment.

Time to be on Tour again. The KLM Open is played in Kennemer, a links course near Amsterdam. Good to be on a links course, good to be in Holland so close of Brussels. A lot of respect for our neighbors! Daan Slooter manage this event with energy and passion and I sustain all his efforts as much as I can. I will participate to two events tomorrow and Wednesday... This is good for golf in Europe!

Message to all golf fans in Belgium: do not hesitate to come here on the coast in Zandvoort, it's close and it's a fine tournament. Thomas Pieters is in the field, he received an invite, he's young, he's learning his job and will need all your support also!

We had a meeting this morning at Royal Waterloo, with all the team (Mich, Djay, Vincent) where we fine tuned my swing. Djay is with me to prepare the tournament... Can't wait to debut this new Race to Ryder Cup year. This is my main goal for the next 12 months, to make the Ryder Cup team!

KLM Open Kennemer GC
182 129 19-Aug-2013

Monday 19 August 2013

Second week of rest. Will spend a few days in Euskal Herria (the Pays Basque, Basque country). No golf but physio exercices to be totally fit for my next tournament, the KLM Open in Holland.

47e on the World Ranking now. Quite normal after the 3 last tournaments with 2 missed cuts...

Next program: KLM Open, Italian Open, Kings of Golf, Portuguese Open...

By the way with a 45th place at the Wyndham I would have been in the Fedex Cup... This is for next year.


Break till KLM Open
183 128 7-Aug-2013

USPGA, Sunday 8 August 2013

Missed by one. I know the story. I need to rest for one month, heal totally from my neck and shoulder injuries. Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from the Wyndham and the Fedex Cup. The Fedex was my second goal of the year. Unsuccessful there...

I will come back in september to play the KLM and then the Italian Open...


USPGA, Wednesday 7 August 2013

Fine tuning day today. 9 holes with the Italians, "Manny" Manassero and "Cicco" Molinari, the back nine, and a short practice session on all shot I will need here at Oak Hill.

Definitely, it will be a "locker driver" week. I stand with my strategy even if it will rain and it will blow more than during the practice days. i will drive with my new Callaway 3 wood XHot or with irons. I feel good and confortable with my game.

But this course is very demanding, with deep and dense rough and firm greens...

USPGA, Tuesday 6 August 2013

Oak Hill is certainly one of the toughest challenge of the year. The length, the rough, the firmness of the greens are very severe. Fairways and greens will be so important for this tournament.

My driving was not brilliant at the WGC. With the help of the Callaway technicians, we decide to build a strong 3 wood, Callaway Xhot Deep Face with an Aldila Tour ATX85 2.8 X. The driver might stay in the locker.

Great 3 ball on Thursday with Brandt Snedeker and Jason Day...


USPGA OAK Hill Gold and Country Club Rochester NY
184 127 30-Jul-2013

Akron Ohio, Sunday 4 August 2013

2 ways to see it: score wise = bad tournament, coaching wise = on my way: "Rome wasn't build in a day" , the road of progress is long, hard to live but also interesting...  I have the support of my yeam. They're all there already for the USPGA...

Other week, other challenge, but still on the new road we choose...

Akron Ohio, Saturday 3 August 2013

Happy Birthday Vince!

Akron Ohio, Friday 2 August 2013

Some good some bad, one of these rounds that could have been more costly... Not quite as the 61 of Tiger!

Nevertheless, one birdie more and one bogey less than yesterday. Improvement in the score but still too many bad shots like on the stretch 4-5-6...

And a bomb also, 390 yards off the tee...

Akron Ohio, Thursday 1 August 2013

Great start, then I lost my swing for 9 holes and putted quite well to save only 4 bogeys... I saw an happy Mich after 18 holes because he noticed a very interesting improvement in my game: "Much more exciting to watch when you hole these putts..." were his words.

This course is prepared like a Major, with narrow fairways and super fast greens, you need your A game, and I had it for 9 holes only. You can't be wild off the tee here, instantly punished... I can tell...

Watch those first 10 today for the next week Major, the USPGA, they won't be far away.

Akron Ohio, Tuesday 30 July 2013

There we go for the 3rd WGC of the year on a very demanding driving course. A lot of 3 wood for me as it is pretty narrow and long...

I have a revenge to take from last season, these two "majors" in a row were not good experiences, I really want to finish higher this year...

WGC Bridgestone at Firestone GC Akron Ohio
185 126 23-Jul-2013

Thanks for the success

This edition was brillant: organisation, weather, course, public, press and performance!

Piet Van den Bussche and his team has made it work once again, this was the biggest event in golf in 2013 with more than 2.000 spectators!

Thanks to the solid games of my opponents, Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters, we played some great golf. -11 between Pieters and myself!

Thanks to my birdie on 18 to go at -6, I could break the course record. 66 is to beat now (with a double bogey on 8 where my ball stayed in a tree... unplayable + 1 penalty stroke).

Thanks you all for being already 1500 to have reserved your ticket in Damme

Thanks to Golf.be for their organization and to Damme GCC for hosting this Giving back Event.

It's all about helping the Juniors and inspire them,

It's also about sustain the future careers of Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry,

And it's about meeting our fans and spending a golfing day together in a great atmosphere,

Thanks to all the partners and volunteers who will help us Wednesday,

I'm really excited, let's have fun!



Nicolas Colsaerts & Friends - 24 July - DAMME G.C.C.
186 125 15-Jul-2013

Muirfield, Friday 19 July 2013

1 stroke above the cut, 15 was a nightmare!

Debriefing later with my team.

A new chapter has to begin!

Muirfield, Thursday 18 July 2013

That second shot on 15 killed my plan. I wanted to stay to the 17 at +1, make a birdie at 17 and finish in par. Lost versus my plan 2 strokes at 15 and 2 at 17 and ended +4. Very disapointed!

Now the battle is not over... But in the afternoon the warmth and the sunshine make this course, fairways and greens, so fast and hard that the challenge will be very tough.

Let's see if I can sneak into the top 70 tomorrow.

Muirfield, Wednesday 17 July 2013

We played 5 holes, the ones we didn't play yesterday, to be sure to have analyzed all the possibilities. Tomorrow morning with Brian, knowing how the wind is reacting, we'll take 10 min to define our strategy on each hole. Doubts are golfers ennemies, and we will do everything to have a clear mind and strong decisions!

Good practice session on the range, short but efficient, on the chipping green and on the putting green where Mich inisited on a wider stance and a faster rythm. Quite happy of my game in general but the Open in Muirfield is certainly one the toughest challenge in the World of Golf since 1892!

Muirfield, Tuesday 16 July 2013

We played later today, 14 holes and a little practice.

Made up a new 2 iron, I had the feeling to need a different gear to fit for Muirfield. The Fairways are so fast and firm, that I won't be able to hit a driver or a 3 wood. You can't fool the course here, bunkers and thick rough are taking care of any tentative shots...

Mich is quite happy with my game and I must say that I see Muirfield with another feeling, we are getting accustomed with the design and all the pitfalls of this Major course: the first with two loops of nine holes, one clockwise and one counter clockwise! Here, you never play more than 3 holes with the same wind: also the first design to do so. It's also at Muirfield, on this course, that in 1892 The Open was first played in 72 holes in 4 days...

Muirfield, Monday 15 July 2013

Its was sunny and blue sky today, but gosh how difficult this course is, so tough, okay the wind was blowing quite hard... But amazingly, the players around me didn't seem to have the same feeling. But anyway, this test is more brutal than the US Open Merion Golf Course... Maybe it was only a first opinion after 18 holes but I'm convinced that this a serious challenge... And it was beautiful weather, windy of course but sunny...so not a typical British Open weather...

By the way, the rough is unplayable.

And it will be so difficult to be near the pins...

Well I can be wrong but that's my first feeling, we'll see during the tournament...

Tee time are out, and very originally, I play with Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson... like at the US Open...

Vince, Mich and Blaise are here.

Tonight we had a great Callaway gig at the Renaisance Golf Club, Alvaro Quiros was quite funny, made me laugh and all the guests, he won the bunker competition but I won the Driving contest and the club speed contest... The Belgian Bomber rules...

The British Open, Muirfield Scotland
187 124 9-Jul-2013

Castle Stuart, Sunday 14 July 2013

Ok, 8th place, good for another top 10 this year. Shaved too many holes the first 3 days to play for the win, and on the 3rd my ball strucked the cup of the hole (flag) on my 2nd shot and went back nto deep rough: good for a bogey, unlucky...

Now short flight to Edinburgh to prepare for The Open...

The difference is great, how faster we're playing in Europe, I enjoyed it...

Castel Stuart, Saturday 13 July 2013

Another 68, i'm climbing the ranking on my rythm, still with a very solid game without anything flamboyant...

Some wind tomorrow could change the scores here. A lot of players enjoyed the easy conditions but this golfcourse can bite back... We'll see on Sunday.

Castle Stuart, Friday 12 July 2013

Needed that 68 today, but there was more to take out there. 6 shots out of the lead 2 days to go...

33 greens in regulation on 36 (17 today), but a bit too far from the pins and too many putts,

This weather is fantastic but not challenging enough for the shots to the greens and many players can go for birdies. But nevertheless I'm pleased, so is certainly Mich, and Blaise also, who were concerned about my swing due to my neck problem last week. 

If my next only 2 bogeys are on the 4th, I'll take it!

Castle Stuart, Thursday 11 July 2013

Very clean round, too clean, could have made 6 birdies more on this very quiet and beautiful day. -4 or -5 would have been a better and realistic score with 16 greens in regulation. Never easy to score low after a week off and a first round on a links course since so long...

Castle Stuart, Tuesday 9 July 2013

Arrived in Scotland for the Scottish Open on  this beautiful liks course. Will play 9 holes with Thomas who arrived at 2AM after a long trip... Welcome on life on Tour Tom!

Tomorrow I'll play the Pro-Am with a charity purpose, the Tour and David Park prepared a new Tartan trouser to wear during the pro-am!

Scottish Open Castle Stuart
188 123 2-Jul-2013

Brussels, 7 July 2013

Last Crossfit session of the week, nearly all team was there: Blaise, Vincent and his son, Mich in a halterophily session. Great BBQ just after at the Crossfit Power factory (Thanks William).

Some chipping this afternoon before flying to Scotland tomorrow to Inverness for the Scottish Open.

Enjoyed this sunny weather in Brussels and the company of Lance Young from Excel Sport, a company we will work together, a good partnership that we have already experienced since 6 months. The three first Europeans in Mark Steinberg stable are Justin Rose, Thomas Pieters and myself...

Great finish of Thomas in Paris, top 30, good experience and good money on his account, also important when you're young.

Brussels, 5 July 2013

And what about the great rounds of Thomas Pieters at the Open de France! Receiving an invite and making the cut is a huge achievement for a young player, the kind of start he wanted to have. Great to have another Belgian on Tour, Belgium is not big in size but big in talent! Thomas and myself, it's the same "team"...

Brussels, 4 July 2013

To all my American friends, I wish you all a wonderful Independence Day!

Brussels, 2 July 2013

US PGA Tour is secured for 2014, that was the purpose of this last month. Priority to this objective that's why I'm not playing the Open de France. But I'm cheering for Thomas Pieters... Not an easy task as only Belgian... with this special course, the noise, the crowd, the media's... Anyway if he needs, our mobile phones are open for any advice...  We have already given the major ones...

Crossfit week with Richard and a visit to Rolex this afternoon, I couldn't resist to buy a new model...


Between tournaments ...
189 122 26-Jun-2013

Congressional, Sunday 30 June 2013

A round without birdie is always a sign that I played without juice. Played too many tournaments recently, I was mentally drained, but now with 14 tournaments and 672.000 dollars, my US card is secured for 2014. Still 3 tournaments to go for me for this special PGA Tour season: British Open, WGC Bridgestone and USPGA, 3 big tournaments, before the Fedex Cup playoffs.

I can now concentrate only on each tournaments without others concerns: minimal numbers of tournament to be played (15) and minimal money ranking top 125 to secure my card for 2014. So I have 3 more tournaments to improve my situation but with less stress.

This first semester of the year was very demanding but also rich in things to learn, we learned more that we actually performed but Rome was not built in 6 months.

This week will be a crossfit week with Richard, a day with my partner Knauf and some rest before the Scottish Open followed by the British Open.

Congressional, Saturday 29 June 2013

And then came the 11th... lost 6 strokes in 5 holes. On a long and warm day, an error of distraction at the wrong time...

But two good birdies just after the bad streak and I'm still there in the hunt. This course is a tough opponent, this Sunday nobody will fly out the starting blocks. Greens will get firmer and more than ever I will use my high trajectories but, yes, you'll need first to find the fairways...

Congressional, Friday 28 June 2013

Played 7 holes, then had to come back to the club house, then back on the course, then back inside. Heavy rain, storms, lightning, we have had it all...

Back on the course tomorrow Saturday at 7.00 AM.

Long and tiring days...

Tonight, a strong Five Guys or a Chipotle?

Congressional, Thursday 27 June 2013

Good round, maybe saved by a good putt on the 10th , my first hole, to save a bogey after a ball in the water hazard. -2 at the end of the round. This blue course is set up like a US Open, maybe not as narrow but pretty long and tough.

The weather, warm and humid, is not my favorite. Quite exhausted. It's really time that I have a week-off to load the batteries with crossfit, rest, friends and some belgian gastronomy like "croquettes crevettes"...

Congressional, Tuesday 25 June 2013

Congressional is a tough long test with long irons to the greens... But I like it... Played a nice practice round with Charles Howell, I enjoyed it. Unfortunately thunderstorms are on the menu at this period of the year. We are just between a very hot stream from the south and some cold air from Canada, if you see what I mean...

I have a story for you...

A few years ago, Vince and Mich taught a Kid from Belgium to play golf. It was in Royal Hainaut. His name is Antoine. Golf is a hell of a wonderful sport. Playing golf as a professional like I do since I'm 18 years old is a battle. Well, Antoine is facing his own battle to recover his health. During the next weeks and months, I will be playing some important tournaments like the British Open, the US PGA, the WGC and maybe the Fedex play offs. But the first step of this long season 2013 is to secure my card on the PGA Tour for 2013. Starting this week on this super tough track of Congressional. This is a message for Antoine, and all kids dealing with health problems, golfers or not, just be with me in the next weeks and months, let's face our challenges together and we will meet at the end of season for a good drink. The Junior Bombers will be there also. I will see you there Antoine...

Washington DC, Bethesda, Congressional Country Club
190 121 18-Jun-2013

TPC River Highlands, Saturday 21 June

Cut missed, not much to say honestly but I need to confess that I felt this Friday morning the after effect of last week. I was exhausted, bad Karma...

The good news is that I will spend the week-end with friends in family style...

Newt week, direction Washington for the AT&T at Congressional GC. Played there two years ago the US Open; quite a long course, certainly if the fairways are soft...

I enjoyed the NBA finals, what a great match and suspense... Lebron James and Dwayne Wade were just great! A true moment of sport.

Cheers to the Red Lions in Field Hockey, congrats for your final in the World League...

TPC River Highlands, Tuesday 18 June

What a nice last day at the US Open! A nice story with an happy end! That birdie/par finish on 17 and 18 is a sweet revenge for the Saturday and the misfortune on 18. It was a really tough test but fair. I must admit that the USGA has done a great job choosing Merion, it's a gem of a course, well prepared for the most testing Major and finally quite fair. All credit to Mike Davis, the Executive Director of the US Open.

Yesterday after my round we went to the Airport to catch the flight to Connecticut and The Travelers Championship - we took 5 min to stop by a Five Guys ;o) - on TPC River Highlands.

Don't know the course, but when I see the last winners list, the length of the course, I have a first idea of how's this course...

Congrats to Justin Rose, so happy that he won, we had a chat Sunday morning at breakfast and I thought he could do well.

Travelers Championship- Cromwell Connecticut
191 120 8-Jun-2013

Merion, Saturday 15 June 2013

Start at 2.18 pm (20.18 Central European time).

Wind is up, the sun is shining (28 °), Merion is drying up, greens were glazed... You can barely sink a tee in the greens, it's 100% sand, nearly concrete...

I played with Charl Schwartzel and Hunter Mahan, all 3 of the same generation...

Started badly with a double bogey and finished horribly with a triple. I had my problems and bad lucks for the tournament... That's done! Didn't putt so well as the two previous days, my eyes didn't work so efficiently and I didn't make the ball to roll as I wanted.

But there are two ways of seeing things: I can wallow on self-pity or I believe on a 4th strong round. I'll opt for the second solution. Who knows what can happen if I play 3 or 4 under par tomorrow. That final stretch is so tough that a lead of 1 or 2 strokes can disappear after 1 shot! Yes I could have played better, but yes I keep my chances tomorrow. This was another very long day, tonight I did practice till 8.45 PM to find my Mojo on the greens...

Merion, Friday 14 June 2013

Waow this course with a swirling wind is so demanding. Happy to be in "the heat of the game", two long more days... Merion in these conditions is an incredible test!

Happy also to have finished my two rounds today.

Only 8 rounds under par in 2 days, and "la crème de la crème" is on the starting list.


Merion, Thursday 13 June 2013

Great start today from the 11th with a clutch putt at the 12th for par! Then 2 good birdies and pars before the play was suspended. Three and a half hours and a lot of rain later and we could get back on the course. With the change of conditions, I played sloppy and made a couple of bogeys. Couldn't hit the fairways and the greens for a few holes.

And another clutch putt on 6 helped me to finish neatly. Very pleased with the 69.

People should stop telling this course is short. First of all it's a masterpiece of design. Second, there are more pitfalls here than anywhere else. Third, the rough is super penalizing and the greens are glazing fast. Fourth, the conditions are continually changing because of the winds and the rain, you need to adapt your feelings on how the greens and the ball will react. Finally, there is the softness of the greens and fairways. High clubhead speed players, like myself, need to assess the spin, and this is very difficult to control...

So Merion has so many weapons to defend his pars, it's a real tough challenge...

Merion, Wednesday 12 June 2013

Another great practice day, Mich flew back this afternoon to Europe with a relieved soul. "it's the best build up in Majors we had, Nicolas, you're striking the ball better than ever and your short game is sharp, I can leave you and Vince in peace".

By the way, this golf is a masterpiece in architecture. No architect could have his diploma without studying this course. Now, Merion will bite you, that's for sure! We are going to suffer, the greens are already faster, 13,2 on the stimpeter! Lightning fast... 

Tomorrow the forecast is horrible: rain and thunderstorms between 3 AM and 10 AM.

Anyway, the wake up call is on 4.00 AM, we will leave at 4.45 to be at 5.15 at the course, prcatice, have breakfast and be at the shuttle 45 min before the start. We have to ride from the West course to the East course... 20 min transport...

Merion, Tuesday 11 June 2013

Finally the sun came up but the course suffered, the greens are quite soft... all the surroundings of the tournament are muddy, it's unbelievable how much it rained... The forecast is ok for Wednesday but very bad for Thursday... Played 10 holes today and had a splendid practice session. Isao Aoki came to see because my strokes were making some great sounds!

Merion, Monday 10 June 2013

Wake up 5.30 to play at 7.00 for 9 holes to prepare the game on Thursday, but it was raining, then pouring and at 6.15 AM came the thunderstorms. We couldn't play a hole before 11.00. So we came back at the club in the afternoon and it didn't stop raining and lightning. I just had time to make a tee shot on 14! Completely washed, even our bones were humid.

The course is severely damaged by the rain that won't stop before 2.00AM tonight. I need to cancel my round at Pine Valley tomorrow because we need to play 18 holes tomorrow, to feel how's the course in wet conditions. The forecast is ok for Tuesday and Wednesday but rainy again on Thursday. Fortunately, we'll have a quite sunny week end from Friday...We'll see...

Merion, Sunday 9 June 2013

Great day of practice. Woke up at 6.00, on the first tee at 7.30 for 18 holes... Mich and Vince were also very enthusiast about that course. You can already forget one thing: this is not a short course!!! This is a bloody "striker" course...

This place reminds us the surroundings of London. So is the nature around here. Pennsylvania is beautiful, old trees, rolling land, creeks, rivers... Merion is an awesome piece of parkland and a splendid course, tough, super tough but inspiring.

I played alone (with Mich, Vince and Brian) for 18 holes and we enjoyed every step, every shot, every eye catching view. But hell, we're gonna suffer on these holes. Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA, has done a wonderful job. This is a real "Major" test of golf on a course designed and opened around 1911...

Played really well, Mich is quite happy with the way I'm playing, I have the course in the eye and that's quite positive. We had a long session on and around the putting green and the vibes are interesting!

New York, Friday 7 June 2013

Guess who will share my starting time on Thursday at 7.00AM?

Bubba and Dustin, inspiring isn't it!

US Open - Merion
192 119 4-Jun-2013

Pittsburgh, Tuesday 4 June 2013

Since last Saturday, I'm really in a training mood. After having lost my confidence on hole 2 last Thursday, I had quite a difficult round on 3 holes (+8)... The 72 on Friday was one of the best round of the day, this 72 means more than a good round. It's a new start with all the stuff we decide to work on the putting. "Djay" (Theunis) is with me to make me practice everyday before the US Open. Personnally, I'm a much better practicer when I'm with a trainer... really need those sessions...

Our trip from Dublin Ohio started on Monday where we played 18 holes and practiced at the Firestone Golf club in Akron where I will play the WGC Bridgestone at the end of July.

Today, I'll play Oakmont, one of the most prestigious course in the States, really looking forward to...

From Wednesday we will be around New York to test some of their best courses...

Latest news: I finally found the real name of my coaching junior team: The Junior Bombers! They'll have their third training, and Mich was happy of the last one, some of the bodies are moving in the right way with a fast club, swinging freely, and stroking some bombs... they'll have training tomorrow...

Training Week US Open
193 118 29-May-2013

The Memorial, Saturday 1 June 2013

INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCES OF THE TWO BELGIANS THOMAS PIETERS AND THOMAS DETRY, THEY ARE IN FINAL OF THE NCAA WITH THEIR ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY TEAL AGAINST ALABAMA. FINAL TOMORROW. PROUD BELGIANS!!!!

The Memorial, Friday 31 May 2013

I tell you this: 72 on this golf course is a hell of a good score. The greens are so fast that you can totally loose your confidence like it happened to me yesterday on the second hole... A training week-end for me...

The Memorial, Thursday 30 May 2013

Really suffered today on those lightning fast greens...

The Memorial, Wednesday 29 May 2013

Great day of putting, with Dave Stockton and Djay Theunis...

Standing taller and keeping the blade alongside the green (low), it's always the same story but I had to change my routine for my alignment, this is maybe the cause of my putting problems. By the way, a new putter is in the bag, the Odyssey White Hot 2 ball blade.

Great chat with Tom Watson on the Range...

And what a surpirse when Jack Nicklaus asked me to come tp his clinic. he wanted me to show some "bombers" drive and also some special ones, like my low ones, someting I'm the only to be able to do (dixit Nicklaus)...

See the pics on the range

The Memorial - Dublin Ohio USA
194 117 20-May-2013

Wentworth, Sunday 26 May 2013

Finished strongly at -4 total, but but a bitter taste of missed opportunities. I could have been much higher in the ranking...

I'll fly on Monday to the States to play the Memorial Tournament in Dublin Ohio, Jack Nicklaus'course. It's a beautiful track with exceptional greens. It's gonna be a hard working week with the putter...

Wentworth, Saturday 25 May 2013

My worst start in this tournament. I couldn't find the right lines on the greens that were slower than the 2 first days. One more day to make a revenge on the greens on this Sunday with Raphaël Jacquelin, nicknamed "The President"... 

Wentworth, Friday 24 May 2013

Very solid round today in awful weather. It was freezing cold and raining. In need of making more putts to be really in contention, but overall I'm quite happy with my chipping and long game. The course is playing quite difficult with the wind and the rain...

I stayed patient after my 3 putts on the 9 and the meter putt missed for birdie at the 10th. The 11th was a key hole, made birdie there as I was down after that chance missed on 10. That birdie was some mental issue!

Wentworth, Thursday 23 May 2013

Typically a par that could have been a -4. The good draw was in the morning, we had showers, cold and a 1 hour suspension! Too many putts but a superb long game. A score to confirm tomorrow.

Wentworth, Wednesday 22 May 2013

It's so cold since 2 days here in Wentworth. Pretty intense program on Tuesday: played 9 holes, had 4 interviews, a meeting with George O'Grady with Luke, Sergio, Rory, Peter, Paul, Graeme, Lee, Ian, ... players members on the PGA Tour and a meeting with the Team and Captain Jose Maria Olazabal for the captain's gift, a Rolex watch with the result in Medinah engraved on the back of it.  And later, the European Tour night with the awards presentation and a also the celebration of the Miracle in Medinah... Great moment...

I found unfair for Sergio to be interviewed on Tiger, he was surprised and tried some humor but miscued and offended Tiger because it was not the place and the moment to make some humor... Everything went too quick, but once again why does an american interviewer from golf channel on stage bother him with personal affairs during a European Team Ryder Cup celebration? It's a tough world when you have to be smart in public in instant seconds. I really found it unfair, an European interviewer wouldn't have talked about his relations with Tiger, it was inappropriate to go personal and Sergio felt in the trap of misinterpretation... Sergio felt so bad all day and he didn't sleep at night...

Today was the pro-am at 8.00, wake-up at 5.45 and played with a great team and we finished 2nd. The course is playing quite long, the bunkers are playing tough with very little sand in them and the greens are not so fast because of the cold weather and the rain.

They expect a rude weather forecast with low temperatures, rain and high north winds... Not really enjoyable, certainly from a spectator point of view, and we have always a quite good gallery here!

Wentworth, Monday 20 May 2013

Arrived yesterday night in London. This morning, with Mich we'll go to the club for a long putting session, Mich has some items to suggest...

This afternoon, some shopping in London because I need a new smoking shirt, my old one is getting too small. Tomorrow night is the great Night of the European Tour with the awards presentation and a special celebration for the "Miracle at Medinah", the win at the Ryder Cup.

This week is quite a buzzy week, all the best european players are here, so officials, press, brands, sponsors, tournament organizers, promotors, everybody gathers to Wentworth the week of the PGA Championship. This is the flagship of european golf, the biggest tournament on the european tour with the British Open!

BMW PGA Championship - Wentworth
195 115 14-May-2013

Thracian Cliffs, Saturday 18 May 2013

It's over. Graeme made the putts on the front nine and he deserves the win. I had some key putts this afternoon that I had to make, like the one on 16. You can't win a match against the 8th in the world, without holing 2 or 3 putts from over than 10 feet...

The match in the morning was strange as Gonzalo came back in the game in the last holes, hopefully the 18th was for me!

Beautiful setting but not a course that suits my game as Finca did, a bit tricky here like that 17th green...

Next week: BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth

Thracian cliffs, Friday 17 May 2013

A much better round today than than against Branden where I didn't enter in the match, and when I did it was too late... This win was important, I can now build up in the competition where I will need to make more putts... certainly against Gonzalo, a tough opponent. Tomorrow 8.45!

 Thracian Cliffs, Wednesday 15 May 2013

Finally 18 holes On that demanding Thracian course. Pleased with my game, Mich also. These 18 holes were played in a Pro-Am format. Then we played 9 more holes afterwards with different chips and putts on each hole. i'm as ready as I can.

Tomorrow first match against Branden Grace, a tough opponent...

By the way, 2 luggages are still missing...

Thracian Cliffs, Tuesday 14 May 2013

And finally my clubs arrived! I lost 2 days of training. tomorrow will be my only training day but it's pro-am, so I can't practice the course and try trajectories as I need to. great sitting here, beautiful place but it would be even nicer with sunny sky! It rain this morning and the wind is now blowing like hell.

I was looking forward to this tournament not only because I'm a past winner but also because it's the first tournament of an important stretch of the season with the PGA at Wentworth, The Memorial and US open in the States and then the British Open, the WGC Bridgestone and the USPGA in less than 2 month. That's when you need to be sharp and that you must make your season!

Volvo World Match Play - Thracian Cliffs
196 114 13-May-2013

Golf bag found in Brussels Airport

Thanks to Brussels Airlines department of communications, 3 ladies searched for a long time but they found the golf clubs because it's oversize and very heavy, the workers had it put aside!

Thanks to everybody who helped us, we had a lot of support, it's a great relief to have my golf clubs back.

Now, if some union or strikers wants to participate to my expenses, they already may know that it's is more than a one year salary of a worker! Useless expenses...

You need to know that my mother took my reserve golf bag from Paris to Sofia. The flight in Paris was cancelled, she arrived in Sofia at 12.00 at night and the luggage never arrived. So now I need to find a third plan with a private jet tomorrow morning to bring my golf clubs and some clothes: what a waste of energy and money... 2 training days also wasted! Thanks Swissport!

MY LUGGAGE IS BLOCKED in Brussels Airport

Does somebody know somenone from Brussels Airport or SN Brussels Airlines to make possible that my people would have access to the luggage and take them back. Somebody would then travel from Paris or Amsterdam to bring them to me!
Thanks for communicating with my manager Vincent Borremans present in Brussels: 0475/700.759
How can you be unlucky defending a world Title...

Brussels Airport- Luggage Problem
197 113 4-May-2013

Brussels, Thursday 12 May 2013

Ready to fly to Bulgaria tomorrow morning. Great weather there, I heard, much better than the cold rain over here.

We had a great meeting with the team yesterday night, restaurant and a walk at a Brussels Kermesse (I could not say no to "smoutebollen").

Some interesting football matches this afternoon and just after another session with Blaise and I'll be ok...


Brussels, Wednesday 8 May 2013

Today was the announcement of The Kings of Golf, a new golf event in Royal Zoute on 28 and 29 september. The tournament will be a charity Skins game in favor of three Charities, each player defending one of his choice.

A whiff of Ryder Cup will float in the air with Sergio Garcia and Sam Torrance joining me on Sunday for a Clinic and a 10 holes (the back nine) tournament. Quality show guaranteed with the 3 par 5's and the 11th, the par 3 with a brand new green and new tees!

The Kings of Golf by Optima is organized by Andy Hancock and his company VAAV Communication.

The press conference took place at the B19 Business Center in Uccle, a nice initiative of my friend John Bogaerts!

For more info's: KingsOfGolf.be

Brussels, Tuesday 7 May 2013

Tomorow, press conference around a new golf event in September! More to come tomorrow...

My days are quite full, Vincent has a solid program for me: dentist, crossfit with Richard, Blaise Erpicum, Doctor Balon Perin, Press day, etc...

Answers to some questions:

The Players: just in the middle of a transatlantic flight between the US and Europe and after already 4 tournaments, it was time to take a break.

Open de France: is not in our schedule. It can change but I think we will rather prepare the British Open!

Brussels, Saturday 4 May 2013

Came back sooner than expected, missed the cut. This gave me the opportunity to follow the second day of the selection of the Junior team that we are gonna teach for 2 years thanks to the help of my partner 2PM (Portfolio Management).

Here are the selected players: Anna Theuwis (Millenium), Maxime Anciaux (RWGC), Matthis Besard (Waregem Golf), Jarno Tollenaire (Pierpont), Jef Vannieuwkerke (Ieper golf), Alexander Kane (Brabantse), Lowie Verbeke (De Kluizen), Charles Roeland (RWGC) et Lucas Henveaux (Sart Tilman).

Welcome to them and congrats to all the juniors who came to the selections. Good luck to all of you!


Nicolas Colsaerts Kings of Golf Royal Zoute 28-29 Sept 2013
198 112 2-May-2013

Charlotte, Friday 3 May 2013

Awful round, no comment!

Charlotte, Thursday 2 May 2013

-2 today after a great start. From the 8th, the greens are quite different, bumpier and slower. Couldn't attack those putt. I attack once and had 3 putts on 13. But I played well certainly at the end of the round as the three last holes are quite demanding.

The golfcourse had many issues with the greens, it's gonna be very special with different speed of grass (slow greens in general) and 3 to 4 greens severely damaged in the last months.

Since last week, I have two news items in and around the bag: I play the Callaway Xhot 3 wood 3 Deep I nearly don't need a driver with this bomber. I had to find the right balance in the shape of the head and the shaft to be able to work the ball as I want. The manufacturers want to build equipment that goes as straight as possible, but I want to work the trajectories.  Finally we find a deadly weapon, it's in the bag with the same shaft than my previous 3 wood.

Shoes; I tried with success the new Footjoy contour Casual shoes, so I will again play those Footjoy's at the Wells Fargo. I really appreciate the stability, the lightness and the confort of those spikeless shoes!

Wells Fargo Championship - Quail Hollow GC
199 111 26-Apr-2013

New Orleans, Sunday 28  - Monday 29 April 2013

Monday: And what about that bunker shot on the 72nd hole for an eagle and a top 10, my second on the PGA Tour with my 9th place at the WGC Accenture. 8th place at -13, quite happy before the next tournament in Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo championship.

Many Thanks to the juniors who came to the selection in Sterrebeek: Philippine, Anna, Maxime, Mathieu, Matthis, Lowie, Seppe, Alexander, Donald, Edouard, Alexandre, Ioann, Bruno, Victor and Jarno!

Sunday: Great day this Sunday, in Belgium it will be the first day that my team will discover the juniors that want to join the NCCT (Nicolas Colsaerts Junior Team). I hope you guys have nice weather! Speaking about Juniors, I'm delighted with the individual performance of Thomas Pieters (Winner) and Thomas Detry (8th) at the Big Ten Championship in the USA. Belgium on his way...

Yesterday, a bogey free round. Journalists like that... We prefer a round with a lot of birdies... But on 2 par 5's I had to make birdies but didn't. With -4, I was in a better shape to play the 4th round but that is history and I can only concentrate on my next shot: the drive on the 1rst hole this Sunday!. There are a lot of water hazards and enormous fairway bunkers here, that's a first key: stay away from them and then play close to the pins (2nd key). Greens are excellent, and my putting is confident.

New Orleans, Friday 26 April 2013

Latest news: did all kids that applied for a selection for the Nicolas Colsaerts Coaching Team receive an invitation? If not apply through this site!

Friday

I was cruising nicely today, I like the way I played my way around this TPC course (except for 17th), great duo with Brian once again, square with DiMarco at -6...

Thursday

Great come back home! I enjoyed the personality of Chris DiMarco. The guy has so many stories on Tour, second at the Masters (in playoff against Tiger), the US Open (historic battle with Tiger) and 2nd at the USPGA, WGC Accenture and the WGC Bridgestone. DiMarco is a real bulldog, a fighter on the course, someone it is a pleasure to play with!

Zurich Classic New Orleans
200 109 19-Apr-2013

Are you a passionate Belgian junior golfer between 10 and 12 years old?

As a "giving back" project to Belgian junior golfers, I organise a coaching team program called the Nicolas Colsaerts Coaching Team. My coaches led by Mich Vanmeerbeek will coach, for a first period of at least 2 years, a limited group of players, girls and boys, between 10 and 12 (9-13) years. One little team: the best way to learn and improve.

So if you are passionate, willing to improve, ready to work with a big heart and an inner flame and if you understand the values of sport, you may be selected and discover another world, our way to golf!

If you're happy with your own pro, this program is unfortunately not for you since you can't progress with 2 different coaching.

You can enter the two selections this week-end on the Golf.be web site where you will have more info.

Special thanks to 2PM, Philippe Feller, who was directly seduced by this "giving back" action to Juniors, "You do a great investment there!" he told me. 

You can always contact Vincent Borremans through this website, he's the NCCT Manager...

Nicolas Colsaerts Coaching Team - NCCT
201 108 8-Apr-2013

Augusta, Saturday 13 April 2013

The course was too demanding for my kind of conservative strategy. With those pins and with this kind of wind I had to be more precise with my second shots. Once again some of my shots landed 4 meters from the pin and ended on 15 meters of it. These shots are the reason of my disapointment. Of course there are positive elements, like the fact that I was perfectly prepared for it, I swung the club as good as ever, my chipping was great and I was not nervous on the first tee.

Experience and complying with another way of playing the shots to the green is the key of further success in Augusta and in general on the PGA Tour. And with my team, we made it clear that the second shots strategy is the key for a better scoring. I need to change my state of mind on those shots, the first step has been done yesterday night when we debriefed from those two rounds and the 7 tournaments played on the PGA Tour. This Masters closed a first chapter of the season. So, from Monday we open a second chapter with a new set of mind for the second shots.

And we begin with a change of program putting the Wells Fargo on the schedule and we won't play the Players Championship in Sawgrass. The purpose is to give me the chance to practice that new strategy for 3 weeks in a row. Then I'll take a week break and fly to Europe to play the Volvo World Match Play, the BMW PGA at Wentworth before coming back to the States to compete at the Memorial in Dublin Ohio, Jack Nicklaus' tournament!

Speaking about Augusta, I must admit that this is the tournament that I want to win. I love the setting, the design and the natural beauty. This course is quite inspirational, I love it. I must mention the public. This crowd is perfectly educated and it's a real joy to play amongst them. The fact that the weather was pretty nice here in Augusta add a lot of pleasure of being here. Looking forward to come back in 365 days with more tools to tackle the severity of these greens, really can't wait...

I hope you all like this last version of my website, I try to keep it simple but efficient for the viewers and my partners. By now, smartphones and tablets can open my website in a easy readable way! Of course it's not the most glamour or technological website but it's made in house by my team, and I like that.

Augusta, Thursday 11 April 2013

Posting a +2 today. As a first round, being caught by some Augusta tricks like on 6 where my ball came back from the upper level and got off the green 20 meters back. I needed 3 attempts (chips) to catch the upper level pin and fortunately made the putt for 5 on this par 3. Another Augusta trick: on the 8, downwind the ball doesn't stop on the green and my third shots stopped finally 15 meters from the pin. Experience is really a key word here.

Part from that I displayed a great long game through the all round. examples: 2 par 5 in 2 in the back nine: driver 8 iron on the 13 and driver 9 iron on the 15! But my best shot is the 7 iron from the trees on the right of 11. In general, I'm quite happy of my game today. And I wasn't too nervous on the first tee which is great! Tomorrow I'll need to be less conservative on the green. I decided today to avoid downhills Putts, I succeed but tomorrow I will need more birdies opportunities.

Rules: 50 first players and ties + all score 10 strokes from the leader will be the cut.

Augusta, Wednesday 10 April 2013

What a pleasure it was to play these 9 holes with Ernie Els and Tchema Olazabal. Great fun also with my father as caddy and mother as chief photographer...

A prety cool day before the 4 days competition, the swing is as good it can get and the mind is optimal... Now Augusta is a drama theater and everything can happen, I just have to accept it. That will be the key for tomorrow.

Tonight it's really hot, thunderstorms are on their way... always weather surprises at Augusta...

Today a late wake up, a smooth training session and I've played the 9 holes par 3 tournament ... with my father as caddy. I'll make sure not to win it... you know the legend!

Another beautiful sunny day but the fresh air is gone and it's gonna be a very warm tonight!

Did meet the Belgian press yesterday, Marc Vermeiren and Jan-Peter Baert from Het Belang Van Limburg and Gazet Van Antwerpen.

Augusta, Tuesday 8 April 2013

Maybe my best preparation day for a Major! Yesterday was maybe my worst... Quite delighted tonight!

Augusta, Tuesday 8 April 2013

Never seen so many spectators on a Monday, the golf course was packed, it was impressive. This is another dimension of a Major. I must say that I was surprised by the difference between a quiet Sunday round and a packed Monday.

I'll play 9 holes today (the back nine) since I played the front nine yesterday. The weather is good, a reason why so many people enjoy a day at Augusta.

Today is a working day, fine-tuning all parts of my game to be ready on Thursday. But you can feel that the heat is on...

Augusta, Sunday 7 April 2013

We arrived at Augusta National on a sunny Saturday afternoon... This place is the most beautiful setting I know. The charm is everywhere, from the natural beauty to the mythical stories of this tournament. I'm in love with the Masters and this is certainly the Major I wanna put on my CV.

Beside the dream and the will, there is a demon hided in each tee and green and to perform or survive, you need to tame it, to master it! Each shot is so demanding... it's the crossroad between enjoyment and suffering. And it can be so painful. Each year the Masters delivers his lot of drama's and only one "over the moon" delight, the one of the new Green Jacket winner.

On Sunday I played it for the first time in one stretch of 18 holes... Well it's so hilly that even Mich was surprised to be tired... What you don't see on TV is that this fantastic rolling land is much more severe than what everybody think. Example: on the second shot on 18, you don't see the green... In fact, in Augusta there is not a single flat hole.

With the length (6800 meters), the rough, the new trees (11-14), the course is quite long and driving will be so important: you need to be long and straight otherwise you'll have no shot to the green, or at least a shot to the only part on the green that permits only 2 putts. Another thing nobody says on television: the uphill putts are very difficult because the difference between an uphill and downhill putt is so huge. On some holes you just touch the ball with the toe of the putter and on the next you need to hit it very firmly (like on 6).

The speed of the greens is still playable on practice days, and this lasts till Wednesday. At 3PM the course closes and the mowers will come in action. They do 2 cuts on Wednesday afternoon and 1 on Thursday early morning. First tee off is at 8.15 so they have enough time to do the job. From Wednesday they cut from the green to the tee, so each shot will be played against the grain.

This Sunday morning was amazing, we entered at 8.00 AM with Mich and Vince (we may not come earlier) and we had breakfast in the Clubhouse in front of the first tee and the open valley panorama that splits the two loops of 9 holes. And who entered and say hello: Mrs Condoleezza Rice (former US Secretary of State) with a fellow member, then entered Phil Mickelson... This is what you encounter in Augusta National and we were there for 32 seconds, not a place seen elsewhere.

We are profoundly amazed by the charm of the place, the quietness and the passion for golf. The Masters is organized by the Members in respect of the will of Bobby Jones and Clifford Robberts, the two founders. Each year they strive to improve the tournament and this with since 1934 with enormous budgets. The result is perfection. Of course, they have their own rules, very different than all the other tournaments. But if you accept the spirit of their philosophy, it's much easier to comply with all these rules. Respect is the key word. Nothing else in golf is in the same time as beautiful, qualitative and competitive. That's my opinion and that's why I'm in love with The Masters!


The Masters - Augusta National - Georgia
202 107 2-Apr-2013

Jupiter, Friday 3 April 2013

And you know what??????

Thanks to Jack jr, I met Mr Jack Nicklaus today and we went through the strategy of the 18 holes with the 4 different pin positions an the different winds. A moment of grace and true intelligence. I enjoyed every second of this meeting. We could feel the intensity of this man, so wise, so sensible and sharp! Golf experience at his best.

And I would have loved to have filmed the faces of Vince and Mich, crying of inner joy, listening to their hero and learning things that they never had read about Jack Nicklaus. And they are two encyclopedia's...

In fact we were chatting this morning with one of the founders of The Bears and Jack Jr came and joined us. And speaking about the 1986 Masters where he caddied for his father, we asked if he had an advice for Augusta National. He thought for a second and responded: "I would talk to my father, that's my advice! If you are interested, yes, then I phone him, he would love to speak to you about it". That's how the golf stories are written at The Bears... The rest was one of the highlight of my humble golf-life experience...

Jupiter, Friday 3 April 2013

After two days, my game is back even if the first holes on Wednesday were rusty, Mich put it together again in no time and yesterday my long game was already in great shape. Wednesday night we had a nice dinner with Nick Price and Bob Rotella; it was all about past experiences, strategy, how to play the course, ... A night to remember...

Ernie Els, George Coetzee, Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace played here yesterday, just before a violent thunderstorm...

Today, Friday, my last training day at the Bears.  Playing, putting and chipping are on the menu. Tomorrow morning, we fly to Augusta.

Jupiter, Tuesday 2 April 2013

Back in business! Good to see Mich and Vince and ready to play again. But this break was very useful: ski, great food, splendid Alps, super visit at Rolex, great fun at 2PM 'offices with some nice and elegant meetings... A good dive in old Europe is always a great breath of fresh air.

At the Bears now, for three days of training with the Masters in mind. One green is scarely fast and we are looking forward to commit for our Georgian objective. Mich seems more than ready, with Vince, together they had plenty of time to write down the Masters strategy.

I must say that I feel great, Blaise Erpicum was quite happy with the way my body and mind were in shape... only good news...


On my way to Augusta at The Bears in Jupiter
203 106 22-Mar-2013

Kompany, Hazard, Witsel, de Bruyne, Dembele and Co in Macedonia

Belgium needs to win this match. Even in the Alps, cheering for our National soccer team, the boys are great, we need to back them up!

There are no easy matches, and Belgium deserves to be in Rio, come on Marc Wilmots...

Gooaaaaaallllllllll De Bruynnnnneeeeeee!!!!!!!!!

Goaaaaaaaalllllllllll Hazard!!! 0-2 Pure Class

Congrats guys... Important win!!!!!!!!!


Football: Come on Belgium!
204 105 12-Mar-2013

Augusta, Tuesday 12 March 2013

Ready for my first venue at Augusta National, I'm thrilled. Just waiting for Brian Nilsson at Augusta Airport and then we can go to the club.

Tomorrow I'll play also 9 holes and then 2 weeks off in Europe for rest, great food, friends, Alps, visiting Rolex and come back in Jupiter at the Bears to prepare the Masters with my team. They say that the greens will be at 15 on the stimpmeter, this is crazy. On Tour we play at 11 or 12, sometimes 13, but 15 is simply awesome!

Really looking forward to the Masters but before those 2 weeks off are gonna be a little paradise!


Preparation for the Masters at Augusta National
205 104 4-Mar-2013

Miami Doral, Sunday 10 March 2013

It was tough playing today, you had to have those hardpan fast greens in the eyes. I didn't have it like yesterday and it costs me 2 or 3 strokes. But one top 10 at the Accenture and one Top 20 at the Cadillac are my two best results in WGC's tournaments. Finally not a bad start in the States, but still glad to come back in Europe to get my mental fitness in shape where I wanted to be.

Miami Doral, Saturday 9 March 2013

My best 3rd round on the PGA Tour, all credit to my team for the hard work since the Honda Classic: Richard VM and Blaise Erpicum to put me in good physical shape, Bob Rotella and of course Mich who worked hard to put all the pieces of my swing in place. I hope to have the same amount of energy for tomorrow. 

One more round to finish this first stretch of the season!

Miami Doral, Friday 8 March 2013

Another round under par, even if I had a bad stretch of 3 bogeys and a ball in the water on the par 5 8th. Even if I was unfortunate to drive 40 yards over the green on 16 because I hit the car path near the green, I was given it too much on the tee. I was so angry after the three putt on 15 that I put some rage in the 16th tee drive... it's a pity because I was cruising nicely from the 17th (my 8th hole) till that 8th (my 17th hole).

Tomorrow an 11.05 start with Aussie Adam Scott, I'm looking forward to it!

Hit 16 of the greens in regulation today, hope to do the same tomorrow with 4 putts less than today... 2 more competitive days before 3 weeks off, I need to give every atom of energy left in the 2 last rounds.

Miami Doral, Thursday 7 March 2013

As exhausted as I am, we had to put up a strategy for this last tournament before my break. The strategy was to spend as little energy as I could. Didn't push on the accelerator on tee, went for the middle of the greens and went for the distance on greens... I only accelerated on 2 drives and wanted to avoid any problem. Each time you are in the rough or not on the green, you burn energy and concentration. And I'm quite low in energy, so I do need to spare myself. "Tu me fais des swings à du 2 à l'heure, hein fieu", these were the last words of Mich before my tee off.

Of course I didn't have much opportunities for birdies and indeed I could make the ones on 10-16-17 and 18. Not too confident in my reading, I was influenced by the putts of my fellow competitors. And that appears to be wrong choices. Tomorrow, I wil stick to my first decisions.

there was also that match play attitude to play against the course and Bob Rotella emphasize about patience. And all those strategies worked today at Doral. it was great weather, quite calm, and the big guns went for -6 and -5... 

For the distance lovers, i accelerate one on 16 and touched the green at 346 yards from the tee, but my ball went in deep bermuda 2 yards from the green. Birdie missed. I don't blame the Odyssey Tank putter, it worked fine, I just have to pay attention in downhill putts because it's a heavier tool... The Tank will be in the bag tomorrow...

Miami Doral, Wednesday 6 March 2013

Pictures of the WGC in the GALLERY by Philipe Gaudy

Great news, my team has got their phone number working again. Belgacom finally put their best engineer on the run and they solve the problem. We need to keep that red line in good place in our memory because this adventure may never happen again! It's not because we are Belgians that we can't be super efficient and professionnal like in other countries. My team and I, we are fighting our blood out on the Tours to have that Belgian flag shining as high as possible, why would excellence not be the goal of everybody, certainly in those "big" companies owned partly by the State!!!

Like yesterday, I played 9 holes, the back nine, this time with Peter Hanson. Bob Rotella joined us and we had a good chat about what can happend this week. Tony Johnstone joined me on the putting green for another chat. All my old buddies seems to gather around me this week...

Did some work with Mich on alignment to square my club face on my iron game. I have that tendency to open it slightly. So that's done, the long game is fixed.

The Odyssey Tank putter will be in the bag tomorrow, so is the Blue shaft on my Callaway driver 9,5° Razr Hawk head (the longest on Tour). Bob Vokey brought me my new Vokey TVD design K60° with 3° bounce. My 54° is a SM4 spin milled 4 with 12° bounce.

Miami Doral, Tuesday 5 March 2013

Played 9 holes early this morning with the "squadra azurra", Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero.

Tried a new putter given to me by Roger Cleveland 2 weeks ago, an Odyssey Tank 7, with an interesting counterweight. It has a putter head a little like Luke's putter. We get quite good along and he might enter the bag!

These WGC are quite incredible tournaments: I had the pleasure to personally meet a lot a great names this morning, they came to see my ninth hole: Nick Price, Mark Mc Nulty, Tony Johnstone. After that I had a nice chat with Butch Harmon, Peter Harrisson and Nick Raffaelle from Callaway, Jean-Noël Bioul and Arnaud Laborde from Rolex (thanks for the lunch gentlemen). On the Range, Bob Vokey made me a new 60°wedge.

Then at 4.00 Pm I had an interview with Golf Channel and Tim Rosaforte. I love Tim, he's a fine passionate lover of the game, I like the way he makes his interview always with some old school stories about the history of the game. This time we spoke about Flory Van Donck.

Then I did a radio spot for Callaway and at 5.30 Pm we have a meeting with all the european players of The Ryder Cup for a special award to come...but this is secret!

Thanks once again to Belgacom for having lost Mich' phone number and now Philippe Gaudy one's. Vince has recovered his (after 6 days of technical problems!!!!). And now his Twitter account has been hacked. This is all surrealistic. But that Belgacom's problem makes me mad, being able to reach my team at any time is crucial to me. How the hell in 2013 can they show such a lack of professionalism!

The Bears Jupiter, Monday 4 March

There isn't a better healer than a good game of golf with some friends. Margil Gutmer, friend but also a sponsor of mine and head of the 3e Bureau, followed me last week, so I invited him for 18 holes at the Bears with our friend Pascal Dryon. It's beautiful weather, with a quite cold north wind and a magnificent blue sky. That's what I needed as transition before going to the Doral Blue Monster course tonight.

I will definitely need a good break to find my freshness and sharpness back. Those 2 months were very tiring with the bad weather and the frustrations, even with those 2 top 10's...

Mich is arriving today, the Trio (with Vince) is back on track for a week where I will give all the energy I have left, before those weeks of vacation in the Mountains...



WGC Cadillac at Doral
206 103 25-Feb-2013

PGA National, Sunday 3 March 2013

Very frustrating to play like this. Not enough on fairways and not enough birdies, I'll need a break after the Doral...

PGA National, Saturday 2 March 2013

By no means an easy day for scoring, but honestly, I didn't play well, surely on the first 9 with 4 bogeys. I finded my game back at 5 holes from the end, just before the Bear Trap! My long game was erratic, missing fairways and greens...

Bob Rotella suggested me to try some techniques, I made a mess of it, but that's part of a learning process... Finally, it was a difficult day for everybody and I can still jump some places tomorrow...

PGA National, Friday 1 March 2013

A 71 that could have been a 67, happy to make the cut but also unhappy of the score...

This afternoon, i went to the Bears and invited Marc Farry for 18 holes. After a few holes, we met Ernie Els and a some holes later it as Michael Jordan, another member at The Bears.

After the game with Marc, Doc Bob Rotella joined me for a long chat, analyzing my game and how I could handle the frustration of playing better than my score tells... Two more rounds to work it out this week-end...

PGA National, Thursday 28 February 2013

Great round from the 7th hole with a nice finish. Certainly a competitive course!

Tomorrow waking up at 4.30AM, 5.20 at the golf at the physio with Blaise who arrived late tonight with Vince...

PGA National, Wednesday 27 February 2013

Did a Golfweek interview and picture session and practiced lightly. First time here at PGA National, and it's true that the 15-16-17 holes, called the Bear Trap, is quite a demanding 3 holes ! The par 3 17 is certainly the most difficult hole on the course with water in front and at the right of the green. With a nasty bunker and some heavy slopes left of it, it's the green or nothing. The problem is that the wind is really blowing hard from the left.

It's a Jack Nicklaus design.

Super glad of this week with Rich, I like those fitness session...

Playing from the first at 11.45 AM.

PGA National, Monday 25 February 2013

The strongest man at the Accenture was Kuchar...

Back now on the east coast, for two tournaments in a row, the Honda Classic and the WGC at Doral.

96th on the Fedex Cup now, a top 100 finally reached... some jump also on the European Tour, 30th now... and on the Worldranking 40th now...

Joined by Rich yesterday, we will play Jack Nicklaus' charity today at the Bears Club...

Honda Classic PGA National Florida
207 102 18-Feb-2013

Tucson, Sunday 24 February 2013

Matt Kuchar had a great start and I couldn't make any birdie early. You can't win against a world class player without birdies in the 6 first holes... Well done Kooch!

But it's a good week for me. This is a classical process in golf when you to play well one round during a week, then 2 rounds in a row, then 3, then 4 and you make a chance to win a tournament. You can't beat time during a learning process. New Tour ou  new tournaments or new clubs, it's all taking time and patience.

Nearly every week will be new this year, so I don't have any stupid expectations, I just need to find my grove, my rythm of competing.

Richard is arriving this Sunday for a week of work, Blaise will arrive later, together with Vincent on Thursday. It's the Honda Classic this week. We will work at Admiral's Cove in Jupiter, 10 min from PGA National where the Honda is played.

On Monday, I'll be at the Bears Club to play the Charity event of Jack Nicklaus. Quite a buzzy week in perspective.

Tucson, Saturday 23 February 2013

Playing very well since a few weeks, it had to go my way one of these days. I feel confortable into those tough conditions. Nice match in perspective with Matt Kuchar today! 

Garmisch Partenkirschen, Wednesday 20 February 2013

What is this? Are we in Aspen, Garmisch or Val d'Isère? I was so cold when play was stopped, i nearly lost 4 fingers on the 9th. Play will be resumed tomorrow... Snowball time in the desert...

Tucson, Monday 18 February 2013

Early morning here and already on duty with Ron Kapriske from Golf Digest. Later today, I'll be interviewed by Jennifer Chafitz for ESPN.

Brian and myself drove through the desert on Sunday. A long drive together, ideal to burry that last Friday afternoon, with a wrong club used on the par 3 16. I took a 8 instead of a 9 iron and flew over the green unplayable in the bunker's lip. We were so mad after the round, both having made that mistakes on 16...

I don't yet feel totally home on this Tour, but it's a question of weeks... It's gonna be like on the European Tour a few years ago:  some tension building for the cut, then some tension to make good Saturday's, then finally adding a 4th good round in a row. I know the process now...

On Wednesday, I'll play Bill Haas in the first round. Nobody is easy when you play against the best in the world, Bill is in great shape for the moment and I don't have the same posivitive vibes... But sport is not a science, with a good break in the beginning of the round I can suddenly find my confidence back on the greens and become quite an efficient opponent against any of the players here! My long game is as sharp as ever and this is a strong weapon on a match play formula... My driving is awesome, that's another strong asset!

After the WGC Accenture, I'll play the Honda Classic at the PGA National. On Monday, I have been invited by Jack Nicklaus to participate at his Charity Event at the Bears Club. Rich Vanmeerbeek will be with me during the Honda Classic.

The other change in my schedule will be the week off during the Bay Hill Arnold Palmer Invitational. In fact, after the WGC Doral, I'll play on Monday the Charity of Ernie Els and on Tuesday I'll go the Augusta National GC to play a practice round on Wednesday. At night I'll come back to Europe for a week off with some friends. I will come back on the PGA Tour to play the Shell Houston!

For the material geeks, with Mich we decided to play with the yellow shaft and the 8,5° Callaway Razr Hawk head! That's the club I used in Durban and last week, it will be in the bag for the next weeks... A super efficient bomber weapon!


WGC Accenture World Match Play
208 101 11-Feb-2013

Los Angeles, Friday 15 February 2013

Bad finish, naturally very disappointed. I'm not yet feeling at home on this Tour, I need more time, more tournaments,... I'll play the Honda Classic the week after the Accenture!

Los Angeles, Thursday 14 February 2013

Great display of long game, 5 nice birdies but some three putts when on the green but too far from the pin... "Safe on the green" doesn't exist here on the PGA Tour!

Los Angeles, Tuesday 12 February 2013

Roger Cleveland took us to the very private Los Angeles Country Club. A gem in the center of the city, here reigns an atmosphere of Pine Valley...

Program today: 18 holes at Riviera and at least 9 holes with Dave Stockton...

Some European players are coming back like Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell...

Los Angeles, Monday 11 February 2013

Great working week with Mich at Callaway and on different golf courses. Roger Cleveland (founder of the Cleveland brand and designer of the Callaway Tour X Prototype irons and wedges) took us playing a great round of golf. This is quite spirit...

We went also to the Grand Del Mar to work and we found that a 3 wood could fit in the bag... to be confirmed...

We are talking a lot of golf equipment here but most of my time is spent on fine tuning golf shots, using also our new and interesting Foresight GC2A on wedge distances...

Los Angeles is not a city where you can chill, Los Angeles is Sin City, for night birds, and is therefore not the best place for a sportsman to hang out drinking water and apple juice...

Northern Trust Open - Santa Monica - Los Angeles
209 100 7-Feb-2013

San Diego, Thursday 7 February 2013

Drove yesterday through the desert back to the West coast and San Diego to pick up Mich at the Airport. This morning at 9.00, session at ECPC (Callaway in Carlsbad) to continue our experimentation around the driver and the 3 wood. Also we'll have a learning session around the Foresight radar GC2A, a portable radar made by Foresight in San Diego that I can use by myself when traveling.

Vince and Jérome made their report after the 2 first weeks and Mich comes up with elements to continue our learning process. Vincent pointed it very clearly: "Americans are doing better than Europeans in Majors because their tournaments on the PGA Tour are so close of being each a real Major". A Major doesn't look like any tournament on the European soil (excepted maybe of the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth). We never have  those greens and course preparation, we do not know such huge infrastructure, we have see more than one hundred thousand spectators during the week. Here, every week, the tournament have the taste of a Major. So when the Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley, Ben Curtis, Todd Hamilton, Shaun Micheel, Trevor Immelman (AFS), Lucas Glover, Geoff Ogilvie (Aus), Stewart Cink, Rich Beem or Yang Yong-eun are winning, they have been prepared on the PGA Tour to perform in such environment...

Once again, we have to learn everything by ourselves, that's why you need experience, that's why you need a team, that's why you need some white hair and wrinkles around you...

Training week California
210 99 30-Jan-2013

TPC Scottsdale, Friday 1 February 2013

My worst round this year, I struggled with the speed of the green from the 1rst. This in usual on the PGATour where day after day the greens are getting faster. This is something I need to ged used very quickly. 15 greens in regulation, 3 triple putts and no birdies. I was so mad...

TPC Scottsdale, Thursday 31 January 2013

Had my A game today, great rhythm, using my favorites low controlled drives...

-6 with a ball in the water on a par 5 and an unplayable ball under a bush with a penalty stroke on hole 1, I take the score, my best this year on the PGA Tour. Putted better, I had my fair amount of birdies and an eagle on 17 where I drove the green. Still, I left a few occasions something Phil Mickelson didn't do today with this -11!

I just launched 1 big drive, on the 18, to carry the water and the bunker on the left, 290 meters carry. It's not a type of course you can fire from the tee. Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf, the golf architects, are masters in making you believe it is wide but in fact it isn't. Water and bunkers are strategically placed.

After the very cold weather and the frost comes the sun. Everything becomes harder and crusty... The greens are already firm and fast, with this cold wind and the sunshine after, we can have glazed surfaces on the next days.

Tomorrow will be another story playing the 16th in the afternoon. This hole is crazy, quite impressive, with those 20.000 noisy fans who do not drink only soda's or tea in this Coliseum...


TPC Scottsdale, Wednesday 30 January 2013

Short day on the golf course but long sessions on the putting green with Junior Stockton, the oldest son of Dave S. Played 9 holes with the father yesterday and had a good session on the putting green today. Still the concern to keep the left back hand towards the hole without lifting the putter. Adjusting the right hand smoothly and keeping that left shoulder lower are 2 keys for me to roll the ball properly.

Had a chat with some Callaway, Fujikura and Mamiya technicians. I try a new combination but still the Razr 9,5 Blue Fujikura shaft remains the first choice. Additional tests at the Callaway center next week with Mich Vanmeerbeek.

Playing with Brendan De Jonge, great strong Zimbabwean player. We have known each other since 15 years. The third is JB Holmes, another long hitter. Played with him at The Memorial in 2012.

Finally the temperatures have shown some progress. The sun had a warming effect, what a pleasure...

TPC Scottsdale, Tuesday 29 January 2013

Well, that last day at Torrey Pines took me to a tied 44th place.

After the last 9 holes on Monday, we headed to Arizona by car, a 6 hour drive in the mountains and the desert, with some beautiful panorama's.

There is still a freezing wave around here in Arizona. There was frost on the cars this morning, between 0 and 5 degrees C. Blue sky, bright sun but a very cold wind. The forecast is better but only for the week-end.

TPC Scottsdale is a beautiful course, superbly designed. And of course there is that 16th hole, the stadium hole where people gets so crazy and noisy. I found it exaggerate but Vince keeps saying that's the future of golf to bring more people to tournament. The key for golf... more people involved!

It's called "The Coliseum of golf" and the motto is: "Bring the Noise"!

Tonight we had a Callaway XHot new driver launch. In the presence of the press we (with Gary Woodland, Luke List and Andres Gonzales) launched some missile balls on the Range of Troon North Golf Course. This was followed by a party; it was nice to meet the others pros (a first-timer) from the XHot Team.

Waste Management Phoenix Open
211 98 15-Jan-2013

San Diego, Torrey Pines, Sunday 27 January 2013

27 holes today in a quite cold climate, starting the day on the 10th. My feeling for reading putting lines was cold also... This is my worst 14 holes since a long time, +5 then for the day, I could have broken a Torrey Pine tree from anger!

I wasn't happy with my driving too... But from the 15, finally the ball accepted to drop for birdie... and two in a row. And honestly, it could have been 4 in a row, but the ball chose the edge of the cups at 8 and 9.

Anyway, still 18 holes to play at that moment.

Between the two rounds, Vincent brought us the Callaway driver with the yellow 8X shaft (Razr 9,5). Feeling more comfortable, I started the 4th round with confidence and after 9 holes -3 for the round. Best shot of the day was my second one on the 18, my 9th (and my last shot of the day), I was in the bunker 202 meters from the flag  and had to fly over the pond. Brian proposed to lay up but I had a great lie on the sand. I smacked a 2 iron 4 meters to the flag. You should have seen the face of the spectators... But my ball stopped on the fringe with some mud on it that I was not allowed to remove. No eagle but a well deserved birdie...

I just need to finish the job tomorrow trying to climb a few more spots.

San Diego, Torrey pines, Saturday 26 January 2013

How can you be on the best climate in the USA, being washed out one day, and freezed foggy style the other day. All my support to Peter Ripa (Tournament director) and his crew who have made such a fine work to organise this Farmers Insurance Open!

A long day in a freezing fog waiting for some opening in the sky! Finally, play is cancelled at 4.00 PM...

We will play on Sunday and Monday...

One day less to discover TPC Scottsdale...

But that's life on Tour...

We practiced on the putting green for a few hours, not wasted time...

San Diego, Torrey Pines, Thursday & Friday 25 January 2013

Yesterday on the North Course, I had my worst driving ever, hitting only 1 fairway... I was swinging too fast, giving no time for the conversion before the downswing; -3 was ok but not ideal.

Today, my swing was really going well but with the rain, I struggled with the speed of the green. After 3 putting the 2nd and the 4th (I had a birdie putt of 3 meters), my confidence vanished, 2 other bogeys followed and the situation was looking quite bad. Then 2 good putts slipped by on the 9th and 10th, before two good birdies on 11 and 13. 

It rained all day and it was cold, a real Belgian weather. What a change in 48 hours!

My shot of the day was certainly my approach putt on the par 3 16. A lob shot in super wet rough that had to fly over a bunker and stop quickly after... one of my best one! This was two "approach putt" in a row (15-16). I had also a last chance for birdie on 18 after a great approach but the putt skipped to the left directly.

Ok first cut on my first tournament as a member on the PGA Tour, first Fedex points.

I thought to find sunny conditions and we had rain... One thing for sure, the field here is much stronger than in Europe...

After the round we practiced under the rain one hour on the putting green to fix it for tomorrow. 9.00 on the 10th tee with Jason Day and Seung Noh. Jason is a cool Dude and such a great approach player, also he nearly aced the 8th...

San Diego, Torrey Pines, Wednesday 23 January 2013

Pro-Am day here at The Farmers Insurance Open. The sun disappeared and the forecast is rain...

I'm playing the North Course at 9:10. And the longer South Course Friday at 10:10.

San Diego, Torrey Pines, Tuesday 22 january 2013

Practice round on the South course today, TV interview Live at 3.00 PM, players meeting at 5.00 with different issues like anchoring the club...

Waaawww, on the South those greens are as hard as concrete and as fast as a pool table. this is a real big test of golf. the South Course is "an iron fist in a velvet glove. Tough test on a one of the most beautiful natural scene: the Pacific coast, the cliffs, the pines, and the beaches... I love it!

San Diego, Torrey Pines, Monday 21 January 2013

Great day at the Ely Callaway Performance Center to fix all my clubs. A lot of confirmations. We'll change for the 9,5° Razr Hawk head, I'll loose some yardages but I'll gain in maneuverability.

Thank you Randy, John, Nick R.,Nick A., Lio, Bjoern at the ECPM for your skills and the time you spend with us!

San Diego, Torrey Pines, Sunday, 20 January 2013

Arrived yesterday night. Vincent, Jérôme and Brian also arrived the same night. This morning, we had breakfast together in Del Mar and had a walk on the pacific beaches just under the cliffs of Torrey Pines. Beautiful weather on one of the most beautiful coasts, a real pleasure. 18 holes today on one of the two courses (North and South) of Torrey Pines and tomorrow a long session of club tuning at the Ely Callaway Performance Center in Carlsbad.

West Palm Beach, Thursday 16 January 2013

Member at Jack Nicklaus "Bear's Club", one of the best place on earth to practice! Yeahhhh

Fellow members: Ernie, Rory, Donald, Dustin...

Today, one day with Bob Rotella at his home in Jupiter, the first step in my american adventure. Set up of the mind and to be prepared on what can happen here are crucial issues.

West Palm Beach, Tuesday 15 January 2013

Cheers to Paul McGingley, the new Ryder Cup Captain of the European team. It's a great choice, he's got all the support of the players. Paul has shown real efficiency and a strong sense of strategy. Good luck, Paul!


Farmers Insurance Open - Torrey Pines - San Diego
212 97 8-Jan-2013

Durban, 13th January 2013

That 18th hole in Durban has been quite gentle all week... That green seems to be the only one to accept my longer birdie putts. It was a long week but for a competition comeback, a top 10 is always a nice result ... even if I could have scored better. But this is history now and I'm very glad to fly to the States. In fact I'm quite happy to have followed my team's proposition to skip Abu Dhabi and go as soon as possible on the PGA Tour.

Next week will be another preparation session. First in West Palm Beach, I'll spend a day with Bob Rotella and two days with Dave Stockton before flying to San Diego playing Torrey Pines and going to the Callaway Performance Center to fix some potential new drivers. New challenge ... Quite excited!!!!!

Durban, 12th January 2013

Strange day, not my A swing, that's for sure, not my A putting also, didn't hole a putt on behalve on the 18! Great saves from everywhere, like on 18 where my drive landed 1 meter from the out of bounds. But I made the birdie thanks to my only great putt (3 meters). Always good to finish by a birdie for an under par round. -1 today and it's was like it was +5 or +6. It was a long battle, surely when you're not on the fairways and the greens...

A great last day on the European Tour tomorrow before flying for the States can be a nice start of the season.

A day without rain should be nice for tomorrow... The good news is that I will play with Ernie Els for the second time, that's really great! I will enjoy it more than Thursday when there were so many news things to handle...

Does somebody know why there were so many people on the 3rd tee today and yesterday? Just kidding... Today I snapped it and needed 3 strokes to find the fairway for a good bogey at the end. I had a much better one on the 9th, just 40 meters from the green... Tomorrow, I'll have Ernie's comments before I'll tee off, for sure. Something new for me, all that attention and shouting "Come on Bomber" on the Tee... Good preparation before the Phoenix Open in 2 weeks where 500.000 spectators will be present: The greatest show in golf!

Durban, 11th January 2013

A little too many new items for my first round: heavy rain, new driver, playing with Ernie, new cap, new shirt, new bag, bad neck for 3 days, no real practice round...

Feeling better today, even if I still missed a lot of occasions. Concerning the putting, Mich told me that the technique and the speed were ok, only the reading of those slopes and grain is quite particular. Not a surprise to see Oosthuizen on the lead. They were born on that grass...

Callaway must be happy, I launched a long drive yesterday on the 3rd, 100 meters past Ernie, around 380 meters in total. The yellow shaft was still in the bag today! My best shot was on the par 3 12 my ball went in the cup and bounces back on the hole liner and jumped at 5 meters. We had to call John Paramor to rebuild the hole... I made par!

It's quite bad weather over here, it rains so much! 

Tomorrow 80.000 to 100.000 people will gather at an ANC meeting! It's gonna be crowded around here...

Durban, 9th January 2013

Well, this was a long but interesting day. Finally the Callaway driver 8,5° with the UPS Mamyia Atta3 BK7 shaft will be in the bag tomorrow. My neck is better and it's a good news because this Durban course is quite demanding. The winner will be the best striker from tee to green. A bad drive and the par becomes impossible...

Mich and Tony Johnstone have become good friends and we worked together around the chipping green.

Tomorrow I will play with Ernie Els at 12.50, the first time we play together!

Durban, 7th January 2013

After a great training camp in Anahita at Mauritius, we are back in business on the European Tour! Then  we'll be heading to the States for the next four months.

Our progression program is set up, we want to improve on different parts of the game. The main objectives of the year will be the putting and the long game. Dave Stockton is ready for me with a strong program to improve my long putting. I'm a great short putter and and even a better lag putter but we think that I can hole more putts from a longer range, like from 12 feet and longer. Uphill putts and "grain" putts will be also on the menu of my working plan.

As a Callaway Tour staff player now, we will bring a lot of attention on building a new driver. With Mich we found already a great combination with a 8,5° head and a UST Mamyia Atta3 shaft, but it is not yet in the bag. We will work hard at the Ely Callaway Performance Center to build the 2013 weapon that will deliver longer distance, workability and accuracy. We have already reached a longer distance (impressive) and workability blend but I'm not yet 100% sure about the accuracy factor...

Next week I'm flying to the States for another working week with Bob Rotella and Dave Stockton. Mich Vanmeerbeek is with me this week to capitalize on the work done those last 12 days. Every detail is quite important if you want to play a role against the big guns. All 4 Majors plus WGC's are on my calendar this year. I am looking forward to my first Masters visit, with a lot of humility and open eyes to learn as much as I can.

Vincent is working out a meeting with M. Jack Nicklaus in February, this is already another highlight of this 2013 season! Jack Nicklaus is a legend and an example. Vincent and Mich have grown in the game inspired by the Golden Bear, they told me so many stories about him that I can not wait to meet Mister Nicklaus.

The search for experience and knowledge are strong assets of our team. There's always something to learn, not everything is used but the pertinent little ingredients you put in the blend are always making the difference... No revolution but evolution, step by step...

Volvo Golf Champions Durban - South Africa
213 96 31-Dec-2012

Anahita, December 31st, 2012


On this last day of the year, we would like to wish you all a very very happy 2013. We thank you for following us week after week, posting so many encouraging messages through this site. Be assured that we do appreciate your support.

Regarding our preparation, things are going well. Next to the physical training, we are also testing some new golf material. We have tried a new UST Mamiya shaft (for the driver); some good sensations and the figures reported by the Flightscope are good. Some more tests with different shafts will take place in the coming days.

Anahita is certainly one of the best places to stay at this time of the year. The mild climate, the exceptional infrastructure of the hotel and the kindness of the Mauritians delight our whole team.




A Happy New Year
214 95 28-Dec-2012

Very sad news at this end of the year, David Petrie died after a long battle against illness.

David was highly appreciated amongst all golfers, known for his competence, intelligence and humility. It's a great loss, David was an example, in his club, at the Belgian PGA and the VVG as well.

All our thoughts to his wife and his three children in these painful moments.

The Belgian golf community plunged in mourning
215 93 25-Dec-2012

Tuesday, December 25th 2012

We wish you all a Merry Christmas...

Gone to Anahita, Mauritius, for our traditional training camp to prepare 2013! Always improve, always getting better, all the details, making progress in all parts of this demanding profession...

Keep close contact with me through this blog. Together, we have great things to discover next year! A great news arrived by mail this 24 December, on Christmas Eve... the invitation from The Board of Governors of the Augusta National Golf Club to play The Masters in 2013! Wow, this is something... a youth dream comes true...

3rd Belgian Pro Golfer to be invited after Flory Van Donck (invited at Christmas 1957 for the 1958 edition where he finished 32nd) and Donald Swaelens, invited the 25th December 1974 but couldn't participate due to his illness (pancreas cancer) and died on 25th April 1975. One of the rare players being invited at the Masters and who never showed up! Flory never received the chance to play the US Open and the PGA Championship but was quite successful at the British Open in the late 50's!


Merry Christmas to you all
216 92 19-Dec-2012

Excerpt from the Weekend Sportif (RTBF, 23-Dec-2012)

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

Last Belgian press meeting in 2012 in the new Crossfit Power Factory where Rich is giving his workouts. Good to see everybody and have a debriefing of the 2012 season and a preview on the 2013 schedule. I'll play mostly on the PGA Tour with a clear FedexCup Playoff objective. My confirmed partners for 2013: Allegro Software, AMB Broker, Anahita, 3e Bureau, Footjoy and Titleist, Knauf, 2PM and Rolex. But there's also a new...

Announcement 1: There's a new sponsor joining my partners team... Callaway! I'm so glad to have them as partners for the driver, the irons and the putter.

Announcement 2: I'll play on the PGA Tour next year 19 tournaments and 14 on the European Tour. I'll start in Durban (South Africa) with the Volvo Champions. Then I will fly to the States for the Farmers Insurance in San Diego (Torrey Pines) and the Phoenix Waste Management in Scottsdale (Arizona).

Announcement 3: Will fly the 25th to Anahita (Mauritius) for our traditional training camp with Rich, Mich, Jérôme and Vince. Last year I came out with some fire and shoot 63 at the Volvo Champions!


Great statement by Brian Nilsson on his facebook:

  • 11 months
  • 22 countries
  • 33 tournaments
  • 87 flights
  • 1 hell of roller coaster

He's so wright...

Press Meeting Crossfit Power factory Brussels
217 91 11-Dec-2012

Sunday, December 16th 2012

Well done Asia, you play better than Europe in the Singles, 3 wins against 2 for us, so you came back 8-8! 

The Trophy has been decided on a playoff and Kim made the birdie where I couldn't make mine, the ball slipped before the hole...That 18th green has been quite kind with me till... the play off...

Now back to Brussels for a few days before a 10 days preparation with my training team at Anahita! I can't take it easy now, then new season starts the 7th January in South-Africa on the European Tour before flying to the United States for a new challenge!

Saturday, December 15th 2012

The level of play is unbelievable. Gonzalo lost his game 2 down and he alone was -8 for the day! In 4BBB you need to play well but also to score alternatively, it's useless to birdie the same hole! The Coreans, Gonzalo and Stenson made 22 birdies and 2 eagles (on par 4's!!!!) in total!

All credit to Marcel who had a genius 5 hole stretch with 5 birdies, he plays -8 today with an eagle on the 2nd, even with that I needed to clinch another big putt on 18 to win the hole and square the match... We played -12 today, and with our opponents we made in total 21 birdies and an eagle!

Great display of 4BBB and a good break for Europe because it was an Asian day!

Europe leads by one, 4 1/2 vs 3 1/2

Tomorrow I'll play in 2nd position against Radikech Aphibarnrat...

Friday, December 14th 2012

I was paired with Marcel in this foursome game.

It was one of these games where making par is crucial. Not many birdies actually. But a keenly contested match anyway. We halved the last three holes to stay 1 up; I enjoyed my 16 feet putt on the 18 to secure a winning point for the team.

I was quite happy with my driving and my putting. I hope I can keep cruising the same way this week end.

Thursday, December 13th 2012

Great to see Jose Maria again. He will now be our playing captain! Tomorrow the first day will be played in foursomes and my partner is my good friend Marcel Siem. It's an explosive team, two boomers against 2 magicians on and around the greens. The course is not long and this favors our opponents, quite normal, it's played over here. Jeev Milkha Singh and Kiradech Aphibarnrat are playing quite well on those grasses. Played some rounds with Kiradech who scored quite well and finished 6th last week-end at the Thailand Golf Championship.

The Molinari's will play together, José and Miguel also and Stenson will be paired with Gonzalo.

Go Europe, Go!

Tuesday, December 11th 2012

Arrived today in Brunei to join my captain Tchema (Jose maria Olazabal) and the European Team. This is the famous match Europe against Asia, Seve was the initiator of this match!

Funny to see that all 8 european players are continentals! 

Its gonna be a 3 days match, every player will play each day. 4 foursomes on Friday, 4 BBB on Saturday and 8 singles on Sunday. 16 matches for 16 points!

Have you seen the Asian side? Quite a strong one, all their big guns are there!


Royal Trophy - Seve Ballesteros Foundation
218 90 5-Dec-2012

Sunday, December 9th 2012

They didn't drop... those putts... anyway it was a great week here in Thailand. I was pleased to play the beautiful Amata Spring course during this Thailand Championship, and it was a pleasure to meet so many nice people here...

Thursday, December 6th 2012

Saint Nicolas has been much more generous with Charl than with me... Quite normal, you know, when South Africans are on their grass they play blindly, so comfortably...

Wednesday, December 5th 2012

Tee time at 7.35 (00.35 European time) with Schwarzel and Aphibarnrat.

Amata Spring is quite a long course here in Bangkok, that's why organizers have brought all the big hitters on the game. Bubba Watson is here, and also Luke List the longest hitter on the web.com this year... But there are a lot of great players here, quite a strong field on this official tournament of the Asian Tour.

Thailand is a great country, I love being here. It's Brian Nillson second home land thanks to his wife who lives in Hua Hin. Cheers to the Seaside restaurant in Hua Hin, the best in town!

I love all of Thailand: The weather, the food, the countryside but most of all, the people and their famous hospitality and kindness...


Thailand Golf Championship
219 89 29-Nov-2012

Sunday, December 2nd 2012

Another top 10 ... ;o) (Belgian Humor of course...). This tournament is one of the finest of the season and also one of the most difficult one. All credit to Martin who lives a great end of the year, the man in form, great victory at the Nedbank!

No regrets what's however on the second round. Very honestly, I needed more "juice" on that demanding course and conditions, it has been hot, then windy and finally rainy.

I will remember this week with my parents in an extraordinary Sun City for a long time... Hope to be there next year with more power in my engine!

Tonight a little flight to Jo'Burg and another flight to Bangkok with a stop in Dubai.

Saturday, December 1st 2012

Brian and me are tired, we need rest, this game at that level with those tough golfcourse is extremely demanding. But we are hanging in, trying for some nice streaks like that eagle - birdie on 9 - 10. I'm only one stroke of the 8th place, tomorrow wil tell what place I can achieve...

But the real sporting fact of the week is made by Mich's father, Roger Vanmeerbeek, who became the day of his 77th birthday, the 30th November, Doctor in Kynesiology at KULeuven. After 6 years of hard work, he succeed to have the highest degree in sport science. His subject: "More sweat, less blood" or a review on 50 years of sports in the Belgian Army. Roger: accept my sincerest congrats ! Mich and Richard are very proud of their father and granfather!

Friday, November 30th 2012

A much more windy day made things complicate today. And I could not find the right roll on the greens which were somewhat slower today.

Thursday, November 29th 2012

What a crowd! This is really enjoyable golf, a short strong field, a demanding course, and a lot of people around you! Good driving is essential here. I took my driver only 4 times out of the bag and favored the 3 wood instead. Brian was right:"scoring will not be too funny here!". Each par is a win... 2 putts slipped on the edge, but that's part of the story as I had an excellent short game on those difficult contours around the greens.

First time with my parents in South Africa! I invite them as a Christmas present. Nature as his best, wildlife and such an amazing Resort. They're enjoying here...

Yesterday during the pro-am, Gary Player came to say hello to every team. We had a long chat about golf, he even asked me to hit my driver to see the flight of a 300 meters shot...


Nedbank Challenge Sun City South Africa
220 88 19-Nov-2012

   The cover page of Golf Européen, Issue December 2012

Sunday, November 25th 2012

And what about Rory's finish! N°1 in the world, highly deserved! Respect...

-3 for me, very unlucky on greens, but it has been a very long and tiring season, and I'm lacking freshness... And I have been paying dearly on the putting surface...

This Monday, flight to South Africa and the famous Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, with 11 others contenders. My first time there but I can't wait playing it.

Saturday, November 24th 2012

Very, very, very disappointed: 35 putts! Good long game but I was blind on the greens. 28 putts on Thursday, 27 on Friday and ... 35 putts. 6 or 7 strokes difference.

Let's concentrate for tomorrow.

Friday, November 23rd 2012

Great start and finish, and a little bit of ups and down in between...

Would need to avoid those bogeys from tomorrow. 3 strokes behind is a gap that I will need to keep as closest as possible. Some will fire tomorrow!

Will play again with Justin Rose tomorrow, another contender who can go low this weekend. Rory, Luke, Bradon, Peter, there're all there...

Also present a lot of Belgians behind the ropes. Patrick Renard and Pierre Thomas from Knauf arrived today with a bunch of people from Liège (Royal Sart Tilman), welcome to them...

Thursday, November 22nd 2012

-4, great display of long game and putting, nice bunch of birdies, one regret: the putt on 17 that refuses to drop after one of my best iron shot on a par 3. Played with Lee Westwood who had a brilliant back nine. Always a pleasure to share a round with him...

Delighted to see some Belgians here in Dubai, like Quentin d'Ursel representing 2PM or Marie Anne Toussaint, the sister of Philippe Toussaint, winner on the European Tour in 1974 and much more people, thank you for your support here at Jumeirah guys.

I'm a little surprised by the scoring, better than I tought. The course is playing longer but the greens are really, really good. You can trust the lines, they have a beautiful roll and putting in such conditions is a real pleasure.

Tonight we (our team) had a dinner with Jean-Noël Bioul, head of sponsoring activities with Rolex, very interesting as usual!

Wednesday, November 21st 2012

The winner for the driver is the blue shaft, the good old faithful blue shaft. The blue is unbeatable for the "stinger", the low trajectory, one of my key shot when the fairway is narrow or the wind is in the face or from the side.

Tomorrow with Lee Westwood, a 2 ball at 11.50 (Dubai Time), on a course that's much longer than last year, the trees and vegetation have also grown... We'll the scoring tomorrow to see if it has an important effect...

Tuesday, November 20th 2012

Hey, for golf equipment geeks, I have tested a new Callaway driver and played today during the ROLEX Pro-Am with a new shaft: the UST Mamiya Atlas 3 7tx with a Callaway RAZR Hawk head 8,5 loft. Always having an edge is the motivation and this combination might be in the bag tomorrow for more competitiveness. 

Belgians are arriving here in Dubai, some names tomorrow...

Played the Rolex Pro-Am today with Jean-Noël Bioul, Lionel Chamoulaud (Dir Sport France Télévision) and Christian Bohn (Secr Gen Swiss Golf Association). The Swiss have a great structure for developing their high level players, quite an inspiration for Belgium...

Monday, November 19th 2012

Quite a pleasure to be here with my hole team: Mich, Blaise, Vince, Jérôme and Philippe (the Photographer -  see the gallery on my website each day this week). Great first practice session. We did mainly the short game with Jérôme and it helped a lot (ball position too far back in the stance, left shoulder too high, body tilted to the right)...

Nice meeting with Jeroen Bossaert, journalist at The Laatste Nieuws, who came here specially for this interview... He was already present at the Ryder Cup, it's gonna be my only long interview this week, good for him!

Beautiful weather here in Dubai. tomorrow I'll play the Earth Course of Jumeirah golf during the Rolex Pro-Am. Cheers to Jean-Noel Bioul, head of Rolex sponsoring worldwide, lovely man, sincerely thanks for your help, your confidence and your sincere partnership!

DP World Championship - Final Race to Dubai
221 87 7-Nov-2012

Sunday, November 18th 2012

Finishing with a par with too many putts today, but a good overall game. In good mood before flying to Dubai for the final of the Race to Dubai. Japanese people, Japan and the Dunlop Phoenix Open were an amazing experience, so enjoyable!

Saturday, November 17th 2012

Not an easy scoring day, quite narrow here an my driving was not that accurate and a putt or two may have fallen in the cup today...

Friday, November 16th 2012

Vince had a meeting today with the Team of tennisman David Goffin to share experiences. Quite interesting for both parties... I still have a great memory of his match against Federer at Roland Garros ... Goffin is still young, 21 y, 45th in the world, he deserves some help to climb the world ladder, Belgian Companies don't hesitate too long, Belgian competence and skills can be a trademark and help your brand!

Pars, birdies and bogeys at the Dunlop Phoenix Open, holes 10 and 11 are costly after 2 days, but the 18th is kinder... Still 2 days to go. Luke has found his way on this course, he will be not easy to catch up!

Thursday, November 15th 2012

Thanks for all your messages, 30 candles in Japan was great!

Wednesday, November 14th 2012

This course reminds me Hilversum, treelined and narrow. Nature and views are quite nice, the greens are good but a little sandy. My approaches are stopping very quickly because of the sand, I'll need to adjust my shots.

Had a 3 hours practice session with a lot of 3 wood tests, and a new shaft for drivers... Japan still makes the best shafts in the world...

I launched a few drives where the radar showed a carry of 340 meters!!! The local media were amazed and made all a buzz.

I'm really enjoying life in Japan, quite nice emotions, like that traditional Tea Ceremony the other day. Because I'm lucky to be guided by local people, I'm discovering the true Japan and it's extraordinary...

Rich is quite happy also, the hotel provides the best crossfit - fitness furnitures he has ever seen in an hotel. So we sweat twice a day...

Monday, November 12th 2012

Japan is amazing, so interesting, deeply enjoyable to discover and to learn! This is a life experience, love it!

First day of golf here in Miyazaki, discovering my first course here in Japan,

Vince send me the good news about the PGA Tour next year, he needs to receive the confirmation from the Tour himself before having a toast on 2013! Even if the response is positive, I will still play global in Europe, USA, Africa and Asia... a global golfer... happy to play all over the world!

Wednesday, November 7th 2012

After 3 days in Hong-Kong, together with Rich, we flew to Tokyo, Japan, before heading to Miyazaki in order to play the Dunlop Phoenix Open. This is my first event in Japan and my first experience on Japanese soil too. I'm really looking forward to it.

Crossfit for 10 days with Rich to be fully ready for the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

On Monday, I will know for sure if I'm still in the Top 125 on the PGA Tour final Order Merit. Still 122nd, if 4 players jump over me, I won't have my card... this is sport! But it won't be the end of the world as I would still be able to receive at least 7 invitations on the PGA Tour, plus the majors and the WGC's...

Dunlop Phoenix Open - Miyazaki - Japan
222 86 30-Oct-2012

Sunday, November 4th 2012

There are courses you have an eye for, others not. It was the case with this one. I never had the right eye and consequently I never felt comfortable nor confident... Nothing to do with it; it is the reason why it's the same player seldom wins week after week. It's a tournament golf rule where some feel at home on certain golf courses. It is quite difficult to determine all the reasons: design, grass, light, weather, etc., the vibes, I don't know but it's a reality...

There is another golf rule never written in books. It's when it's "your week", a week when you see all shots and they come out of the club, weeks where everything seems to come so fluently, naturally, when also all good bounces and rub of the greens seems to come in your way. That's when some unexpected player wins a Major, it is just "his week"!

This WGC HSBC will move next year to the US PGA Fedex cup ranking, great news! It will count for both tours...

Friday, November 2nd 2012

Not confortable with the grain on the greens. Not easy to play in full confidence, too much hesitation.

I understand why South Africans do so well, they are home here on those greens... Great rounds from Louis and Ernie.

Thursday, November 1st 2012

Not the start I wanted for this tournament but a good finish to settle my game for the next days.

Wednesday, October 31st 2012

Tomorrow playing with Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker at 10.10 our time!

Tuesday, October 30th 2012

This is the last of the 8 Majors and WGC's of the year! Great American presence here with a lot of the Ryder Cup's players. I feel ok, my game is in good shape.

Mich is back in Europe and Vince is in Miami preparing next season.

WGC - HSBC Mission Hills Shenzen China
223 85 22-Oct-2012

Sunday, October 27th 2012

Saturday, I was really playing on a momentum, but a long wait on the 16th tee broke my concentration. And in 10 minutes I lost 4 shots. After the double on 16, and another long wait on the 17th tee, I was in doubt about the club selection on that par 3. After the decision, I didn't play the shot 100%. I recovered for that ball in the water on 17 (double bogey), and  I finished with a great par on 18.

Unfortunately, my confidence was a little shaken and I payed it on Sunday morning with a 3 putt at the first. After a few lost shots, I recovered my momentum till the 17 where I'm still between two clubs... I played on the green but much too far from the pin... and another 3 putts.

So is the bottle half full or half empty. Well I played wonderfully well for 70 holes, without that loss of concerntration at the end of the 3rd day, I would be higher in the ranking. But, once again this is experience, once in the momentum, I need to learn to recover it, easy said, not easy done... The botlle is definitely half full!

Like I said the overall game is great, my driving is superb, so are my irons and my putting, we worked a lot on my putting routine... Mich is quite optimistic, he's totally happy on my game, al adjustments payed off this week...


Friday, october 26th 2012

Another good round, played maybe a little better than the -4, but this is golf. With such a field, from the start you need to develop your A game. Drove quite well today...

I'm there in the hunt and even if I'm seven off the lead, there are still 36 holes to go...

Thursday,  October 25th 2012

Slow start, a bit too far from the pins and 2 greens missed at the end of the front 9, but there after I did a great par on 10 after a drive in deep rough. From then I played very solidly, with a great birdie on 18 for a total of -3.

It was important to finish in style, to keep the contact with the lead. The course was shortened today but still you play long irons to the greens.

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012

Typical Jack Nicklaus course, long track, wet fairways (it rained recently here), wide greens with slopes and levels and lakes everywhere.

Swing comes all right, two more days to work to be fine on Thursday.

No cut this week, 70 players invited.

It was nice to see all players back since the Ryder Cup; Medinah created a special bond between us. Marco Kraussler from BMW made a picture of our European team players here at Lake Malaren, always fun.

Sunday, October 21st 2012

Arrived in Shanghai after quite a long trip, and a 15 hours flight.

Mich arrived this morning also. We are back on the European Tour with a clear objective, make a nice finish on the three last tournaments, trying to make a top 10 at the end of the year. I will only play 3 tournaments as many others will play 5 tournaments. I'll have one week off after the WGC HSBC and will play for the first time in Japan, the Dunlop Phoenix Open. The two tournaments I won't play are Singapore and Hong Kong.

After the Far East tournaments I will be heading to Dubai for the DP World Championship, the final of the European Tour.


BMW Masters Shanghai China
224 84 18-Oct-2012

Vince Kompany, Marc Wilmots, well done guys, great quotes, great tweets! Belgium is our country, we are all proud to fight for our colours... Together we are better!

Belgian Flag
225 83 17-Oct-2012

Tuesday, October 16th 2012

Sorry for not editing more news but we are all quite affected by the brutal and unexpected death of our friend Jean-Pierre Hautier. All our thoughts to his family.

I'm currently testing and fine tuning clubs at the Ely Callaway Performance Center in Carlsbad (Ca). I'll fly on Saturday to China to play the BMW Masters to try to finish the Race to Dubai in style...


BMW Masters Shangai China - Preview
226 82 10-Oct-2012

Friday, October 12th 2012

I'm so sad!!! R.I.P. Jean-Pierre Hautier...

Thanks for being faithful all those years... you did your share for Belgium golf...

We are thinking of your family.

I'm so sad... no comment about the tournament.

Thursday, October 11th 2012

Gentle 65, good putting sensations, great recoveries, the kind of first round you like to have when you start a tournament. The Fry's.com is quite important for a lot of players and you feel the special atmosphere all around.

And it was raining out here, that means a change in the conditions, different greens, different winds, the right moment to secure a good score because I knew that not everyone on the PGA Tour is used to belgian rainy conditions. But Nick O'Hern is!

Today 6 birdies and no bogeys, even when I wasn't playing quite well around the middle of the round I could come hone with good ups and downs for par...

Wednesday, October 10th 2012

Sorry for the silence, but after all the Ryder Cup Buzz, I wanted to be alone, to regroup, in order to prepare the end of the season. I went to Carmel California (the Spirit of the 17 miles drive) till Sunday and came here on Monday.

Great place in California, the CordeValle Golf Club. Member of the Fall series, this is the kind of tournament we need in Europe, great week, great atmosphere, great course, great organization, lovely people, ...

Nicolas about the Frys.com and the PGA Tour - First impression

As you know, we'll try to secure a full card for next year. There's still a lot to learn, experience to gain, to climb the next steps...

Received some great news from Vince. Yesterday; he received his first email from Augusta National. He called me and said with some emotions in his voice: "I was at the office, I read it, text you guys directly to share that precious moment, then I took a drink, sat down and smiled alone...".

Vince is working hard to build an exciting end of season and two great news arrived already: the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City South Africa (29 Nov - 2 Dec) and the Royal Trophy (Europe vs Asia 13-16 Dec) in Brunei. The Nedbank is a 12 players tournament won last year by Lee Westwood. Great purses! The second one is a Match between Europe and Asia; Jose Maria Olazabal is the Captain, so you can fancy that I'm enjoying playing that match.

And in between, there is an option but not yet finalized...

Frys.com San Martin San Francisco USA
227 81 2-Oct-2012

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

Press conference this morning with the European Tour in Heathrow with Jose Maria Olazabal, followed by a return to Belgium in the afternoon with a special Welcome from Belgian supporters.

Some rest now, and I need it badly, before flying back to San Francisco on Thursday for the Frys.com, on the PGA Tour, another important tournament with a view toward 2013.

Between tournaments...
228 80 25-Sep-2012

Monday, October 1st 2012

Arrived very late in London with the team, nice flight with the Cup in our hands and 192 persons: players, family, officials and caddies.

Jose Maria Olazabal asks me to stay with him Lee Westwood and Francesco Molinari for a press conference, so my arrival in Brussels will be after 17.00.

Don't forget to look at the pictures in my Gallery, taken by Philippe Gaudy.

My proper team arrived also with me with the exception of Mich who came back 12 hours earlier. Brian Nilsson is back to Thailand to join Fhon, his wife. He's been wonderful the whole week. They all be great, I was perfectly prepared with just a lack on experience on the greens that were faster day after day. On Sunday it was the fastest greens I ever putted on... Need some learning, Friday they were just as I liked them.

Great party yesterday in our hotel with the 12 players and the captain, no details, no details... But I lost my voice, just to tell you how much we shout and song in Medinah... What an incredible experience, I'm not the same man and I can thank enough Xhema (Tchema Olazabal) for having selected me and permitted to witness from the inside all those moments.

You tie relations with players like nowhere else on Tours. This is a special bond between Ryder Cup players, and this is real... I Love that!

Sunday, September 30th 2012

We won, it's so emotional! I never felt so much pressure in my life and experienced greens that fast. It is time now to celebrate with the team in Chicago and during our flight back to London tomorrow...

Saturday, September 29th 2012

2 hard matches today. I didn't find the right pace of the greens but was also not lucky at all with some putts.

Tomorrow Dustin Jonhson in single...

Friday, September 28th 2012

Was this powerful, or not! I'm here to bring points for Europe, and that's what I did today with 8 birdies and 1 eagle during the 18 holes against Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.

But this round was exceptionnal, outstanding!

Thursday, September 27th 2012

And now that the golf begins, ... finally....

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

What a long day: 7.30 AM press conference and 11.00 end of the Gala presentation with Justin Timberlake and the legendary group Chicago!

We played 9 holes in foursome, I played with Paul Lawrie. After lunch, I had a long practice session to find my posture on my iron shots.

Tomorrow last training day and the opening ceremony. The intensity is clearly growing, it's already a long week, but I never witnessed such a buzz!

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

First practice day, I must admit that I was nervous when hitting my first shot! But it felt so nice, to be there after the official pictures, videos, ...

The crowd is already huge...

The course is beautiful, the greens are lightening fast and this is my greatest concern. A lot of ridges on them, very tricky to know. Two more days to get used to them.

Monday, September 24th 2012

My first Ryder Cup and I'm in the heart of it. Flying from London with the Official delegation was already something. Then the arrival at the private airport at Rockford, escorted to the hotel by the police, police at the hotel's entrance and police at the team's floor.

The Ryder Cup is a huge machine, an enormous organization.

Then, the outfits placed in our rooms, not as trendy as those I wear usually...

Tonight we had the first meeting and the dinner together.

Tomorrow it starts very early. Our program is full, every day, no free time, that's the first thing that came up to me. Wake up at 6.00. Pictures and video before 8.00 and on the course at 8.15!

My full team is here with me: Mich, Vince, Jérôme, Blaise and my parents.

Ryder Cup Week Medinah Chicago USA
229 79 18-Sep-2012

Friday, September 21st 2012

Great choice to come over here. Valderrama is a must when you want to measure up your game. Greens were especially prepared to be very fast. Thanks to Javier Reviriego and Christian for their cooperation. 

We had some more FlightScope work with the three wedges: pitching, 54 and 60 degrees. We found some good solutions.

We played also at Finca Cortesin on Thursday, it was quite windy and the challenge remains tough here. But the course and the surroundings are beautiful. And the hotel is a must in Europe, the beauty and athmosphere that I like, and a a very smiley and efficient service. It's all about people guys...

Tuesday, September 18th 2012

Finca Cortesin is one of the best place in the world, I feel so good here! Andalusia at its best... Mich, Rich and Vince are here with me. The program is from 7.30 till 22.30: fruit, gym, breakfast, golf on the course, lunch, golf (technique), gym, massage, dinner, sleep...

We pay a visit to Valderrama, and we will do it every day, to practice on their fabulous greens. We went to their short course 9 holes (did you know that they had a 9 holes short course) and had some fun, great greens just a bit too wet (too much spin), but quite interesting. We met our good friend Paul Vdh, member there, and shared some "Jamon rations". Paul is not only a sponsor (VDH Books), he's also a great friend who understands the requirements of our job.

Then, thanks to Javier (Valderrama Head Manager) and Christian (Valderrama Manager), we had the opportunity to practice on a polo pitch, flat and over 300 meters long. With our FlightScope, we checked all our distances from the 60° wedge till the 6 Iron. Quite interesting... A long session but don't get us wrong, we are not over-analyzing all the data. Feel is the most important thing, and my staff didn't tell me about the details, but only what was useful. With my 60°, I have a 57m distance swing and a 70m distance swing. With my 8 iron, I have a 155m swing and a 165m swing. I have actually two clear distance swings with each club (it depends on the intensity) and in between it's feeling that's working to get me at the right distance. It's much more complex than only distance, it's also a matter of type of grass, lie, wind, type of target, trajectory. GOLF IS A MATTER OF SHOTMAKING. With all those years of play, learning and understanding, my eyes are choosing very quickly the shots, and are telling my hands and body what to do. For me, golf begins when you hit the ball, not before, it's the way you hit it that makes the ball go where you want...

Monday, September 17th 2012

In Royal Zoute thanks to 2PM who invited their clients (and I'm one of them). Quentin d'Ursel and Philippe Feller organized a lovely day for their invitees to share the pleasure to be together and chat about asset management.

Count Leo Lipens was among us, and he is in great shape. He produced a super speech as only him can produce, he's such a "toffe pey" !


Training week Ryder Cup Finca Cortesin
230 78 11-Sep-2012

Sunday, September 16th 2012

Great start, than 2 bad swings at holes 10 and 11 and the momentum was broken. Good finish tough and finally happy of my week with another top 5, the 10th top 10 of the season (11 with Wyndham on the PGA Tour).

Quite happy with my game, we are on time in terms of level of the game 1 week before flying to Chicago, -17 in three days, with a putting routine that begins to be consistant and efficient (main goal of the week).

It's always a pity to leave Italy, I Roveri and the Bella Rosina hotel are great places and the food is unbeatable in Italy, surely if Costantino Rocca shows you the real osteria's (like Passami il Sale in Veneria betwen Torino and the Golfcourse).

Just one stop today with my friends of 2PM Asset managers (client day at Royal Zoute) and tonight we'll be at Finca Cortesin for the final preparation before the Ryder Cup.


Saturday, September 15th 2012

Promise kept, the course has been attacked...

There are still some more shots to gain, we'll see if they fall tomorrow.

The plan is working, I'm progressing where we decide to, I'll be ready!

There are 18 more holes to go, and a lot of pretenders... I won't change my objectives and stick to my preparation plan. All we worked on (putting, wedging) is paying off, great coaching once again!

Friday, September 14th 2012

Brian was right, -4 was an accurate cut targer. So at -2 after 13 holes, I decide to put some turbo in my game and it paid off...

Two more days of practice, Mich gave me some homework to follow our preparation plan before flying to Chicago. 

I want to dedicate this week to a good friend diver, Alain B.   Together, you and me Alain, we will attack that course with my Croco (Lacoste ;o) ) on our side this time!

Thursday, September 13th 2012

Cool for 11 holes, and then unlucky on 12 and 17. Stomach cramps all the afternoon, a day to forget scoring wise but Mich was happy about the work done.

We'll see what tomorrow brings... rather optimistic... Never felt so strong in my life, I'm hitting the ball miles...

Wednesday, September 12th 2012

Pro-Am day with a Rolex Team, great fun... Tough course for amateurs, quite long.

My long game and my putting were particularly sharp today.

Tomorrow, some Ryder Cup tee-off with Francesco Molinari and Martin Kaymer...

Tuesday, September 11th 2012

Driiiiiing, 4.30 AM the taxi rang to take me to Brussels Airport, direction Torino for the BMW Italian Open. Italy is a beautiful country with a great food. Italian food is never as good than in Italy. More tasty, more simple, better ingredients, respectful of the tradition...

Royal Park is a tree lined parkland course, finished 3rd here two years ago. We have two goals in our preparation for Medinah: driving and playing a treelined like course and define a more precise routine in my putting. Rich is here with me for three days of physical work. I must say that I began to feel the difference.

Yesterday in Sart Tilman, Knauf organized a day for his clients and relations and 18 holes in the afternoon with a numerous presence of the members. Great afternoon, people liked it.

One of the Knauf' clients was this morning invited at a breakfast in the presence of Elio Di Rupo. Our Prime Minister said to his invitees: "Gentlemen, don't hesitate to participate at Nicolas Colsaerts' carreer". Where that came from??? Since a few days, Di Rupo must have received many comments from his European colleagues and he had to get interested in golf in Belgium. Yes, Mr Prime Minister we have brought the Belgian flag up there!


BMW Italian Open - Royal Park Torino I Roveri
231 77 5-Sep-2012

Sunday, September 9th 2012

Thank you all for having visited me in Hilversum. My long game was magical, I hope you enjoyed my drives on the 12 and 18, I did also, but... I would have preferred a better score on those holes, -10 would have been a nice finish but my goal is not that much the final result. We are working to be in great shape at the end of the month in Chicago and we are on time.

Next week Italy. On the beautiful Royal Park Circolo del golf in Torino, I will continue my preparation with a special focus on my putting routine.

Tomorrow, I'll be with my friends of Knauf before flying to Turin on Tuesday early morning.

Because, football and golf are a good mix and If you love football, pay a visit on the Twitter or Facebook accounts of John Baete...

Saturday, September 8th 2012

Yesterday I was not the only one with a belgian flag in the hands: cheers to the Red Devils (0-2 in Wales), the Borlée brothers and the medalists at the Paralympics...

Cheers to Wesley Sonck, a good fan, who was here yesterday and chatted with Vince...

Friday, September 7th 2012

A good round with solid shots off the tee, some great second shots, some too short, but my putting was back. A great session last night: better grip, better routine, hands higher, ... it paid off!

Good to show to the Captain that his players are showing that they will be in great shape at the end of the month.

Once again a lot of Belgians here... But not only, I receive now more and more support from the crowds wherever I go.

This afternoon, like every day since we arrived here in Hilversum, Richard takes me to a Gym in town for my daily workout. After heavy squat sessions last week, my legs are getting stronger and Rich now is taking me to another level. One thing is sure, I will be physically ready for 3 Ryder Cups in a row!

Thursday, September 6th 2012

Great Belgian crowd today! I played well all day but the putter was pretty cold. We fixed it on the putting green after the round, little tuning in the left hand grip, in the stroke and the routine. Pretty confident for the second round. Friday, I'll play at 8.20, quite early...

The course is in great shape, great look with the blossomy heather at this time of the year...

It was one of the first time I was playing with Martin, nice guy, I enjoyed it.  With him and with Tchema we had some chat on the course... Ryder Cup was the subject... of course...

Wednesday, September 5th 2012

Press conference today followed by 18 holes pro-am. Mich, Jérôme and Richard are on my side. This week makes part of my preparation for the Ryder Cup.

Great news for Belgian golfers: Enghien Golf Club received the authorization to go from 9 to 18 holes (a 6 year battle) and near the coast a new 27 holes will open this week-end, 18 holes championship course and a 9 holes short course (after a 12 years battle). Welcome to them! They were so patient and courageous... It's so tough and unfair to build course in Belgium... Laws must be changed, the ones who wrote these laws hated golf... it's easier to build nuclear weapons than let some grass growing with some sand and water! Would you believe that...

Enghien: Golf Club d'Enghien

Koksijde: Koksijde Golf ter Hille

Tuesday, September 4th 2012

What a pleasure to see a splendid sunshine in Hilversum after last year's nightmare! The KLM, Daan Slooter and his team, the volunteers deserve a great open.

Will play with El Capitan Tchema Olazabal and Martin Kaymer, a first scent of the Ryder Cup. The Captain wants his players acting together, "don't see any sign of pairings, said Olazabal".

On Sunday, I played a few holes on an excellent La Marache course in Royal Waterloo, fast and hard greens, the way greens need to be played!

On Monday, meeting with our partner Softimat Popsy in Ravenstein, always a pleasure to play there on a sunny day.

KLM Dutch Open - Hilversum
232 76 28-Aug-2012

Saturday, September 1st 2012

Coming back to Brussels I had to take some rest. Great Press conference on Wednesday, and from Thursday, back in the gym with Rich Vanmeerbeek. Tough first day, gosh, but it has to be done. I need more rest also to load my batteries before starting to Holland and play the KLM. I hope the people will have good weather, they deserve it after the very floaded 2011 edition. It was hard working in rainy conditions for the greenkeeping staff and the organization. A sunny week will be more than welcome this time!

Tuesday, August 28th 2012

Thank you for all support and messages... this announcement means so much to me, it's was quite emotional. I gave all my energy this last 2 months, quite exhausting surely on the mental side.

When the phone rang on Sunday night at 10 PM and I saw +44 number, I knew that it was special. Jose Maria asked me to come at the Gleneagles hotel and he announced me the news. Even if I was confident, the words of the Captain were such a relief. 2 months of hard work granted by a invitation in the European Ryder Cup Team, waowww...

A dream comes true... When I participated at the Junior Ryder Cup in 1997 and 1999, I said to myself that I wanted one day to be playing with the big guys...

This Monday, I was invited to participate at the press conference after the official announcement. You maybe saw it on TV, it was amazing, the set-up, all these peoples, all the cameras... Impressive...

The Ryder Cup is like no other tournament in the world of golf, it's the third most media-related event in sport!

Time now to prepare, Vince and Mich have the plan prepared, we discuss it this afternoon and then all the team will be on duty: Jérôme, Richard, Blaise, ...

Tomorrow Press conference to meet the Belgian Press.

The Ryder Cup Selection
233 75 21-Aug-2012

Sunday, August 26th 2012

I gave my best shot! My last drop of energy has been injected in this week tournament... Now it's up to Olazabal to do his job. I gave 100%, all I had! What a summer... Sincerely, I was exhausted this week. Impossible for me to feel those putts, with more freshness I could do much better... but this is history...

Tonight, we'll have a nice dinner at Anne and Erich's place, Greg Havret and Benjamin Hebert have joined us to share the famous scallops of Jane's cuisine... A perfect program to prepare ourselves for the announcement tomorrow at 12.00 (British time). Some flyfishing also tomorrow morning before heading for the Gleneagles Hotel where Tchema will do his announcement in front of the television and the Press! 

Saturday, August 25th 2012

I fought like a dog... it's so tiring when the putts don't drop after all that work... I could have been much lower, they have to drop one of these days. But I can tell that I send some bombs today, and even I struggled on 8-9 and 10, I regroup from the 12 and drove the 14! Ok, let's attack that course tomorrow, even if I think to that Ryder Cup every 10 min, I want to show one more round how much I want to be in the team....

Friday, August 24th 2012

Difficult day, a lot of rain, very wet fairways, muddy lies, not my best rythm, but at the end of the day happy to finish like I did. Unlucky on hole 7, bogey, birdies refused on 6-8-9-10...but even if I couldn't made a very possible birdie on 16, I'm quite happy to finish with 3 birdies on the 5 last holes.

Still a lot of buzz around the Ryder Cup here, everybody tries to know what is in Tchema's mind. Ollie have made it clear: "Nobody will influence me"! (Tchema and Ollie are Olazabal surnames).

Still a long way to go, 36 holes on a very tiring course... This is sure, I will need some rest after this tournament.

Hopefully, I'm living in a great athmosphere, so peaceful at Anne and Erich's place (Collearn in Auchterarder). It's a little paradise here, just what I need to recover all my energy: family, great food, great people around me (cheers Jane, Amy and Alan)!

Thursday, August 23rd 2012

Played in control with nos stress through the 18 holes, that's was I was looking for. -3 for the round, with some other putts that could fall, is the start that I needed. The course is long, wet and it was quite windy this morning. A lot of buzz this week, with tv camera's everywhere and interviews, a lot around the next Ryder Cup of course.

Wednesday, August 22nd 2012

Pro-Am today with Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of the British PGA and the PGA of Europe! Great game even if we had 3 showers and some wind. Press conference after, then lunch, practice till 5.00 PM. Long day 11.30 hours on the golf club. Time now for some fly-fishing ...

Tuesday, August 21st 2012

After a great result at the Wyndham, I arrived today in Scotland to play the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. Didn't play any hole today, I will discover the modification on the course that Jack Nicklaus made in order to prepare the Ryder Cup in 2014. With Mich we went through all the shots. The swing is ok .

Tomorrow pro-am at 9.00 and then practice and at 5.00 PM I'll have a go to some fly fishing with John McCallum the butcher in Auchterarder, with Anne Emsens and Erich where we stay in 'Collearn".

Johnnie Walker Championship - Gleneagles - Scotland
234 74 16-Aug-2012

Sunday, August 19th 2012

This is the most tiring summer in my career. I will resume play this Monday at 9.00 and then reschedule all my flights and connections; I will arrive normally Tuesday in Gleneagles. Pro-Am on Wednesday to recover from the jet lag and then again 4 days of what will certainly be an intense tournament. I had a Five Guys tonight, so I'll be in good shape for the end of this 4th round ;o)... if the rain finally stops!

Friday, August 17th 2012

Nice patience today, 5 birdies, no bogeys, good to finish with a birdie after a long tiring day!

Thursday, August 16th 2012

Arrived here thanks to an invitation of Mark Brazil, who used to be the captain of the American Junior Ryder Cup Team. Mark is the tournament Director of the Wyndham Championship.

It's hot and humid here. The course is well designed but the rough is quite thick! Every shot that leaves the short grass is severely punished. A lot a features reminds me (and Brian also naturally) to Queensland (Australia). Fairways are drying out so... I'll be using my driver only 4 or 5 times. 

Really appreciate the organization of the PGA Tour, and certainly the number and kindness of the volunteers. It makes life here quite efficient. With Brian, we had some meals at our traditionnals Chipotle and Bonefish, two of our preferred franchise restaurants in the States.

Played ok today, went on a fair amount of fairways and greens! -3, 67 on that par 70!

Wyndham Championship - Greensboro - PGA Tour
235 73 8-Aug-2012

Sunday, August 12th 2012

CHEERS RORY! What a solid 66 to win your 2nd Major. Congrats...

Friday, August 10th 2012

Cold wedging, cold putting, sad story for me here on Kiawah Ocean course... Too bad my long game was back on track...

Thursday, August 9th 2012

+1 in the wind where 3 more putts could fall in on 11-13 and 16 for birdies, is not a bad start. I played beautifully from hole 3 till the next bogey on 14. Playing in the afternoon was not a gimme. No wind at all in the morning but a good breeze in the afternoon. Totally different game, I can garantee you! That wind had a positive impact on the very warm and humid atmosfere here in Kiawah Island.

It's a great three ball with Rickie and Charl. Tomorrow wake up at 5.00, playing at 7.50 from the 10th tee.

Wednesday, August 8th 2012

Early wake up 5.45, trying to avoid the thunderstorms and play 18 holes today. Great session yesterday with Mich, Dave Stockton and Bob Rotella...

Thunderstorm and rain at 10.30. Play suspended, but I managed to play 9 holes before, the back nine... No wind but with high temperatures and millions of mosquitoes!

Tuesday, August 7th 2012

First of all, Kiawah Island is a beautiful natural setting. But then, temperatures are quite high with a warm wind. It feels like 40° C.

The back nine is quite demanding, this is a strong challenge like always in Majors...

Today the wind has changed 3 times from directions, we had a lot of  thunderstorms...


USPGA Kiawah Island
236 72 29-Jul-2012

Sunday, August 5th 2012

Good last round with the 3 first holes played in the pouring rain! Good preparation for Kiawah Island!

Saturday, August 4th 2012

Pairings for the PGA Championship have been sent: I'll play Rickie Fowler and Charl Schwarzel. First time with Rickie. Looking forward to that one in Kiawah Island!

Friday, August 3rd 2012

Happy Birthday Vince!

I'm back again, more greens today, 68. You need to hit the fairways and greens here to have the slightest chance to score... After the two bogeys on 1, I was really frustrated from that 3 putts where the first one refused to drop after taking the lip (270 degrees)... An other bogey on 3! After that, I played just the way I wanted. Still two rounds to go, with Jérôme, we are ready for a intense week-end.

Tuesday, July 31st 2012

Very fast greens + long course + hot temperatures = you need experience here in Firestone. Longest par 70 on PGA Tour, longest par 5 on PGA Tour (667 yards 16th), only 2 par 5 and a very demanding stretch of par 4's. I'm a rookie here and I need to gather as much experience and local knowledge as I can!

The rough around the green is quite heavy, and we had a great session with Jérôme. Lob shots will be an interesting tool around the greens.

Interviewed and filmed today by the European tour...

Monday, July 30th 2012

Super fast greens, pace will be so important this week. Long course, tree lined.

We had a great session with Dave Stockton and his son, very useful for us. Jerome liked it too.

This afternoon, session with GolfDigest, my first one. With Ron Kapriske, chief editor, and Marty Hackel. Pictures with the very high speed camera and a surprising picture in Lacoste outfit.

Sunday, July 29th 2012

On our way to Akron Ohio for the third WGC of the year, one week before the US PGA. I'm with Jérôme Theunis this week, a very buzzy week with some important interviews with the European Tour and GolfDigest, Chief Editor Ron Kapriske and editor Marty Hackel.

WGC Bridgestone Firestone Akron Ohio USA
237 71 24-Jul-2012

Tuesday, July 24th 2012

What a beautiful day! Together with 2000 friends, a lot of Juniors, my team in Ternesse Golf Club will remain a super memory. And what an organization; Piet Vandenbussche and Golf.be are absolute magicians.

Many thanks to the greenkeeping staff; the course and specially the greens were fantastic, thanks to the speed I could set the new course record 68. Many thanks also to all volunteers and marshalls, from the parking, the course book (Leo) to the crew on the course. Many thanks to the club house and all the club's staff.

Many thanks to all the spectators who made this day so wonderful and our partners for their support: SLV Lights, 2PM (Asset Management), Rolex, AMB Brokers (Industrial real Estate) and Titleist Footjoy. Thanks also Patrick Brose (Critères) and Michel Verheughe (Super Color) for all their prints, boards and cubes, Lacoste for their prizes, and please forgive me if I forget here one or two persons...

Pictures available here!

Nicolas Colsaerts and Friends - 24 JULY 2012
238 70 17-Jul-2012

Sunday, July 22th 2012

And what about that 65 in the last round! A dream of a round! Sorry the Belgian National day was today!

By the way, my opening 65 is only been beaten by Adam Scott and Brandt Snedeker 64's!

Nicolas and Friends in Ternesse the 24 th July: we are over the 2000 persons! Yeahhhhhhh

I hope all juniors will be there!

Saturday, July 21th 2012

Cheers to all Belgians! Special day, I'm wearing the flag 365 days a year!

Sunshine this morning in Lytham St Annes!

Couldn't make more than +2 today, a bit unlucky on the green, but some quite nice display from the 12th!

Quite happy how I finish even if I shaved so many holes for birdies...


Friday, July 20th 2012

Off day! That wind change (from the east - totally opposite than yesterday) completely disoriented my game, I wanted to apply a similar kind of game plan and I couldn't. I payed.

The players in the afternoon had no wind and no rain, that was the good combination.

But I'm there for the week-end! And I had my bad day...

Thursday, July 19th 2012

Great day, from yesterday night during my practice session, I'm really swinging well. This is another great round in a Major. Not much to say, the figures on my card explains all. The eagle on the 2nd (I'm the first eagle on that particular hole in the history of the Open) was played with a 8 iron from 174 meters wind helping. Another great shot was my second from the fairway bunker on 17!

Since Monday, we have elected Portofino as our restaurant for the week. Superb italian food, thanks for the smile Giordana, thanks for the table Joe!

Tomorrow tee off 8.58 

Wednesday, July 18th 2012

Wind is coming up, seriously blowing. This is another course. Tanguy Legein has joined us, he was caddying Arnaud Langenaeken in 1996. Tanguy was 14 years old at that time! Arnaud made the cut 72-71-77-78 par 71. There was no wind in Lytham in 1996. The course is now longer and the par is 70.

Finally a great day of preparation, my posture, my swing, my rhythm and my strategy are setlled, I'm ready for tomorrow!

 FYEO - a picture that makes some buzz over here... (by Golf Punk Magazine)

Tuesday, July 17th 2012

Arrived Sunday, late afternoon, Vince, Mich and Blaise the day after but without their luggage thanks to the efficiency of our National Airport. We have rented a little house 2 km from Lytham where we all sleep and live when not on the course. Weather here in Lytham is awful, rain, rain and more rain. Even the water table (subterranean water) is full, so the bunkers are all wet because of the water due to the soil unable to absorb any more!

Great day of practice. Wake up at 5.00 AM. On the practice at 5.45AM, breakfast at 6.30AM and on the course at 7.00... Practice round with Anders Hansen and the winner of the French Open, Marcel Siem. After that some deep session on the driving range, for example to choose the right wedge to use in the wet sand. Because there is always some strong side wind here in Lytham, the driving needs also to be adapted to find the right trajectories... and the fairways.

Lytham is a special course with 200 bunkers scattered on the 18 holes, and those difficult par 4's surely on the beginning of the round and on the end. It's a par 70 over 6.400 meters long with only 2 par 5's.

On Wednesday, we will do the opposite: practice in the morning and some holes in the afternoon. In fact, I will play at 2.00 PM with two previous winners here in Lytham: Tom Lehman (1996) and David Duval (2001)!



British Open - Royal Lytham St Annes
239 69 12-Jul-2012

Sunday, July 15th 2012

Scottish open is over and a new week is already coming. I'm looking forward to this British open, third Major of the year. With Marcel Siem and Greg Havret we will fly from Inverness to Blackpool and tonight we will be in Lytham.

Saturday, July 14th 2012

A par day in Castle Stuart is a poor day. I thought I could find the right pace on those slow greens. But it did not happen. Quite disappointed. But a good fourth round could take me back in the first part of the leaderboard.

Thursday, July 12th 2012

68, 4 birdies, no bogeys, solid round but a bit too far from the pins to score a very low round. Had a stiff neck after last week, the charter flight, the rain since 10 days, the cold wind, but it's a little better...

Castle Stuart is a wonderful piece of links, playing longer than last year. the guys in the morning had a cool but quiet weather and they mede most of t!

It was nice to congratulate Marcel for his win last week in Paris,

Scottish Open - Castle Stuart - Inverness
240 68 4-Jul-2012

Sunday, July 8th 2012

Congratulations Marcel, great win! The other great Sunday was signed by Francisco Molinari with that outstanding 64.

Finally, I'm happy with the end result. Missed 2 or 3 putts to be really in contention, and the rough found with my 3 wood on 13 and drive on 14 didn't help neither. But overall, I'm building my form again for the next two Majors. This french Open was pretty tiring with the wind, the rain and the rough but it was nice to have all the belgian support in Paris.

Tonight flight between Pontoise and Inverness, organized by the European Tour.

Monday, Pro-Am for charity organized by Paul Lawrie.

Saturday, July 7th 2012

Another piece of patience today, with some costly tee shots in the rough like on the 1st, 3rd or 9th. A lot of birdie attempts  on 7, 10, 11, 15, 16 to no avail. Once again not my A game but overall that 69 is a good 3rd round. It's really tough out there, wind, rain and that heavy rough. I'm still thinking that some fairways are too narrow and the rough too penal on some holes.

I had a great meeting yesterday night with Jean Garaialde, the French best player of the 60' and 70'. He once beated Jack Nicklaus in Sweden. He was a good friend of Donald Swaelens and they traveled a lot together. Always cool to share the experience of the old glories, they have so many stories and they have been through the same kind of tournaments and emotions than we do.

Another good Belgian crowd today, happy to finish well for you all.

Tomorrow I'll dedicate my round to JPH, both of us are on a mission...

Friday, July 6th 2012

Great Belgian crowd, I'm so proud of you!

Rain, high winds, thunderstorms, what a weather cocktail for a long day, but an happy end with finally two good birdies after so many attempts that stayed around the hole and refused to drop. I had not my best game today in difficult circumstances but some great approaches saved my day like on hole 3, 4 and 12.

So unlucky on 14 where a stone under my ball on my 3rd shot, deflected it at 45 degrees and I couldn't make the birdie after 2 solid shots.

But I'm still in the hunt, 6 shots from Marcel Siem, the leader. Marcel is playing well these last tournaments, and this is maybe his week...

Thursday, July 5th 2012

Quite delighted to know that the Belgian tennis champion, David Goffin, will be present on July 24th in Ternesse. One more friend that comes is always a pleasure! We have not met so far but I enjoyed watching his match against Federer. He's a golf fan so we'll have a good chat...

I had the pleasure to see a lot of Belgian supporters, from different clubs, like the Juniors from the AFG, and my partners from KNAUF, Patrick Renard and Pierre Thomas. Quite happy those two and their friends from Liège like the famous Couks!

It did rain last night but less than expected. The course remains delicate to play.

I teed-of at 8:10 from the 10 today. A good start with a birdie on 11th, 3 pars. Then came a bogey on the tricky 15; almost birdied the 16 but on the next hole, the 17, a drive way left was sanctioned by a double bogeyed.  I let slip a birdie opportunity on the 18 but did not on the next hole (No 1); also birdied the 3rd to be back level. The birdie on the 6th was very welcome before the very treacherous 7th. My 3 wood found the rough on the right and a lay up was the only possibility; I hit a (almost) perfect 9 on the left of the pin then sank the 15 foot. All of you who ever played the course will agree that making a par in such conditions was worth a birdie !

Once again, I was amazed to see the number of compatriots who probably got up in the middle of the night to be present when we teed-of ! Even if already said many times before, I do appreciate their presence and enjoy the warm support.

Some more words about the course. Not surprisingly, it is tough to play. There is not a single tee where you can feel a bit more relax. Every shot is demanding. Any mistake can turn very quickly in a bogey or worse.

Wednesday, July 4th 2012

No play today, saving energy but a meticulous technical preparation. The bad swing stretch of last week is now forgotten, Mich was particularly attentive to all details: posture, alignment, angles, rhythm, coordination... As a result I'm quite confident to have recovered my US Open mood. Indeed, this is still a human game and tomorrow, I can feel in another mood. But even if I'm suffering from hay fever, I'm quite optimistic. And it's gonna rain tonight, good news for the hay fever. I practiced next to Lee Westwood and we had a long chat on the driving range, he also suffers from the same allergy...

I still think that players will be surprised by the difficulty of the course, any slight offline shot will be punished, and with humid rough, the only club to play will be the sandwedge. At the other hand, the greens are better than the other years, the roll is truer, doesn't swing any more.

Tuesday, July 3th 2012

This course, Albatros, in these conditions, at the Golf National is the toughest I ever played! Fairways are so narrow and the rough is quite high. My opinion: It's too punishing when you are in the rough. Fairways 20 meters wide, a first cut of 4 meters then a higher cut (10 cm), a third cut of 16 cm and high rough up ti 1 meter.


Fairways are quite soft, the time of hard and rolling fairways is past. Watch the scores on Thursday...

Open de France Alstom French Open
241 67 26-Jun-2012

Portrush, June 29th 2012

Such a bad day! I was swinging upside down... I stay here for the weekend to practice as much as I can!

Portrush, June 28th 2012

Solid round today. 13 pars 5 birdies. From tee to green, and on the greens, everything was in place.

It was raining this morning but, at 6.00 when we arrived, huge crowd was already queuing at the gates. They are really passionate golf fans here in Ireland. Congrats!

It's so nice to play in front of so many spectators, a pleasure...

Portrush, June 27th 2012

Everything is demanding in Portrush...

For the french speaking, great article and pictures in Le Journal du Golf L'Equipe, just click on the cover to view the pdf file.

Portrush, June 26th 2012

Why is this course Royal? The answer is obvious, this is a king of a course! Greens, dunes, fairway and greens undulations, deep rough, hard surfaced  and fast greens, penal bunkers, 3 dimensional shots where you feel that the air is a real material having the wind playing a major role! A delight of a course...

I played 18 holes this morning in front of a huge crowd. Everyday is sold out. Ireland is another country of golf...

Great session on my short game (1h30) with Jerôme Theunis who received from Mich the feedback of my coaching during the US open. Weather is typical Irish ... or Scottish... or Belgian, cold, breezy and rainy.

After that, a super power nap before our dinner with a quite hungry Jérôme.

Tomorrow Pro-Am day.

By the way I don't understand the French Open from closing the Tuesday and Wednesday for the public. Isn't that the weirdest idea of the year on the European Tour? Several years now that they are acting like that, anyway I told them my point of view... And when you see the crowd and the enthusiasm here in Northern Ireland, you'll quickly know what I mean...

Irish Open, Royal Portrush
242 66 20-Jun-2012

Juniors, parents and golfers, all of you are welcome...

If you want to meet me and follow a demo, book the 24 July in Ternesse Golf and Country Club (Antwerp).

We will manage something for juniors in the morning, for some VIP at noon and for juniors and everybody else in the afternoon.

I invite Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry (they are great and I want to continue to help them), two of the most talented young players in Belgium for a 18 holes tournament where we will set the (first) course record of the new remodeled Ternesse course.

If you want to attend this unique event, visit this site and register.

It's free!

Program and other details available on the same site.

Nicolas Colsaerts & Friends (24 July 2012 - Ternesse GC)
243 65 8-Jun-2012

Sunday, June 17th 2012

Even if it was a great week with 3 full days of superb golf, that last day is quite disappointing. That deep typical San Francisco Fog killed my game. I didn't see the shots as I'm used to, couldn't feel the distance with that cold humid air reducing the ball flight. No spin, bouncing on the green, too long at the first, bogey, too short at the second, bogey, too short at the third , bogey, spinning at the fourth, bogey! Long putt for birdie on the fifth, but I was completely lost in my feeling. Webb Simpson at the other hand played here the US Amateur in 2007 and he told me that he's used to these conditions. And he makes a hell of a round! Well played and a win fully deserved.

It's difficult right now but I need to only capitalize on the positive aspects that were so numerous and forget that last day! Mich, Vince, Bob Rotella, and Dave were unanimous more than positive and happy about what I learned and how I played this US Open, so that's surely what I have to do, even if the taste is bitter right now...

Thanks for your support and all those late hours in front of your screens. I did my best!

Saturday, June 16th 2012

I'm really enjoying this tournament!

Quite happy with my position, 4th and 3 strokes from the lead. This course is brutal, I had 2 bad shots and I lost 2 strokes... Do you know that the greens are so firm now that there are no pitch mark anymore! This set up is like that once in 10 years...

+1 today, a lot of missed opportunities. We corrected my putting posture after the round.

4th round with Webb Simpson at 2.40 PM.

The crowd was really noisy today; so many people around us, not easy to concentrate...

Friday, June 15th 2012

Great day of golf, played solid from tee to green and putted very confidently. This is my first cut in 3 Majors played. A good step in my career. This round under par is to remember because this is a course that is defending his par like no others! Nice steak in the evening in San Francisco with Mich, Vince and some friends from Belgium...

Will play the 3rd round with Graeme McDowell. He won this before in Pebble Beach, he has the experience, I'm looking forward playing with him.

Thursday, June 14th 2012

Double bogey at 1 and 3 and by that time the 2 putts for par at the 4th were very important. From there, at 4 over, I had 3 birdies and I bogeyed the 16. Didn't drive the ball quite well, but we fixed it at the practice at the end of the day. For lower trajectories, Mich corrected my posture with a need of being closer to the ball to play the kind of shots I wanted...

Wake up call for Friday's round will be at  5.00... Play at 7.22 AM.

Wednesday, June 13th 2012

5.30 wake up call in the city of San Francisco, the sun would like to rise but it's quite foggy.

Last practice day to make up my plan to tackle that course. One will absolutely need to come from the fairway to have a chance to find the right spot on those diabolic greens. Because of the slopes on the greens and the slopes on some heavy undulations around the greens, you can hit the green and finish 50 meters lower, on the right, the left, the front or the back, depending on the setting. Quite a challenge...

Nice meeting with Bob Rotella yesterday, great chat, sharing of experiences, old school just the way I like it. Met also Bob Vokey; he made me some new wedges (two of them with 17 grooves instead of 14), and also Roger Cleveland, designer of my Callaway irons. This is the US Open where you can meet all those legends of the game.

Great short game session with Mich yesterday, reviewing my basics for the different types of approaches.

I feel good...

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

Practice round with Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero. 10 holes from the 9th...  After it, interview and shooting for L'Equipe and Le Journal du Golf or the Cover at The Open de France.

Tomorrow practice round with Bjorn, Goosen and Coetzee, 9 holes from the first this time.

Monday, June 11th 2012

Went to Cypress Point thanks to Dave Stockton. What a gem, what a golf course, what a nature, this is paradise on earth for a golfer. I saw some tears in the eyes of Vince, this place under a brilliant sunshine brings some emotions out! Mich was also impressed and my parents were in "wow" mode! What Alister McEnzie designed here is magical, he founded 18 superb holes and some of them are unforgettable. Genius and class from a man who also designed Augusta National. Tomorrow and Wednesday back to The Olympic to prepare that 112th US Open, my second one!

Sunday, June 10th 2012

First day in The Olympic, played 18 holes and chipped from all over around the 18 greens. This course is a real test of patience and shot making. All fairways are inclined and all greens are sloping one way or the other but a lot from right to left. The holes are going up and down from the 1rst to the 18th and the ball is never on feets level, nor are the feets at the same level! The greens are small, they are super fast and super firm. It's a quite demanding course and all cards with an under par score are very well played. All observers agreed on one thing, there will be not many people under par after the 4 rounds.

The other feeling is the beauty of the course, splendid trees, nice design, proximity of the Pacific sea, beautiful setting for an Open! The beauty and the beast, you can call The Olympic with those words.

Friday, June 8th 2012

Two lovely days spent with Dave Stockton at the secret but great Titleist test center in San Diego.

Then with my parents, we took the Pacific Road from San Diego to San Francisco. Wonderful experience.

Change in program. After the US Open, I won't play the BMW International Open, but will go for Ireland, France, Scotland and British Open.

After that I'll play the Nicolas Colsaerts & Friends in Ternesse, my only Tournament round in Belgium this year...

In August I'll go for the WGC Bridgestone in Akron, the USPGA in Kiawah Island and the Johnnie Walker in Gleneagles. Due to a heavy september schedule, I won't play the Omega Masters in Crans Montana.

112th US Open San Francisco
244 64 29-May-2012

Sunday, June 3rd 2012

There are many ways to play the par at Muirfield Village, I signed mine. With some virtuosity "à la Belge"...

A bunker shot in at the 4th, a chip in at the 7, a triple (and no Westmalle) at the 10th, followed by 4 birdies in the last six holes... just to tell the Memorial that I leave the tournament with a smiling face, knowing now much more how to tackle that splendid but demanding course.

This was my first cut on the PGA Tour, ending 25th. I enjoyed it very much, the setting, the crowd and the presence of my crossfit " bodyguard " and friend, Richard. By the way I succeeded the double under (with jump rope twice under the feets)...

Tomorrow I'll fly to San Diego where my parents will join me for a few days practice with Dave Stockton, followed by a family trip by car on the Pacific Coast between San Diego and San Francisco.

Saturday, June 2nd 2012

For the first time, today I felt at ease in Muirfield ... it happened on the 15. I played drive, drive and the crowd liked it: "Thanks for the entertainment" they said... I start feeling better and better in the US now, more relaxed, more familiar with this Tour and all its differences...

I didn't drive the ball as well as I can, too much wind, you need to work the ball so many times, that the normal drive doesn't come out so easy... Driving is 100 % technique... I'll need some fixes... Mich comes at the US open...

Story: On 18 I had 3 meters for birdie, Brian told me if I make the birdie there, he will offer me lifetime burgers at "Five Guys"... My favorites! And I made it! A nice story those Five guys burger restaurants. Everything started 26 years ago with 4 brothers who started a business in cooking burgers in Virginia. The Press gave them a #1 reputation in the area and from there the American dream took over. At the same time, a 5th brother Murrell was born and it became the "Five Guys"...

Friday, June 1st 2012

Quite a difficult day: heavy rain and then wind. Greens were not easy to find but it seems that we'll be there for the week-end. 70 and ties are going through...

Play suspended! It's raining cats and dogs. Quite unlucky on 12, my ball was deeply plugged in the bunker, 50 cm from a great shot...

Thursday, May 31st 2012

Satisfied after this first round, the greens were quite tough to play, hard and very fast. My first 9 was a great display of shots. Played a bad 3 wood on the 11th tee, and didn't yardage correctly the second shot: in total, went twice in the water, 2 penalty strokes, double bogey on the card. Good finish after. Par after 18 is a good score in those circumstances here at Muirfield Village...

A lot of spectators, they liked my specials... 2 iron played low and a high 3 wood out of the rough... received some "Nice Fly  Bro", "We don't see that much anymore"... it's not the kind of course where you can launch long drives, you need to be cautious.

We worked after with Rich, we had food and went early in bed... early start this Friday.

Wednesday, May 30th 2012

The greens are getting very, very fast, the ball never stops. Main goal will be to stay under the holes, to have an uphill putt, quite different than in Europe where I like downhill putts...

During my last practice round (9 hole from the tenth this wednesday afternoon) I had two massive drives on 13 and 18 this afternoon, people like it so much here... Good chat today with Stenson and Grace... and tonight Steakhouse! Rich likes it so much when I pronounced the word steakhouse!

Richard reminded me how many "Wow's" I said when looking at the course and the shots you play here! Pure golfer's delight, what an inspirational setting, nature and golfdesign at his best!

Practiced a lot around the greens, that Kentucky Blue grass rough is new for me, I need to find the right techniques, this is all about experience, and that's why I'm here, compiling experience. Played 9 holes on Tuesday and will play 9 holes today. Long game is in shape, short game need to be adapted to the very fast greens and the grass around the greens. Strategy becomes clearer.

Really surprised by the reception received here after my win at the Volvo Match Play, people in the States followed this closely. David Leadbetter came to congratulate me and I had a long chat with Justin Rose who's becoming one of the great favorite for this tournament that he won in 2010. He played very strongly again last week in Wentworth, he's now at the top of the Race to Dubai!

Still very hot and humid, over the 30°, quite a difference from what we had the last weeks...

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

And what a lovely course, perfection in course preparation. This is Jack Nicklaus legacy to Professionnal Golf and "la crème de la crème" of all all players are here. I'll play against long hitter JB Holmes and Englishman Brian Davis at 12.21 PM from the 1rst tee. JB Holmes tops the driving distance in Muirfield Village... I'll enjoy to play with him but won't make it a contest, this course is much more than a driving course. Nearly all holes are treelined, you need to be cautious. The finish is hard and the 12th is an exquisite par 3!

Muirfield Village is ranked 16 on Top 100 best courses in the States and 19th most difficult on 51 PGA Tour Courses!

The fact is that's it's extremely hot here, maybe it's gets better on Thursday, we'll see.

The Memorial Tournament - Dublin, Ohio, USA
245 63 26-May-2012

Saturday, May 26th 2012

Vince arrived today in Belgium and found this telegram at home:

Mr Nicolas Colsaerts
c/o Mr Vincent Borremans

We are delighted to congratulate you for the wonderful victory last Sunday at the World Golf Championship in Casares. We wish you many more successes in your future competitions.

ALBERT - PAOLA

Belgium cares...

Telegram from King Albert and Queen Paola
246 62 21-May-2012

Friday, May 25th 2012

I battled hard till the 15th before collapsing on 16. The birdie on 15 had an opposite effect. Nervously, I melted down, my energy shut down and 16 and 17 killed my 2 days and the tournament. After yesterday, I thought I could escape the classic backlash after the intensity of last week. I was still pumped up till yesterday afternoon. Those greens asked me too much concentration. 33 putts yesterday and today also. Superb long game (missed 1 tee shot in 2 days, on the 17th), but couldn't read their damned lines and speed on greens. This championship comes too early in the season in England, there was ugly weather for 6 weeks, no grass growth, no roll, no speed...

But I will remember the positive news: an enormous drive on 12th: a 393 yards drive and a gap wedge after, 2 putts for birdie on that par 5, still can't figure out why the ball didn't fall for eagle. And now that I melted down, I can finally sleep, I could only sleep 5 to 6 hours a day since last Friday, where I had my last "siesta". I just need to wake up on Sunday at 9.00 to catch my plane for The Memorial in Dublin, Ohio. That's the other good news, I'll be there one day earlier and can rest on Saturday.

Ok time to finish, my eyes are closing...

Thursday, May 24th 2012

Par today. Greens were very slow and marked this afternoon. Couldn't find the inspiration to putt like I would like. Hopefully, tomorrow morning I'll play earlier and have more chance to make some putts than today. I'm confident, still 3 rounds to go!

Some good news: Vince asked and received an invitation for me to play The Memorial Tournament, Jack Nicklaus'Tournament in Dublin Ohio. Quite pleased to visit that superb tournament played on a legendary course designed by the Golden Bear. I need those experiences. I'll be there with Rich Vanmeerbeek to work on my fitness.

Quiz of the day: what's the best Belgian performance at the PGA Championship here in Wentworth? Answer: Donald Swaelens, second to Peter Oosterhuis in 1973.

Great weather here in Wentworth...tee off at 1.15 PM Local Time.

Wednesday, May 23th 2012

Thank you again for all your visits at my website and your messages. You break the record on Sunday and Monday!

Pro-Am day at 8.00 this morning and a lot of interviews today and yesterday.

Mich is quite happy of my swing and it's true that I have great sensations and my ball striking is probably at its best.

Now that course is quite tough but I like the changes, it's less unfair than the 2 last years. Greens need 3 more weeks of good weather with high temperatures and not much rain! Nature is quite late this year because of the poor weather in Europe. But the forecast is great, yeahhh

Had a visit of Patrick Brose and the Todtenhaupt Brothers, 3 old friends and good amateur players. It seems that Patrick will be also at the US Open where other Belgians will be present like Jonathan Hankar (friend from Royal Waterloo). Tomorrow first round at 13.15.

Tuesday, May 22th 2012

I feel quite lucky to play from a great tournament to another. The PGA Championship in Wentworth is the biggest european event after the British Open, the setting is quite classy and history has been made through the years on that West course.

It's gonna be a long day, early wake-up, practice round, practice session to settle the swing after playing in the wind for a few days. Then interviews, press conference at the Press center and a meeting at the European Tour Headquarters (they want already to take my measurements (every player from the top 30) for an possible participation at the Ryder Cup). The Ryder Cup has started to be in the center of all discussions, not between players but certainly in the media. There is no interview without talking half of the time on the Ryder Cup.

But for now, the Ryder Cup is absolutely not my priority, I know I can be in, and I will love to be in, but it will certainly not change anything now. Getting experience in the Majors, learning how to play well in there is my main goal. This will make me stronger for all the tournaments to come...

Monday, May 21st 2012

Thank you all for all your messages, I'm reading them all but we are exploding the number of visits on our website, on Facebook and on the phone !

What a change: top 32 OWGR and 4th at the Race to Dubai, amazing, no?

Transfer day between Malaga and London, we are quite exhausted by that week full of intensity, concentration and efforts. Vince has a lot to do, huge work, he's charging his Iphone 3 times a day. Chill night with Mich, Vince and Marcel Siem at the official hotel.

Tomorrow morning, early start again to play the course when it's not too crowded (before 8.00 AM)!

BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, London
247 61 14-May-2012

Finca Cortesin, May 20th 2012

And what about that! World champion Match Play... What an adventure...

Room service in my suite with my parents, Mich, Brian and Vince, chilling and partying in this beautiful suite in Finca.

Cheers to all who followed me in their golfclub or at home, cheers to all trustful supporters, cheers to all who supported me here this week!

Too tired to write more... but so happy...

Finca Cortesin, May 19th 2012

Never played so well here in Finca than this morning against Justin Rose. My game was solid as a rock and it payed off. What a difference with my match against Goosen! It was a great win that impressed many people. I had decided to start strongly to have a chance to shake him, and the strategy proved to be successful. I must say that I played several wonderful irons into some flags and my putting was confident as ever.

In the afternoon against Brandt Snedeker, I started off strongly, but on the 7th I missed a 2 meters putt for a 5 up situation. 30 seconds later my ball went too far taken by that strong "Poniente" wind that was swirling around. I couldn't figure out where it was blowing and Snedeker took advantage of this. After 10 holes I was only 1 up anymore. Hopefully, I'm not the only one that suffered from that wind because Brandt experienced the treacherous gust blowing on the 13th and I could win the hole. A good birdie on the 14th and a par at the demanding 15th and the semi-final opened their arms for the second year in a row...

With this result, I can imagine that there is a Belgian flag in the top 50 world ranking.... another good news!

Tomorrow, semi-final against the strong Scot Paul Lawrie who played beautifully all week...

Finca Cortesin, May 18th 2012

What a day! Upside down. Never played well this morning against Retief, without an A game you don't beat a Major winner in good form. So I lost on the 18th.

Then in the middle of my afternoon siesta I get a call from the Tour in my hotel room because Goosen was up after 12 and a playoff could happen.

The quickest shower of the year and 20 minutes after, I was on the 9th tee next to Schwarzel! With both a birdie putt, I made mine and he missed his.

Finally the Belgian crowd could smile again, and that bad day turned into a great one! Sport can be amazing, no?

Finca Cortesin, May 17th 2012

Great match with Charl, he was brilliant on 17 and 18 and the square result is quite logical even if I was 1 up after 17, but a second too long and a badly lied chip at the back of the 18, made my birdie too difficult. He did his 4 to square the match.

But it was intense, high quality shots all day and finally a squared match.

Tomorrow against Retief I will need a win to secure a qualification.

A lot of Belgian supporters here at Finca, it's always nice to have that support.

Friday, on the first tee at 8.35!

Finca Cortesin, May 16th 2012

Finca Cortesin is one of the nicest hotel we visited on Tour. Setting, views, architecture, service, it's a beautiful place! Great course also where you'll need a strong driving in your bag!

Good practice day on Tuesday with Mich. Pleased with my game. Julien Bravard, an old friend from Biarritz joined us for a few days. Julien is Pro and specialized in clubfitting in Illbaritz. Good friend of Mich also, in the past he followed Mich as a Pro in Rigenée during 2 years.

We know now our group: Charl Schwarzel and Retief Goosen. It's amazing how many South-Africans I played with this season. It's a good way to refresh my Afrikaans...

My Anahita bag is still making the buzz on Tour, players like it...

Pro-am this morning!

Brussels, May 14th 2012

Flying to Malaga and Finca Cortesin with a great news: 51 at the OWGR, can't be closer with the top 50 mark!


Away for 5 weeks!

VOLVO WORLD MATCH PLAY - Finca Cortesin - Spain
248 60 1-May-2012

Sevilla, May 6th 2012 - check the pictures in Gallery

The guy who hit the most fairways and greens this week has won. Well done Francesco, very solid.

If you had told me earlier in the week that I would finish 7th, I wouldn't have believed it. To finish better than 7th I would have needed some momentum, more birdies on the par 5's on the front nine, more success on greens and more fairways and greens hit either. But after all, I can't be disappointed, it's another Top 10 in the bag.

Hopefully, I have one week off to regain some energy. Direction Biarritz to play some rounds on good greens and dry land, then I come back in Belgium to participate at the Knauf Day.

Next Program: Volvo World Match Play at Finca Cortesin, BMW PGA in Wentworth, Wales Open at the Celtic Manor.

Sevilla, May 5th 2012 Back nine

After two hours delay, we were back on track! It was really blowing on those back nine! Missed some fairways and greens, and shaved the hole at 13, 14, 18. Made an avoidable bogey on the 15...

But these are real tough conditions, you need your A game and a great fitness to battle, all credit to the leaders... The weather forecast seems a little better for tomorrow... Maybe I can have some roll on that final day!

Sevilla, May 5th 2012 Front nine

Play is suspended at 1.10 PM. Jerome, Vince and Philippe (our photograph) are transformed into sponges. This is an unreal weather, tropical, monsoon!!! I'm on the 5th green, marked my ball and came back to the club-house.

I feel quite sorry for the organizers and the greenkeepers of this Open. They deserve much better conditions, such a nice Open, great course and 100th anniversary!  Let's hope for sunshine for tomorrow's final day.

Sevilla, May 4th 2012

Ups and downs on 18 holes. Everything was going smoothly till my 11th hole (N°2 on the course) where I overclubbed my second shot. Played beautifully out of the bunker but my 3 feet putt jumped to the right (hit a little pebble) and the ball never saw the hole. I was shocked there. Quite unlucky. On the next hole, the par 3 (the 3rd hole) I overclubbed again and made another bogey. This wind was blowing hard but at this particular moment of the day, it was gusting and surprised us more than one time. 3 strokes lost there... And I had to concentrate seriously to end with 5 par.

Level for the tournament without having much luck on the greens, it's ok even if I was -3 at one stage... the road is still long.

I receive so many compliments about my new bag. It's a real pleasure... You can see some pictures of my Anahita Mauritius bag in the Gallery (Pictures made by Philippe Gaudy).

We have had 30 minutes of sun in 36 holes... Storms and rain, a lot of rain, very good for the spanish agriculture but quite demanding for players and spectators! Cheers to the courageous people who have followed me...

My new 3 wood stays in the bag, that Rocket Ball is a monster!

Sevilla, May 3rd 2012

Tough conditions today. Rain for 8 holes and then strong winds! Didn't play my A game. Could 't get the full concentration and let some 2nd shots slip away... In those circumstances, Par is a correct result.

Sevilla, May 2nd 2012

Pro-Am day. On the range, we continued our work with the wedges and during the pro-am we gave a go on a new 3 wood (Taylor Made Rocket ball 14,5°). We will decide with Mich and Brian tomorrow morning if it deserves a place in the bag. There is a gain of 15 meters in length but I want to be sure that these 15 meters don't become 20 or 25 meters... 

I was quite exhausted after the round, not yet at 75 % of my energy.

This course is very demanding, Brian expects a final score around -10. The rough can make serious damage on a scorecard. Greens are still "humido" like they say here, and spin control is also a serious issue... But they were slower in the afternoon...

Kjeldsen holds a record of 62 here but there was no rough. So I don't think anybody can come any near of that kind of figure this week. They should go for a new record. By the way, the best score of each round will be awarded a Jamon 5 Jotas (Bellotta pata negra). Spaniards are naturally quite motivated to win that special tournament. They are 32 on the starting list and 32 who want to win... A lot of buzz here for the Centenary of the golf federation and you can understand why.

Sevilla, May 1st 2012

What a pleasure to come back at this "great" european course. This is an outstanding golf course, perfectly manicured, with fast greens and a dangerous rough all over the place! This is an US Open style of preparation... Congratulations to the club.

  • 1912 - 2012, 100 years of Spanish Open, a Centenary
  • 1992 - 2012, 20 years anniversary for the Real Golf club de Sevilla designed by "Xhema" Jose Maria Olazabal
  • 1972 - 2012, 40 years on the European Tour


It's gonna be a great occasion, I feel it. I met my old friend Gonzaga Escauriaza, the Spanish federation President (I met him at the EGA when I was Junior), he had a great smile on his face, his health is fine after an operation and the setting for this open, organized by the Federation, is absolutely perfect.

I came here this morning, early morning, 6.45, it was still dark, had breakfast with Mich, Brian and Vince, and went to hit some balls on the range watching the sunrise... No legs, no energy, still dealing with my flu. We did it smoothly and Mich gave me a great hint to find my rythm and coordination concentrating on my take away and ... it worked like magic. Then we played 9 holes, the back nine. After a quick lunch, we got back to the range to have a session with Malcolm McEnzie with a flightscope. I tried different 3 woods and Mich opened a new program with my wedge. He proposed me to hit lower trajectories (not punches but just playing with the loft of the club) that we controlled on the flightscope. The objective is to play those 100 meters shots with less energy, less work on the ball. Mich hopes also to have softer shots and less spin. It will take time but this session on the range was very convincing.

They had a lot of rain here the last days, fairways and greens are soft. Because they are so fast, balls are spinning a lot and this is a serious issue to deal with. Even if the greens are large, they will put some flags in the corner and we will struggle with the spin!

Reale Seguros Open de España 2012 - Real Golf Club Sevilla
249 59 23-Apr-2012

Sunday, April 29th 2012

Sick since Friday, sore throat, no energy, no legs, no training, bad preparation for Sevilla...

Friday, April 27th 2012

Crossfit everyday with Rich till next Monday when we'll fly to Sevilla. Good course there. I hope also for some sunshine in south of Spain, didjuuu!

Went to Lacoste yesterday, they are refreshing their "club" near the Place Vendôme where Sportsmen and women, artists and Peoples are coming to meet the brand and the new clothing Crocodile trends and designs... Always nice to be there even if we've been washed out in the afternoon by thunderstorms, heavy rains and hail stones. A nightmare on the road... next time I'll take the train!

Lunch at noon with Vince and ol'friend Bobby Low, the Belgian golfing legend in a typical Brussels restaurant. Looking forward...

Monday, April 23rd 2012

OWGR 54 !

Training Week before Sevilla
250 58 17-Apr-2012

Sunday, April 22nd 2012

Beijing Airport. Very happy to finish second at the Volvo China Open. Branden Grace deserves his win, he didn't make any mistake and had a wonderful touch on the greens. I had to put pressure on him from the front nine but couldn't score the birdies. Bloody speed of greens slowing up through the day annoyed me. And when I went more aggressive, like on 10 I was immediately punished by a bogey. My 2 next birdies attempts finished just short of the cup. This was the key 3 holes of the round where I played +1 and Branden -1. From then with 3 or 4 strokes ahead, Grace could cruise till the victory.

From my part, I knew from the 16th that Richard Finch was at -17. I wanted to finish second on my own and -18 was my target. On 17 my putt was perfect and stayed in the hole all time... but it died at the edge of the cup. Then on 18, I was unfortunate to hit the wooden sleepers and my ball bounced to the other side of the fairway and went in the waterhasard. Luckily, I had a shot. Played my second to the right of the fairway to have a third one with a view towards the pin place at the very left of the green, just behind a bunker. Great approach there and then I faced a 2 meter putt, downhill, with 2 lines break. And I made it. Great moment, finishing second.

Played really well all week, extraordinary long game and some good putting, I come back to Europe with good feelings. I had a text from the Tour, I'm 8th now on the Race to Dubai and certainly made a jump on the world ranking. More news about it when I will land tomorrow in Belgium. I maybe can have my best world ranking ever.

I had the pleasure to have 1 Belgian who came specially from Beijing. Thanks Alexis Mannès for your support. Alexis is one of our partner, owner of AMB Broker, who came in China for his business.!

Saturday, April 21st 2012

Quiet day in Tianjin and the scoring was immediately better. A lot of 64 - 65 - 66 today. I had my 66 also, good back nine. I liked my 2nd on 17 and 3rd on 18. Birdie on 12 was a key hole, and birdie on 18 was the cherry on top. No bogeys today, very quiet round, good to play again with Branden, we have the same game. He played quite well today, 64! Tomorrow, 18 more holes...

Friday, April 20th 2012

Played well today, some good putts also, on a cold and windy day! Quite difficult to play in the cold wind and in the fog! By the way, I wonder how it can stay foggy with such a wind!

A better up and down on the last today! Nine under, ok before the week-end...

Thursday, April 19th 2012

So happy with my long game today! If it stays in shape in the next days, there is much more to grab than -4! Not very fortunate after two drives ended unplayable so near to the green, and that chip on 18 that dies in that upslope 5  meters before the pin! No regrets, just pleasant toughs about the quality of my game.

Playing in the morning tomorrow...

Tuesday, April 17th 2012

Binhai Lake is a pretty new golf course designed by the famous Pete Dye. In China, they are so well inspired to choose great golf architects, each course I visit is always a fantastic lay out. With all those golf infrastructures, Chinese golf will attract in the future a lot of players... Enjoyable to play, even if the greens are a bit slow but if the wind blows, this is gonna be a tough track! 7.000 meters, some optical illusions (a trade mark of great architects), I'll need some more study to finalize my strategy. But I'm pretty fast on understanding a golf course and this one is not an exception, it's just a matter of feeling the influence of wind.

Very well organized tournament like always with Volvo and quite a tough field with Hanson, Poulter, Casey, Dyson, the Molinari's fratelli's, Gallacher, Cabrera-Bello or Paul Lawrie, just to name some of them...

Off at 12.15 (6.15 Brussels time) from the 1rst with Casey and Dyson!


Volvo China Open - Tianjin China
251 57 10-Apr-2012

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Run out of steam every day... Not exactly my favorite weather conditions. I can't eat during such round in the heat, it's too hot ... when I would need to. A bit frustrated also with all the mud balls... But my game is still better than what the score is telling (good driving and putting). I'm looking forward to defend my title in China. I don't know the course in Tianjin (different golf club, last year it was in Chengdu, the Luxehills GC) but it's gonna be exciting to remember the good memories for the same tournament organized in a different place.

There's already some buzz over there, I've been contacted to participate at the Opening ceremony, pro-ams and some press conferences. So, distraction at one hand but it's part of the duties that I would like to have more: defending titles! Also good news as Brian and myself have been offered a room for this week! Thanks Volvo, Per Eriksson (the Boss) and Anna Carlsson...

For the belgian flag fans, you'll find a familiar face on top of the driving distance stats. But my team prefers talking about the PPGIR (putt per green in regulation) which is from the beginning of the year my best ever!

Friday, 13 April 2012

Once again played better than the figures show; 2 bad shots on the end and 2 bogeys... It's quite hot and the concentration is difficult, it was 45 min too long for me. Yesterday in the afternoon, it was 1h30 too long... tough conditions for us North Europeans... Of course not everybody has the same ability to play in the moist heat, this week was better than in Singapore (2011) where it was actually even more suffocating. But I keep on climbing the ladder, still 36 holes to catch those South Africans who seem to take this weather like a duck to water !

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Played actually much better than the score will tell, just too many drives off the most tiny fairways ever played. In the first cut of rough, I found three times my ball with mud and had each time bad shots... 54 more holes left to climb the ladder of the ranking!

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

News of the day: I've been qualified through my Race to Dubai ranking after the Masters for ... the Volvo Match Play in Finca Cortesin. Lovely news sended by Vince and received after the pro-am! The other news of the day is the earthquake Tsunami in Indonesia but we didn't feel anything here...

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Well, there we go again, this time in the humid and hot climat of Malaysia. Good thing to have stop at the neighbor Thailand for a week to accomodate the body. And here also in Kuala Lumpur, the internet in the hotel is out of date, impossible to surf. I was looking for seeing some coverage of the Masters and ...nuts!

Played a few holes today, chipped for an hour and a half and putted to get the feel of the greens.

Three important tournaments ahead: Malaysia, Volvo China and Open de España, Next week I defend my title, quite a nice feeling... I come back then to Europe to play in Sevilla and will be pleased to have some Jamon a la Casa Robles o la Vineria San Telmo, Jamon Bellota, delicious...

We are coming into the hart of my season with an important BMW PGA Championship before a long stretch of tournaments with, I hope, three Majors to play, but before that I'll hope for icing on the cake: the Volvo World Match Play! I'll need some more performance...

Maybank Malaysian Open
252 56 26-Mar-2012

Sunday, April 1st 2012

Finished third, with a final 69, bogey free round. I didn't see a putt the whole week, a question of feeling. This course and this resort are quite outstanding. I had a chat with Rocco Forte and confirmed that this is a superb place.

Third place, good for a little jump in the R2D (12th) and OWGR (65th). These points will count in the short term, surely to try to be in the 60 to be directly qualified for the US Open!

Flying Monday to Thaïland, for three weeks in Asia, looking forward to Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, a place where I can play well. Then, jump to China in Tianjin for the Volvo China Open on a new golf course, unfortunately not where I won last year... The Volvo China will be the last tournament to qualify for Finca Cortesin, I will need a win, so the task is clear... Good memories at that Volvo China Open and Volvo match Play!

Saturday, March 31st 2012

Still needed time to find the speed on those greens. They're a bit slower than they look, and the wind had today a lot of influence on them. Talking about wind, it was one of those days where it's seriously blowing. it was Sicily in Scottish mode. I had still some problems to drive in left crosswind, but I remind the 18 at Doral and drove from then much better. But still quite happy of my game...

Great par on 8th with a plugged ball in the right bunker!

Tomorrow, I will need to be better off the tee on those crosswind holes and find the proper speed on the greens. Patience will be also a key, like on every Sunday. 

Great message from Bob Rotella today, he looked at the coverage at Golf Channel and send me some good advices.

Will Boonen beat Cancellara, will another squeeze in for the win at the Ronde? Listen to Karl tomorrow... but keep an eye on the golf...

Friday, March 30th 2012

Never, never got the speed of the greens today. Two bogeys and three strokes lost on the 3 first holes... It was quite cold this morning, the grass responded very specially, it was only 5° outside... It's the kind of round that could have been closed in 5 or 6 under par but unfortunately, the ball never fell in!

Speed or not there's one hole where I'm particularly inspired: the par 3 8th, a gem of a hole. On 9 today, I had surely the longest drive: 330 meters but there again the birdie putt did not drop. But looking at the scoreboard, I'm still in good position, with still 36 holes to go...

This afternoon, surprisingly, Sky came to me to make some commentating "on the air". A new job for me. Always fun to discover the inner side of the European Tour.

As Jérôme flew back to Belgium this afternoon, Vince arrived today with my visa for China and all I need for the next 3 weeks in Asia. So we are still 2 Belgians here !

Thursday, March 29th 2012

A quite 67 to be in touch with the lead. 2 outlined drives on par 5's where I pay the prize (a bogey and a par) but a good comeback in competition. This course is really beautiful, surely the 4 holes along the Mediterranean sea: 8, 9, 17, 18. Beautiful views in a nice inspirational setting. The scoring is in average quite low for a 6.700 meters long, players are hungry!

Tuesday, March 27th 2012

Glad to be on Tour again. Verdura is a great course, but there must be a story with hole N°12. Kyle designed 17 great holes but that long par 3 has to be given a re-modelling. I don't know many players who like long par 3's, too long to be interesting, smart, fine or eye catching. This is only a modern trend but there is no future in par 3 over 180 meters... Short par 3's are really a must in a round of golf, a shot under 140 meters, beautifully shaped, nice to see and difficult to play. Hole No 3 in Royal Le Zoute, is such a gem! And so are the 15th at la Marache (Royal Waterloo). The 4th in Turnberry, the 8th in Troon (Postage Stamp), the 16th in Royal Antwerp, the 3rd in Ravenstein, the 2nd in Keerbergen, 13 and 17 in Sart Tilman, and all par 3's in Spa Royal Fagnes, the club where you can find the best par 3's in Belgium!

Here in Verdura, no much rough but quite long of the tee, but undulating greens and a seaside course where the wind can play a serious role. Greens are unfortunately slow. You need to "brick" your putts. This is quite sad but it's too early in the season to have better greens on the continent!

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Monday, March 26th 2012

Came back from Thailand this week-end, and I'm off now to Palermo for the Sicilian Open. "Den Theuners", Jérôme Theunis, is with me this week. I needed to play in tournament style after two weeks on training. Can't have a month without playing tournaments. Strange calendar, I only played 6 tournaments in 3 months time... For the future of the European Tour, the selection of golf courses will be quite important. This week Verdura Golf Club is a Kyle Phillips (Yaz Links, Kingsbarns) design course, largely inspired by links land. The course in on the Sicilian shore. I'm quite excited to discover that course and the Rocco Forte Hotel. Born in England but from italian origin, Sir Rocco Forte has surely made the best of this project!

My good friend, Raphaël Jacquelin, "The President", won this tournament last year that was held at Donnafugata golf club, I finished 5th with a creditable 68 in the closing round. Looking forward to this tournament also to enjoy some real italian food after being in the States and in Asia the last 6 weeks! Prosciutto, salulmi, fruta di mare, tagliata di bue, pasta olio peperoncino, pesce, buffala com pomodore, fruta fresca...mmmmhhh

Sicilian Open - Verdura Golf club
253 55 15-Mar-2012

Sunday, March 18th 2012

Great country, The land of the Smiles, Thailand is a place full of peace. Quite warm though, played a few rounds at the Banyan Resort, great golf course. If you don't know those "grain" greens you can turn mad. The players who came with Mich are enjoying this place, the quality of the course, the smiles and the food. They only suffer on the greens. Hopefully they are helped by the lady caddies who can be pin point accurate in reading lines and slopes... It's a learning process...

Thursday, March 15th 2012

This week United Fund of Belgium, helping others, giving back!

Deeply touched by what happened to those young children in Switzerland. All my thoughts to the parents and families... Gosh...


Away to Thailand, Hua Hin, in Banyan resort to work with Mich, Blaise, Brian and Vince. Cool, zen and yoga week, before coming back to Europe for a week to play the open in Sicily. Mich took also some belgian players for a golf training.

Training Thailand
254 54 6-Mar-2012

Sunday, March 11th 2012

What a nice finish! 12 holes played in -4, and I missed 1,2 meter on the 16th and my attempts at 13 and 15 were very close... Nice par on 18 also, good to leave that Monster Course with a par.

But what a poor start. Bogeys on the opening hole and the 4th were avoidable, but the one on 6th is unlucky due to a spike mark on my line that deflects a perfect putt! Rub of the green, I accepted it and stayed focused, and it payed off. Good experience, learned a lot and it's my 3rd Top 40 in a row in a WGC.

Monday back to Brussels before joining Brian and Mich in Thailand for a 10 days golf camp. After that, come back on the European Tour in Sicily.

Saturday, March 10th 2012

Was cruising till the 15th tee, I was at -6 till then. One bad iron shot there costs me a bogey and killed my momentum. Birdy lipped out on 16, and was very unfortunate on 17. My drive kicked to the left from the fairway and went just behind a palm. I was stymie, good for another bogey after my 2nd plugged in the bunker. Not in the best frame of mind after those 3 holes, I bogeyed the 18th once again. A bitter end, some regrets also, but we decided with Vince that we stopped to regret anything from 4.00 PM. Tomorrow is a fresh day, just let's concentrate on that 4th round.

Went to the physio, then we chilled in front of the television to view the last holes of that 3rd day.

None of my shirts founded so far, a never ending story, as the hotel send the 6th different person to solve it out. To no avail. They lost them!

Friday, March 9th 2012

I payed my dues to the Blue Monster 18th hole! Double bogey today after a great drive and a nearly great 3 iron from 180 meters with a serious breeze in the teeth. Edge of green, huge bounce left, rolled into the water... My momentum was broken; back to level for the day after 9 holes. A huge drive on the next hole (346 yards) but only a par at the end... By the way the Belgian flag is 2nd in driving distance! Woodland's ball rolled 2 yards over mine...

Good practice session this morning, Mich launched me nicely before leaving on the 12 to catch his flight back to Brussels. Without playing super golf, I'm still there in the middle of the pack. Great birdies on my 2 last holes, always good to finish in style... I played with Thomas Bjorn who did not miss a shot in 2 days.

But what is less stylish is that the Doral laundry lost since Tuesday my 5 Lacoste shirts left and all my socks; so tomorrow Vince will paint Knauf on my right arm with blue color and 2PM on my left arm! First time that this succeed, So tonight we have to find a laundry to clean the shirt I wore today... How can you loose such laundry, how the hell!!!!

Tomorrow with Ozzie John Senden (we call him Sendo), a 2 ball at 10.25. Great game, Brian used to caddy for Sendo!

On Sunday, Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins in the United States ... Summer time starts 2 weeks earlier here than in Europe...

Thursday, March 8th 2012

The story of the day is the wind. During the course of the round, due to that kind of turf I felt that the club couldn't properly make a contact in a steep way. The turf here is very soft and the ball tends to slide to the top of the blade with a higher trajectory. Mich helped me to solve the problem on the practice, just standing closer to the ball. But during the round, I missed actually 3 shots (3-9-18), good for a +1 total. In the middle of the pack.

One thing is sure: the Monster Blue with that kind of wind bears a perfectly chosen name...

Wednesday, March 7th 2012

Practice at 7.00 again, 9 holes from 10 to 18. Quite a windy weather and rain. But the greens are getting firmer and firmer, due to the wind also and they restrict the irrigation. Greens are small here, surely at the back nine: 13, 17, 18.

The 18th hole Blue Monster stays one of the greatest finishing hole on Tour. Surrounded by water and the huge grandstands, it requires a great drive and a second chirurgical shot. Once again the target is narrow and water and sand are everywhere. The left side wind makes it even more difficult. 

There's a lot of buzz here with Rory as N°1 and Tiger recovering his best form. Still so many people around Tiger. Here in the USA, even if they like Rory they would love to see another American dominate the world of golf! For us, seeing the Belgian flag near the others is our pleasure!

Tuesday, March 6th 2012

Mich, Bob Toski and Nico (Quicktime version)

Alternate (You Tube version)

Training at 8.00 on the Blue Monster Course with Mich and Bob Rotella. Bob has a huge experience in golf, as a University prof, he studied also the sport in depth. He knows also stories from behind the scenes and that's the experience that he's delivering to me: confidence, self image, concentrating on the next shot, and so on. everything is explained by stories. And above all, Bob has a wonderful sense of humor, a real tasty mix of Belgian, Jewish and British humor! Vince is in heaven as he's the biggest Rotella fan I know!

What an amazing day! The 9 holes we played together became a half day, with Vince, Mich and Brian we had so many issues to talk with Bob Rotella. So we shared the lunch together and at the end of it, Bob Toski came over. One of the greatest teacher ever, 85 years old. As a player he won the Order of Merit in 1954 with 4 wins that year. Toski is still as entertaining as ever. With Mich, they know each other since Mich participated in some of his golf classes in the 80's and 90's, they went through all the mechanics of the movement, swinging in front of all the terrace in Doral.

But what I won't forget is that Toski and Rotella told me at the end of our meeting and their show on the terrace: "You've got a damned good coach, Nicolas, don't ever think to change!".

WGC Cadillac Doral Resort Miami Florida
255 53 29-Feb-2012

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

The Bears at Jupiter (Florida) is the place to be to practice in the West Palm Beach Region. The 9 holes course and the two short game areas are awesome. The Bears is a private club (quite private) designed by Jack Nicklaus. Florida base for Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy or Dustin Johnson. I'll play this week here with Dustin.

Yesterday, I've met Pierre Relecom who's training here and who's going pretty well. He's playing with other Challenger Tour pro's Sandro Piaget (from the Swiss Watch family based in Monaco) and Nicolas Meitinger (Germany).

Big meeting tomorrow: two days tuition with Bob Rotella. And this week-end, I'll be joined by Mich and Vince before playing the WGC Cadillac at the Blue Monster Course (The Doral resort)!

Training West Palm Beach
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Friday, 23 February 2012

Time to fly to West Palm Beach, for a long week of training. Mich and Dave gave me enough homework. I won't play the Honda Classic, nor the Transitions Championship. My next tournament will be the WGC Cadillac at Doral. During next week, I'll work two days with Bob Rotella and will train at Admiral Cove and at The Bears around Jupiter where I will stay.

Other program issues: Maybank Malaysian Open and Volvo China Open. I won't play the Ballantines in Korea.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Well, I batlled today against a N°2 or 3 in the world that plays at his level of game. Westwood was too strong today. I needed more birdies, he made 7 of them, and less missed shots. But this is quite an experience on a wonderful golfcourse. I had a slow start and he went directly for the pins, Lee deserves his win, and I'm quite happy to have lived those precious moments here in Arizona.

 

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

This is something else! The nature here in Arizona is unbelievable. It is speechless. And in the middle of that Western scenery, a magnificent golfcourse surrounded by mountains and a forest of cactus. I'm quite impressed by the setting the PGA Tour can produce. For a sportman, being part of such events is something very special. This is where you want to be. A monster of a golfcourse in the middle of a beautiful natural site!

There is so much buzz here around that competition, it's really something else. Things you don't see normally: huge tents, buzz on television, police everywhere, press building stories, this is a real world golf championship!

Since Monday, we are working with Dave Stockton on the short game and we have played the course. Dave would like to made some changes on my chipping, he's quite persuasive, up to me now. With Mich, we are finetuning our tools to tackle that course. You know our strategy: make my long game the best it can be! My first match will be very intens, surely with Lee who's a master in ball striking. It's gonna be a big gun match!

This is the longest course played on the world tour: 7.800 yards designed by Jack Nicklaus. It's so long, even long for long hitters, so that shorter hitters with a brillant short game have a great chance to win like the Ogilvie's, Poulter or Luke Donald, winners of the three editions held here at Dove Mountain, Arizona. But on that course, there are a lot of strategic choices to be made from the tee, this is what we gonna decide before Wednesday teeoff, where taking some risks where not...

 

WGC Accenture World Match Play - The Ritz Carlton GC at Dove Mountain, Arizona
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Sunday, 19 Feb 2012

Zaventem! Tucson here I come. It seems that McIlroy will be the man. But the OWGR of Monday 20 Feb will be used, so Westwood might become No 3 again (Source PGATour News, thanks Jan)!

Just one communication: Michel organize a golf training course in Thailand at Brian'place (my caddie who will be there also). Stage from 15 till 24 March, for more info, go through the contact form of this website and you will receive more news. 4 places available. No special golflevel required, great golf experience guaranteed!

Friday, 17 Feb 2012

Yesterday was a long day. Meeting with the belgian media's from 10 AM to 6 PM where I also presented my new partner, the Anahita Resort in Mauritius. Then we invited my father for dinner for his 65th birthday and we made it even longer with a drink later ...

Monday, 13 Feb 2012

64 is the figure. I have my ticket to play the WGC Accenture Match Play. Tucson Arizona, here am I.... Also on the program: 3 days of work with Dave Stockton to check the putting, surely on my uphil putts. I putted brillantly in downhill in Dubai. Because the course is enormously long 7.800 yards!!! I'll take Mich with me to fix my long game like we did in Finca Cortesin. It's a match play championship and against the people I will face, I can't afford to be at 100% on my long game and putting.

The Dubai Desert Classic is a great tournament when the course is set up like it was with super fast and hard greens, immaculate fairways and a thick rough. They did a wonderful job there!



Brussels in between tournaments
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Sunday, 12 Feb 2012

Needed a top 10 this week, that's done! Now will it be enough to be in the top 64? We have to wait Monday afternoon.

Just one regret, the birdie on 17 refused by the hole, like on 10th. My long game and my putting were great this week. Of course I gave a few strokes away, but that's golf. I had an unplayable ball on 8 and went too long on 12.

Well, back to cold Belgium tomorrow, for a week, after two top ten in a row in a good desert swing! Back on track next week-end then where I'll fly to the United States!

Saturday, 11 Feb 2012

Perfect start, birdies on 1-3-5. Bogey on 8. Mud on my ball on 10th for the second shot and couldn't reach the green in 2. Bogey 11. Then the break came at the 13th with that eagle. Goof finish also.

Great display of driving today. I pitched the 17th green with my drive!! Still missed a few opportunities on my uphill putts but birdies at 15 and 17 were quite nice.

I closed the gap a little bit, we will see what tomorrow brings!

Friday, 10 Feb 2012

One day is not the other. Great practice session. From the first green, I went short with my first putt, the story of my round. I'm not happy at all, I assume, even if 3 putts jumped today out of the hole. No excuses, I didn't play well.

A good meal, a good night and two good rounds to go.

Thursday, 9 Feb 2012

Very slow start this morning. I had a bad night, didn't sleep much. Came to the practice where Mich had a lot of work to make me swing in rythm with the right sequence and the good path. Birdie missed on 10 (my first hole), wrong club on 12 that caused a bogey, drive left in the bushes on 13, but I managed to stay patient. And it payed off with birdies on 15 and 16 and and an eagle on 9. At the turn, things looked suddenly better. The momentum was nicely build even if I did not have my A game. Birdied my 10th hole ... but the momentum stopped after I played the best shot of my round on the par 5 3rd  hole. I hitted a beauty of a 3 wood (230 meters uphill), but my ball finished 5 meters from the pin in a salad in the rough. Approach and 2 putts for a par after a great 2nd shot! Mmmmmh

I had then 2 great putts on the 4th to get my par bedfore two difficult par 4's. Nearly holed in one the 7th, and ended with a nice birdie on 9. Even if I didn't touch my driver as well as I can, I managed to swing my irons with a lot of accuracy towards the pins. All in all, a good -6 to start the tournament.

I'm pretty amazed about the scores because the course is really challenging, greens are very fast and the rough is punishing. The overall length is nearly 6.700 meters long, not a gimmie...

Tomorrow is another day, I went to the physio for my back and I'll need a good long night of sleep. Time now for a little shopping ;o)

Great support today from my sponsor 2pm, Quentin. Other Belgians came over like Alban Lammens or "flight captain" Erwan. Thanks buddies.

Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012

Pro-Am day with a great team from DP World, sponsor of the Race to Dubai Final. Important people for the European Tour. Another fine tuning check. We checked also strategies on the course. This Majlis track is beautifully manicured, the best of the Desert track. Greens are slick and the rough is heavy. We had some work to do on the  putting also, Stockton style. It's amazing how the technique is slipping bit by bit, day after day. I still need some coaching certainly when windy conditions tend to impact your posture and your swing.

On the coaching, you know that I'm in good hands, this was confirmed by Fred Couples, but with the speed I generate, everything needs to be pin point accurate.

Tomorrow with Branden Grace and Simon Dyson at 8.00, quite early for freezing Belgians. By the way, we have the same blue sky than in Northern Europe but with 25° above 0! Cheers.

Tuesday, 7 Feb 2012

What a great day thanks to Fred Couples and Midge Trammell, his caddye Girlfriend. Fred is a quite a nice person and the kind of sportman I like. I'm a big fan. He's a prince of the golfswing and a master of the rythm from 100 yards to the flag. I loved his stories and his advices. Tanks to Vince and Rolex for this opportunity!

Check my gallery for the pictures of the day!

Needed a serious up to date on my swing from Michel. The winds in Qatar have made a mess of it. Too quick from the top, some set up and routine work, those basis things, little fine tunings but with enormous consequences. I feel that I'm back in confidence, we'll see tomorrow the confirmation during the Pro-am...

Yesterday, interesting day with Eddy Merckx in the car following the bikers at 50 km/h into the wind. Had a nice chat with Tom Boonen and Philippe Gilbert, cool guys. It refreshed my mind and I must say that Belgians in sport are well known outside Belgium, Eddy Merckx being our King!

Dubai Desert Classic
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Sunday, 5 Feb 2012

I was going for birdies and hey didn't come! I was certainly too gready to shoot rapidly under par, and those two anti-climax bogeys arrived. 3 putts on the 9th. And two more birides to finish in the top 10. File closed.

Tomorrow, Eddy Merckx invites me in his car to follow the bicycle race. A great day ahead, good to forget that Sunday. Eddy is a king and the nicest person on earth!!!!!!

Friday, 3 Feb 2012

It was in the air. Second day has been stopped. It will resume tomorrow morning and the tournament will be reduced to 54 holes. Forecast is a little better tomorrow, but still it will  be gusty. I'm off Saturday at 11.00!

Thursday, 2 Feb 2012

Not an easy day at all, surely for the second part of the round. If I'm hitting the ball very well, I'm not confortable with the greens. They are hard, bumpy, with a lot of sand (of course). I'm a rythmic putter not a hitter. On those greens, it seems that you need to be quite firm and that's not my kind of putting.

Huge winds today with a lot of sand everywhere. Even more wind is forecast for tomorrow. i don't know how Gonzalo and Jason played but they have scored quite well! Tomorrow I'll start in the middle of the storm... José and Monty had a tough day with that weather. Xema started very weel (-5) but did suffer on the back nine.

We have been working on our website taking into account some of your suggestions and I'm delighted that I can present you a new partner, Anahita. I won there the Afrasian Masters in 2010, and was "appointed" as Ambassador of Mauritian golf by the Minister of Tourism. And because I had so much pleasure to come at Anahita for my training this winter, we both decide to become partners. Anahita in Mauritius is my attachment now on the European Tour. We are also making a new golfbag at Anahita's colours. Don't hesitate to have a look at this resort (click here - or via the partners Page); you will see some pictures of that beautiful course designed by Ernie Els. All the practice facilities are beautifully constructed and manicured like you dream it to be !

Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012

Pro-am day, very slow because of a sandy wind. Reminds me the conditions of last year! The weather forecast is not exactly brillant. Gusting winds are forecast from Friday till the end of the tournament.

Tomorrow very early start at 7.00 with Monty and Xema (Tchema = Jose Maria Olazabal).

Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012

It's nice to work with a physical trainer that likes to see you go for a nap in the afternoon! But Richard told me that he prefers to work with strong bodies and fresh minds. Those two first weeks were pretty tiring. Certainly when you're on the lead with all the weight of the tournament on your shoulders. So, some crossfit workouts are ideal, they drains you and washes your brain...

Doha is a particular tournament, one of a kind! Wind plays a major role here and it comes from the side. So, it's quite special, surely for trajectories on long shots. Side wind  is not good for swings, you need to work the ball on each shots. Hopefully Mich will fix me before playing Dubai...

Great trio tomorrow, playing with Olazabal and Montgomerie. Monty is a great personnality very useful for European golf. José is a wonderful person, quite and very perofessionnal. He still suffers from arthtritis and needs a very long warm-up to be able to swing the club like he wants to. They both have a lot of experience and I'm delighted to spend those next days with them. Don't think we are playing together because of the next Ryder Cup, no it's too far away, it's only for television matters. they need some nice games in the morning and in the afternoon.

Commercial Bank Qatar at Doha
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Monday, 29 Jan 2012- Emirates Invitational on Yaz Links

On the European Tour, we have a few charity events, and today it was on Yaz Island on the beautiful course designed by Kyle Philips: Yaz Links. At night, during the gala dinner each pro gave a "souvenir" for an auction. I brought the 64 glove from Fancourt.

Then tonight at midnight, I took a flight to Qatar and joined Richard Vanmeerbeek at the Hotel. His message was clear: tomorrow, early morning crossfit! Gosh, this is a 24h job!

Sunday, 28 January 2012

Good battle today, 68 is a nice way to end a tournament, even if in between, round 2 and 3 were not the ones I like. By the way, 68 is the lower score of the day!

Well played Rockie, this course is really tough under pressure. Woods and McIlroy were in attack mode and they couldn't find the proper momentum to beat you.

Tomorrow I'll play a charity Pro-Am in Abu Dhabi on the Yaz links before flying at midnight to Qatar in Doha. And do you know who will be waiting for me? Richard Vanmeerbeek of course for another physical session.

Friday, 27 January 2012

I don't like friday's! More seriously, I didn't play badly, but you know, it's one of these days where you're not totally in it. I had three bad drives, good for 3 bogeys and also, I get anoyed by a spectator, with those stupid "Ohhhhhh" after my 3rd attempt for birdie on the 4th hole. This course is a serious test of golf, you'll have a winner at -12. Just a reminder of last year winning score: -24! Tomorrow is another day, Jerome needs to leave already tomorrow night, thanks to the strike on Monday in Belgium! We are not all working for the Belgium flag!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Well, well, well, -3 today and it could have been better, 4 or 5 putts had their chance to fall in the hole, like the nearly eagle on 18 (my 9th Hole). Good week so far, always nice to spend a tournament with Jérôme, he is great to distract me from the heat of the competition.

That course is tougher than the other years, it's longer, the fairways are narrower and the rough is really thick. Under the gun you need to be sharp to go for scores in the sixties! Yeah, some were surprised like Martin Kaymer who won this tournament with a record of -24 last year! Played with Joost Luiten en Henrik Stenson. Henrik went all over the place... 6 years ago he made the course record here in Abu Dhabi with 62!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Arrived around 01:00 Tuesday morning and joined Jerôme Theunis who was waiting for me. We played 9 holes and had a nice practice session around the greens. We went both to the gym in the evening, and we celebrated my first appearance in a gym during a tournament.

Very strong field for this tournament, even Tiger is there. I did not see him, he played very early as usual!

Juniors, let me have a word about statistics. They are not important, surely not for the player himself. If they are useful, they are only interesting for the coaches. But a player may not think or play by the stats. His selfesteem, his confidence in certain part of his game may not be influenced by numbers. For example, in 2010, I had better stats in driving distance and was 4th in greens in regulation (now I'm 9th). The reason is that I'm using my 3 wood more often off the tee and this happened when the driving distance was measured on 2 different holes on each round. In reality, my driving is much longer than in 2010. So it's very difficult to have a pertinent judgement looking at stats. Junior have to learn to contact the ball, learn to score, develop their feeling and the variety of their golf shots. Juniors need to be "golf smart" not numbers smart. It's like machines, softwares, flightscopes, etc, twice a year max, good to check also your golfclubs, but nothing will replace the eye of a good coach!

Some statistics for 2011

Number of regular tournaments in 2011: 23

Scoring average: 70,69 (2010: 71,34)

Number of rounds under par: 43 on 77 rounds

Other Tournaments: 4 (World Cup, Vivendi Seve Trophy, Qualification US Open, Anahita Afrasian Masters)

Cuts missed: 5 on 23 tournaments

Best score: 65 (-7) and 64 (-8) qualification US Walton Heath

Number of birdies: more than 300 birdies nearly 4 birdies per round and 9 eagles

Top 10: 5

Win: 1

Top 20: 11

Best place in Race to Dubai: 8th

Best place in OWGR: 69th


HSBC Abu Dhabi
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Sunday, Jan 22nd, 2012

Coming back to the club house, I asked for a Vodka tonic. Now the adrenaline has come down and the frustration also. Honestly, I'm happy with the tournament. A course record and a 4th place in between Major winners... My driving let me down from the 12 and I didn't found the key... On the 18th, I was burned out after walking so far left for my 3rd shot. That shot was a pure beauty, 3 wood followed by an even nice approach. Under the gun that approach was a high quality one. Quite proud of it. Coming to the putt, I had no clue after the putt of Branden, it swung so much to the left. I hit a bit too firmly and you all saw the bogey. But sincerely, no regrets as I did the best I could, the story might have been different if my drive was on the fairway... Let's capitalize on what I lived and learned this week.

Vince gave me some news from Belgium, that you were all hooked on the TV sets. It was my first tounament of the season, I hope for more vibrations in the near future. 

Tomorrow I'l be flying from George to Johannesburg and then to Abu Dhabi arriving Tueday morning. Jérôme Theunis will be there waiting for me for that tournament with quite another strong field.

Saturday, Jan 21st, 2012

One day is not the other. Very tough day to play Fancourt, strong winds and rain. And when the conditions are difficult, I can display my links game with my low drives and stingers. 8 Major winners in the top 10 guarantee some spectacle and suspense tomorrow. The weather forecast is good, even if I prefer some wind, we will have an interesting afternoon.

Tonight, another dinner with The President (Raph Jacquelin) and Texas Tom (Thomas Levet). 

By the way, I did enjoy the eagle on the last. Driver, 8 iron and one putt. I was happy and showed it, after two attempts so nearly missed on 17 and 13. Those 3 last holes are so important, everything can happen, they will play a major role for the victory of the Volvo Champions here at Fancourt.

Friday, Jan 20th, 2012

Ouch! It hurts to have two days so different ! Never really found my rythm today, I was not feeling the ball well and I lost my confidence on several shots to the green, especially a 9 iron from 156 meters that flew over the green.

Regain some rythm after 12 holes and finished honestly, good enough to look forward to the WE. Tomorrow a good game in sight with Thomas Björn at 11:35.

Thursday, Jan 19th, 2012

The Links in Fancourt and the landscape here are quite inspirational: -9 best score ever, best irons game in my life, best team of the world, best training camp ever, best caddy and a course record so near of the South Pole. This is really "classy": a course record at Fancourt during the Volvo Champions. Whatever happen on the next days, I know that what I done during the last weeks were pertinent: keeping working on my strength (my iron game), changing my state of mind on par 4 and par 3 using my strength with irons to go towards the flag, keeping confidence in Dave Stockton's putting, ... 

The last thing to do is to underestimate that great course, it's as beautiful as tough it can get!

Thank you to begin the season together through this website, I wish you some emotions...

Tonight I went for dinner with the President (Raph Jacquelin), we drove the road on the Ocean. What a spectacle! Beautiful views, I called Vincent and Mich, because it was as nice as the clifss in san Diego, specially in Torrey Pines. 

Saw the Twitter of Gary Player and smiled! Appreciate also the quote of Monty on the European Tour website.

Tomorrow, we play in three ball with an amateur, never an easy task in a real tournament, nor for him nor for us. 

But it's just one round, I wish our amateur partner the best of luck in his competition!

Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2012

Fancourt and this part of Africa is really beautiful. George is between Cape Town and Port Elisabeth, we are here on The Garden Route. Even if we are inland, Gary Player designed the course as it would be on the sea shore. In fact, he called the 18 holes "The Links at Fancourt"! Enjoyable design settled in a magical surrounding, but with narrow landing zones. You will need to be quite straight off the tee here or you find trouble.

Nevertheless, I'm confident, Brian was surprised with my game, quite sharp. So now after one month stop, I'l need to recover some competitivity, scoring and rythm. Playing well is one thing, finding the birdies and avoiding the little mistakes is another task than playing well. But I'm quite happy that the season begins, I have now 4 tournaments to find some good roll to climb some places in the World Ranking. Yeah, there are some tournaments in the States that I would like to play this year but I need a better ranking. But this is not as important as the progress in my game that I started a few weeks ago, since Thaïland in preparation of the World Cup. Mich was quite happy last Sunday when we quit our training camp in Anahita and I share his feelings.

Being a better player and a better competitor, that's what all is about... 2012, here I come!

The Volvo Champions at Fancourt
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Tuesday, January 10th 2012

2 days now that I have 2 coaches built like bodyguards... OK, Rome was not built in one day but we are gently improving. We are also very lucky to work here in outstanding conditions and infrastructures. Ernie Els did a wonderful job in Four Season Anahita.

Mich was amazed by the standard of physical training that we achieved in this first week, it's quite promising for the future and the good news is that I will continue some training during the tournaments. This afternoon we went to the course only with our wedges and we played 18 holes from all over the places around the greens. I could tame them on the short game, because this morning my bodyguards overdrove me on the 2nd by 10 meters! Just a reminder: Rich was Belgian stroke play Junior champion, no wonder he also knows the secret of a long drive.

Thanks to internet, I can follow the golf worldwide. Fred Couples has announced his participation at the Dubai Desert Classic, I really would like to have the opportunity to meet the guy during a practice round. Who knows?

Paul Casey was unfortunate and dislocated his shoulder when snowboarding. I know only too well the situation and I send him my best wishes. I know people in Belgium who once again will laugh with this kind of accident. Paul is out for 3 months.

Like always early in the season South African golfers are quite hot. This is for historical reasons. Their season begins always around november. So, they are at their peak already in January. Schwartzel, Oosthuizen, Goosen and Aiken will be serious contenders in the coming weeks.

In Belgium, I remember that we peaked end of July till mid August, playing every day all junior competitions. Because it was end of June and we were not ready, we didn't succeed at the European Team Championship. On the other hand, we also didn't succeed during the International Juniors at Ravenstein, exhausted after having played too much before going back to school in september. These were the old times...

Wednesday, January 4th 2012

To start a new physical program with the european champion of Crossfit, I needed a nice and warm place. Anahita Four Season (Mauritius) was my choice, and it's a success because I'm surviving, even if my body tells me that I'm doing heavy stuff. People here in the resort think that Belgians have strange programs. We don't stay much in the gym, but Rich has prepared quite a lot of exercices ouside on the practice range. Near the putting green, lifting sandbags, doing squats and then directly concentrate on holing putts. Alternate burpees and pumps and chipping is quite demanding for the concentration, but that's what we are also looking for. Richard Vanmeerbeek is my trainer and is on my back till I'm done with all the program and taking care that I'm drinking and having plenty of food after the workouts. In between the program, hopefully we are relaxing on the beautiful golf course here in Anahita or on the beach.


in fact, in our swimsuit, it's quite easy to see who is the golfer and who is the physical trainer, Rich has dark brown short hair ... LoL.


Another member of my beach rescue squad is coming on Sunday. Mich is coming to start a technical program in between the physical sessions. Hopefully, I can find here some litchies, mango's and pineapples to bring me some sweetness... ;o)

Just for the fun:  I'll play this Friday with Ernesto Bartarelli (Alinghi - double winner of the America Cup)!

In fact, I'll love those two weeks. Who wouldn't?

On the 15th, I must be ready to fly to South Africa and to play the Volvo Golf Champions in Fancourt. Oosthuuizen, Schwarzel, Goosen, Aiken, Casey and Karlsson are already as hot as the sand in Anahita at midday. The Volvo Golf champions will the first of 4 tournaments in a row.

Training New season 2012
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Greetings

Back from Mauritius and that wonderful resort of Anahita! I spent so time there with my parents, and I stay a few days here in Brussels before going to Switzerland to witness the first seconds of 2012. On the third of January, I'll fly back to Anahita to start a physical program with Rich Vanmeerbeek. Michel will join us till the 15th, when I will fly to South Africa for my first tournament of the 2012 season: The Volvo Golf Champions in Fancourt, with a restricted field of players.

Then I will travel to the Middle East for 3 consecutive Opens: Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Dubai, aka 'Desert Swing'. I will come back on the 13th of Februari. Then a few more days in Brussels before the States where Vince is pulling a program together blending tournaments and some coaching...


So 2011 is ending, and I would sincerely thank you all for your visits and fidelity, and the large number of encouraging messages. Thanks to you the site records now more 30.000 visits per month !


Merry Christmas to everybody and Happy New Year 2012...


Peace and Love to all of you ...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012
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Sunday, Dec 11th, 2011

It is a good week-end, -8 on the two final days. Looking back, the two first days penalized me a lot. I never found the confidence and the right pace on the greens. I played better and better from tee to green but failed to turn that quality of game into birdies.

At the other hand, we learned, we know exactly what to work. Now we have to take the right decision about how to improve in the coming months. The higher level is quite a big step. Everything needs to be much better, with no weak points at all. That is my next program.

This result is a top 20 to end the season, quite good considering that I was 45th after the 2 first days. Now, looking at my 2010 season it's a big step forward. The next step is even more demanding but as Quiros did this year and Hanson in 2010 when he played the Ryder Cup.

Quiros was impressive during the final weeks of this year's end, moving significantly forward. He will be the next Spaniard Major Champion.

FINAL RANKING OF THE RACE TO DUBAI: 20th with 1.091.504 euros.

This top 20 is a my bonus of the year... I finished 300.000 euros short for the 15th place, I needed a 3rd place here at the Dubai World Championship!

And before to fly to the AfrAsian Masters tonight in Mauritius, I want to salute the extaordinary N°1 od Luke Donald!!

Saturday, Dec 10th, 2011

Finally, I posted a good card. But this 67 is still maculated by some avoidable bogeys and 3 puts four times (2, 3, 6, 17). The one at the 2nd did shake me since I did not understand why the ball didn't enter in the hole.

I'd like to tell you my best shot of the day, on the 16. My drive landed in the bunker 155 meter from the flag. There was a high lip to fly and my feet were higher than the level of the ball. I knew that a 8 iron would be a risk so I somewhat manoeuvred  a 7 iron. The ball landed 2 meters of the pin and stopped at once. The putt was good but it lipped out once again, the fifth of the day! On the 17, I did not find the right pace on the green and three putted. On the 18, a huge drive landed in the middle of the fairway; the distance to the pin was 187 meter uphill. I hit a 5 iron dead in the flag, my ball sitting 2 meters right of the pin. I made the putt, followed by a big roarrr from the Belgians fans where I could see Patrick Renard and Pierre Thomas, my Knauf Partners,  with a nice smile... Thank you guys.

One more round to apply all that I will need next year. I am happy for Mich because his good coaching had not yet been rewarded, it was totally my fault. So, stay tuned for the final round tomorrow...

Friday, Dec 9th, 2011

I don't like to play like I did today. Up and downs, some very good shots and then some disastrous ones. It's very tiring to play like this. Twice three putted also...

But I had also some wonderful shots; on 12, a driver followed by a 7 iron stiff in the pin to cover the 435 meters uphill...

I had a good practice session after, so I'll do everything I can to play my best golf on the 2 last days.

Thursday, Dec 8th, 2011

On the front nine, I was cruising nicely before being distracted on the 10th tee. As a consequence the ball ended in a bush on the right, good for a double bogey... I lost my concentration there and the momentum vanished. Nevertheless, the ball lipped out on 11 for birdie and I needed 2 more holes to recover my concentration. At the end of the day, I don't have the feeling of having made many mistakes and even with 5 birdies I'm level par!

So I have three days left to put red figures on the scoreboard.

Wednesday, Dec 7th, 2011

Another great practice day. We played the last 9 holes today and we already took with Brian a lot of decisions. This course is pretty long (7.000 meters) and you've got no roll on the fairways. But what you get for sure on fairways are ... bunkers! So, the game plan must be very cautious. On three holes, we decided to play low trajectory drives (on hole 3, 10 and 12), some three wood also off the tee and even irons like a 3 iron on hole 15.  The other strategic choice is to play high trajectory shots on the other drives but certainly when attacking the greens. They are extremely hard, so the ball has to drop almost vertically to stop, what requires a high trajectory. It means the use of shorter irons, that's why you need to be long off the tees.

The four last holes are quite difficult; you need to keep some stamina, energy and a clear headed mind to escape all the danger of those holes. The 16th is quite tough; water and bunkers from the tee to an island green. A monster of 444 meters. The 17 is a par 3 with water in front of the green. The closing 18 is the famous signature hole of Greg Norman. Line of play, decisions taking, game plan, length, you find all the drama you can expect from a great golf hole. Sunday the title and the Race to Dubai ranking will be decided hereon 18 ! What you maybe won't see on television is that the hole is  uphill, from tee to green. So are the 12th, 13th and 15th holes. The 14th is the only one downhill till 150 meters off the green.

The confidence is building up, I 'm happy how I can see and feel the holes. After my 9 holes this morning, I had some very quick lunch and another practice session with Mich to consolidate all parts of my game. At 3.00, I decided to finish my preparation and I quit the golf.  It is time now for some rest. Tee off tomorrow at 11.10 Dubai time (8.10 European time).

Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2011

Great day today, and a long one, pro-am, short game session with Mark Roe and arrival of my team. Long game session with Mich, I'm tuned! And at 4.00 PM exhibition for Alexis Mannes and his company AMB Broker - industrial Real Estate. Alexis Mannes takes part at a tournament in Arabian Ranches here in Dubai. This pro-am is included in the calendar of the Mercedes Members Tour organized by Fabrice Masson. More than 80 Belgians are participating at this pro-am with belgian Pro's and they stay to follow the World Championship also!

The heat is building up!

Monday, Dec 5th, 2011

There we are! Didn't sleep much, the plane had to stop in Bangkok, but I arrived safely in Dubai this early morning.

I had time to view a few videos, I liked the nice last round of Greg Havret, mastering the greens in Hong Kong, but overall I was impressed by the way Tiger played this week. There was something different in his behaviour, since the first round. A composure, self confidence and patience retrieved. He was playing golf again with a quiet swing, not the muscle-power swing he played in the last months, the one I witnessed in the beginning of the year in Dubai. It was very clear, on all the footage I saw from the Chevron Championship, that the man has retrieve his centerness. He's not chasing the tournament anymore, but like a real tiger in the nature, he waits patienly building his round step by step, taking controle of it. And during the last round, when I see the eyes and body language of his opponents and caddies, it seemed very clear that he won't let his prey escape...

So Tiger is back, and this is one of the best news for the golf world and our business. The other good news is the quality of field and the intensity present here during the Dubai World Championship! The challenge for 1rst place and the top 15 on the Race to Dubai is quite exciting. Will Luke Donald win both Order of Merit? Will McIlroy, Kaymer or Westwood deny Donald this performance?

And what about me? Well, some have pointed me in the top 15... Why not? I don't know the course yet, I need to discover it and feel if I see all the shots, feel the grass, understand the greens. The key will be the course. Does it suit me, do I feel confortable, can I build the momentum? We will see...

Speaking about some of the players who could do well, Vincent's pick is Paul Casey, Mich liked the swing of Schwartzel and the way Quiros was attacking the course during the World Cup. Donald, McIlroy and Karlsson are in top form, so this tournament will be amazingly intens, like a real Major in the end of the season!

Just now I'm chilling with Greg Havret... I will discover the course tomorrow during the pro-am at 7.15...

Dubai World Championship
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Sunday, Dec 4, 2011

Played very clean but didn't find the momentum on the greens and had too many putts. I didn't neither attack the pins as I preferred to hit as many greens as I could, and I succeeded, tha's what I needed to feel before next week tournament. I tell you this: you could feel, already this week, an enormous amount of tension with the players involved in the Top 15 story. Next week will be thrilling, this is for sure. It will be a real final of the season. Stay tuned!

Mich and Vincent are coming to Dubai. I need to be surrounded by my closest guards, regarding the pression with the Race to Dubai, the press and the spectators. Good news: It seems that more than 100 Belgians will be there. More info next week!

Saturday, Dec 3, 2011

Quite a narrow course from the tee and I score another double bogey... Otherwise, I played 5 birdies what is much better than the average. -1 today, let's finish under par tomorrow for a good preparation before next week!

Friday, Dec 2, 2011

Tough greens, good battle at the end, I was cruising before and after the dubble at the 8. Good to play the week-end..

Thursday, Dec 1, 2011

Not quite happy... I didn't hit enough greens, this is also part of the progress I try to achieve when I'm lining more to the flags. Greens are very fast, with quite a lot of grain on it. Believe me the wind here is swirling and the driving is dangerous. Scores are not great. So I need to hang on...

Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2011

Bye Bye China, and Welcome Hong Kong Golf Cub. Quite an historical club, build in 1889! Not a long course, but narrow and tree lined, you need to be very cautious. Only 2 par 5, and small greens and you understand why Poulter won here last year! Great field once again, McIlroy, Rose, Poulter, Jimenez, Quiros, Harrington, Yang, Molinari, Hanson, McDowell, Manassero...


UBS HongKong Open
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Sunday, Nov 27th, 2011

No miracle. Jérôme was exhausted. At the practice this morning, he told us that his club were weighting 20 kilos each. The long run of such event is physically demanding. From the first shot on the first tee, we suffered as a team because this course ask only good long shots. But we don't need to be disapointed. We learned a lot, we had great satisfaction like after the 1rst and the 3rd day and during all the preparation. In a few month Jérôme upgrated his game like never, we wil keep great memories of this adventure, something we dreamed off as we were juniors. Now like Mich said, for Jérôme, this is quite a rich expérience as a coach to feel once again the requirements of high level golf. There was a huge pression on his shoulders and he succeeds beautifully, and that's what I will remember from this week, so proud of him after that first round played with the Spaniards!

We would like to thank Brian and Bo who battle with us during this week, they have been a great support and we learned a lot from their experience. We would also have never played so well without Mich, the work done during this last 2 weeks will be important for the next tournaments.

Finally, I hope that all our supporters are not disapointed to see our ranking. You know, you have here the best teams in the world, there are no little countries anymore, not through the qualifications anyway. We played Guatemala today who did the 10th score of the day, better than Ireland, italy or South Africa! Cheers to them...

Well, tonight, it will be time to say goodbye to Jérôme and Mich. Next week UBS Hong Kong and then the DubaI World Championship...

Saturday, Nov 26th, 2011

4 under, same score than Spain, England, Denmark or France. Belgium is in good company.

Another better day than the score tells! Yesterday, we payed heavily for only 3 bad shots. Today -4, with 4 or 5 putts who could have fall in, like on 16 where I was on the green with my drive at 6 meters of the hole, the ball looked in the cup and then decided to stay on the fringe. We would have deserved it but that's life... A good Jérôme once again today who keeps playing on a high level. For my part, my game is in shape also, building nicely for the end of the season...

Friday, Nov 25th, 2011

3 bad shots on 3 different holes, a few penalty strokes, on the same holes, for unplayable balls, and you need to play very well on the other holes to keep a decent score. Jérôme started once again strongly, great opening drive. I was more nervous, I don't know why. I needed 3 or 4 holes to cool down. On 6, I play a huge drive and Jérôme had a long shot to the green. He hesitated too long for the first time on the tournament and played his first bad shots. That shot shaken his confidence and quietness and we were very unlucky on 7. Another lost ball on 11, a par 3, caused another double bogey. But believe me or not, the 15 other holes were beautifully played, with 4 birdies and some other ones who could fall in like on 16 - 17 and 18. But this is a very high level of the game. Jérôme, clear headed explained: "The difference between Nicolas and myself is that my misses are much bigger than top european players. On 3 holes I put my ball where they don't go! In fact, that second shot at the 6 is responsible for the 2 others misses. I played 24 holes perfectly and suddenly came that doubt, a shot that I never played before. They bang on it and I played it too carefully. This is experience, this is why they are so good, specially Nicolas who played wonderfully today and sustained me till the 18th. And what we have really to memorize are the three class birdies we played on 9, 12 and 13, after the previous adventures ...".

So, this is not the end of the world, this is only the second round of the World Cup, 2 more to go, and we have still a lot of good shots in the bag! Mich has pumped us to bounce back tomorrow, we will! Good practice session, good food and a great sleep! Stay tuned...

Thursday, Nov 24th, 2011

So proud of Jérôme! He was there from the first drive till the 18th! Only 2 strokes from the 6th place... Great coaching to bring Jérôme to keep his composure, being confident that he has the ball striking now to compete at that level. And he did! Even when I was out of the hole, it happends 2 or 3 times, he played for the team, alone, very strongly. Good birdie at the 9! I have to thank Mich for his knowledge and mental coaching, spot on Mich, and also both caddies who applied perfectly our strategy with Jérôme. Brian and "Bo" can concentrate to do the same for tomorrow!

-5 is a good score, it could have been better, birdie on 16 had to drop, this is our only regret! I had a 3wood for the green but bunkered it and my putt took the hole but didn't drop! The first 9 holes are thight surely with the wind here. -3 after 9 is a great start. My eagle at the 6, in 2 on the green, gave us a good boost after a solid start of 5 pars. Jérôme's birdie at 9 gave us another cushion before playing the second half where, normally, you'll find more birdie opportunities. Birdie on 11, and we were 1 better than the Spanish! They finished in style, and also very noisy (Brian had to tell them to be quieter), with 4 bridies, where we only birdied the 14th!

For the ones, who still do not know who's longer between Quiros and myself, well the winner is definitely Belgian! This file is closed. But lenght doesn't that matter if you're are not closer to the pins. And the Spaniards fired the pins in the last holes. Nice acceleration in the end with 4 birdies in the last five holes... By the way, it was the first time that I played with both of them.

Tomorrow, foursomes. A totally different story, because there are no good sequence in foursome like the 4BBB can produce! Each shot needs to be on the spot. Strategy is important, and we have decided that Jérôme will take the honor on the 1rst tee (odd numbered holes 1-3-5...) and I'll take the even holes. Holes are quite balanced here at Mission hills between odd and even holes. No pertinent difference but we took the decision together with the caddies looking at different second shots where I could take some advantage. 

I can tell you that we're all very happy, relieved also on the quallity of work done in the preparation. We did the right technical and mental decisions. The Belgium flag is proudly there at -5. Of course, the tournament is still very long, but we are into it and I'm quite proud of what we have done! "Twie ketjes van Brussel goe beizig met onze chineze stuut" ;o))

Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2011

The inaugural ceremony is incredible, a dimension never seen in Europe. 2 months now that everybody is rehearsing. It's quite nice to see all the players and the event organizer got together in such an event. And Belgium is part of it! Mich is impressed about all the fuzz here, remembering back in 1992 when he played the event was informal, no comparison... The quality of the field is also different. Mich did a ranking and think that Belgium is worth a 20th place on 28. Twentieth would be a success. And I aggree. We are outsiders. A lot of countries are favorites with 2 world ranked players like South Africa (Schwartzel and Oosthuizen), England (Poulter - Rose), Scotland, USA, Sweden, Spain, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Wales, Holland and Australia for the top 18 teams.

We played the pro-am today. Jerome needed a few holes to get in the rythm. The key will be to open his round with some solid shots. Surely we will be nervous, but we will need to bluff also because the Spanish team will be extrovert and exuberant taking all the space and attention. That's their way to concentrate and tell their opponents: "You're not gonna beat us!"! We, Belgians, are different; we are quieter but we don't need to be impressed by their show. Head up, chest open, we will be physically present, nervous, but positive and ready to go.

Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2011

We played that great course twice. It's a Greg Norman design course. Everything here is huge and beautifully layed up and constructed. They have space, money and the will to reach high standards. This course is something we will maybe never have in Belgium! Finding the land, having the permits and funding the project seems so unfeasible in our country.

The weather is not tremendous but the course is playing a litlle bit shorter than yesterday. Less rain and more wind today. But, I don't know about the forecast...

Mich is quite happy with my game and what we have been working the last weeks. Aiming where I want to go, even on left cutted pins. He explained a new vision on the short game, from scratch. And I'm really into it. My brain understands and accepts the information, and on the course it worked very nicely. Now I have to bring this novelty in tournament which will take some time, but like I said I'm quite into it. I can perfectly work on my trajectories (high, low, mid), the ball's contact is great, and the landing is perfectly soft. Give me a few weeks to work this and I have the feeling that I can progress on that level of the game. Brian is also quite happy of my short game and he's optimistic for the future.

Jérôme is still in good shape. The tension is slightly building up. Mich and Beau (Jérôme's caddy) insist that he stays in the action and not in thinking mode to avoid hesitations or doubts. That's gonna be an important key for him, and Beau will have an important role to play. Beau played in the Irish Junior teams so he knows the game as a player and as a caddy with his experience on Tour.

Quiros - Jimenez. Spain, we'll play Spain! I find it funny playing two of the best European players. For Jérôme it will be one of his best memory as a player, a highlight on his career.


Monday, Nov 21st, 2011

Arrived yesterday night in Hainan. Splendid hotel. Great organization a lot of people at your service. The surroundings here are quite similar to Disneyworld. Everything is fine, red carpet everywhere, islands, nice bridges, gardens, ... Weather is not that good, it's humid and often rainy, a fine rain and the course is soft. Quite a long course, there is a par 5 where I hit Drive, 3 wood, 8 iron. Never happend this year elsewhere... Good for our team, I like long stuff. Jérôme is in good shape, so, two more days to understand the course and make al the strategic decisions in 4BBB and in Foursome. Good to have 3 brains here with Mich giving us his efficient advices...

Omega World Cup Mission Hillas Hainan China
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Friday, Nov 18th, 2011

Great fourball today. In fact Jérôme and me were paired in a foursome against Mich and Brian who played in 4BBB. Mich birdied the last to clinch a square of the match. The swing and the ball hitting are pretty good for the both of us. Today we worked specially on the rythm of playing, also on the routine. Jérôme is trying to play faster in order to avoid any problem on the slow side. Not that easy to adapt but the job is on its way.

This place here is wonderful, great courses around Hua Hin. We played Banyan GC. Thailand is the next place to be for golf. Beautiful surroundings, great weather secured, wonderful food...

Tuesday, Nov 15th, 2011

Finally the Belgian Team is together in Thaïland. For my birthday, Brian and his wife had a little party organized ! We enjoyed it all... Mich, Jérôme, a few caddies and Romain Béchu, we were a few golfers with a few Thaïs friends, a good mix! Tomorrow, work day 1, here begins the preparation for the end of the season.

Monday, Nov 14th, 2011

A few days of sight seeing on Ko Sumai Island, beautiful beaches, super hotel... But even in paradise, I can't wait for my buddies to come over and to start our preparation for the World Cup. Alex Norren called me to join us during the week for some training, so a good program in perspective. I'm really looking forward to these 2 next weeks... But now guys, just have a drink for my birthday.... In Thaïland we'are already Monday 14 now!!!!!!! Yeahhhhhhhhh

Thailand World Cup Training
268 39 8-Nov-2011

Friday, Nov 11th, 2011

Finally 2 birdies on my card after 36 holes. Playing in the morning is much more comfortable but I didn't fully recover from yesterday heath exhaustion. I definitely need more time to adapt myself with such a heath. Ok, this Singapore Open file is now closed. Let's concentrate to the World Cup where Belgium will play in 2 weeks for the first time in nearly 20 years. I will fly now to Thaïland for a good week of practice. Mich and Jerome will arrive on Monday.

Thursday, Nov 10th, 2011

I need more days to get used to the temperatures here. I suffered today a serious heath exhaustion. I thought my blood was about to boil. No concentration, no power, it was impossible for me to play and certainly to perform. Many thanks to Brian for having sustained me 18 holes along with gallons of water, wet towels and shadow. I'll try to find some solutions for tomorrow; I hope that my body and mind will recover after such an experience...

Tuesday, Nov 8th, 2011

I was on the first tee at 6.30 when it began to rain like hell. I could finally start at 10.30 as first tee off. With the warmth, you can imagine the kind of humidity here in Singapore. This is a special tournament with more than 200 players on two course. We play both of them Thursday and Friday and after the cut we play the remaining 36 holes on the famous "The Serapong" Course here in Sentosa GC.

Strong field, with great Asian players and some American stars like Phil Mickelson, Jeff Overton or Anthony Kim. The Tanjong course is rather short, a lot of wedges to the green, that's where I played today. Tomorrow I'll play the Pro-am on The Serapong Course, a modern long course on the harbour, a real gem of 6.700 meters designed 20 years ago by American golf Architect Ronald Fream.

Barclays Singapore Open
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Sunday, Nov 6th, 2011

A good finish with 3 birdies on the last 5 holes. I'm pretty proud of my 3 wood on 18. After having choosed not to drive the green with my 3 wood on 16, I said to Brian on the 18th fairway that we would this time have a go. 210 meters over the water into that spectacular green. Great shot and good birdie there. Overall, I didn't play my best golf today, missing too many greens on the front nine, but looking who's in front of me and who's behind, a top 20 finish for my first WGC is interesting to book. Today, I played with the always nice Aaron Baddeley and KJ Choi, still the king in Asia!

No time to loose, I leave for the airport, my plane is at midnight, arriving in Singapore at 5.00 in the morning...

Saturday, Nov 5th, 2011

When you play in a competition with so many good players, even if you play a good round in -4, you don't jump in the ranking. I will need another good round tomorrow to stay in the top 30. Anyway, the game is there and all the upgrade work in technique, is coming already together. Still a lot to do, we the upgrade is on his way. Promising for the near future...

Will I birdie one par 3 in this tournament? We'll see on Sunday night but it's absolutely not an issue, I don't care... Statistics are made for coaches and for journalists not for players! We are in the process not in the results...

Friday, Nov 4th, 2011

Ik back under the par, 3 shots win today.A good overll game, great putting But still a few poor shots on par 5's where I lost 2 strokes. To be in top 10, you need to avoid poor shots.

You wanna know the surprise of the day? On the fully packed putting green, I heared : "Wat news meneer Colsaerts?" It was Ernie Els... We had a chat together. Quite nice...

My program 2012:

  • Jan 19-22 The Volvo Golf Champions in Fancourt (AFS)
  • Jan 26-29 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Abu Dhabi GC
  • Feb 2-5 CommercialBank Qatar, Doha GC
  • Fev 9-12 Omega Dubaï Championship

My next schedule will depend of my world ranking.

Thursday, Nov 3rd, 2011

Even with that +2, I'm still in the tournament. After the double on 6 (ball in the water), I hit a bad drive on 8 that went out of bounds, the reload was a good one but bounced on a carpath to enventually go also out of bounds. I birdied the hole with the 3rd drive, for a triple bogey. 2 bad shots and 5 strokes lost, painful! But the other shots were quite good and things like on 6 and 8 do not happen twice. So definitely, I'm still in the tournament.

Wednesday, Nov 2nd, 2011

Gosh! From Monday to Tuesday 12 hours flight, a lot of wind, I barely slept 5 hours. When I played my practice round I had a terrible down between holes 6 and 13. When I came back to the hotel, I finally had a good sleep. Today, pro-am day but I am not part of it; players said it was no fun because it rained the whole day...

The course is pretty long, with rough on the sides. But I can nicely drive most of the holes; three 3 wood are required on shorter holes. The course is wet and the forecast is not great, rain everyday...

This tournament is superbly organized, with many people ready to help you everywhere. China is well known for their skills in organization. A very enjoyable attitude for the players!

About the "picks of the week" of the European Tour, they mention on their site Westwood, Schwartzel, Poulter and ... Colsaerts. This is what you can read on the European Tour website:

Finally, we have a player mentioned previously when describing his loss to Ian Poulter in the semi-finals of the Volvo World Match Play earlier this year, it is Belgium?s finest ? Nicolas Colsaerts. Since re-establishing himself on The European Tour in 2010 he has really started to show the form expected of someone with such an illustrious amateur record. Not only has he picked up his first win on The European Tour this season, but it was here in China at the Volvo China Open in April. He has also had four other top tens, a similar number of top 20s, and a debut in the Vivendi Seve Trophy to boot. It has clearly been a fine season, even though he lost two months out with an injury that came after he fell off a scooter riding round Sandwich on the eve of the Open Championship. Since then his form has been solid, but a return to the country of his first win could conjure up some magical memories and see him find the kind of long straight hitting that would make him a formidable challenger for this title.

Let's hope they are really clairvoyant...

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WGC HSBC Shanghai China
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Sunday, Oct 30th, 2011

A long week finishes with a much better feeling than what the score shows. Great day with a lot af good shots thanks to another good practice session in the morning. i know exactly what to work for the coming weeks before my training week in Thailand just before the World Cup. Today, a few drives or 3 woods went erratic, a bit to quick on the rythm. No birdies on the par 5, and playing under par becomes very difficult. And bogeys are inevitable. Today I made less bogeys than Miguel Jimenez and Sergio Garcia, so it means that my overall game was good. I just didn't do enough birdies... Great putting today, a better posture and a smoother stroke. So I'm pretty optimistic for the next tournaments where I will find courses that better suit my game. Nevertheless this Andalucia Masters is a wonderful tournament surely when the sun shines like it did here in Valderrama.

Bye bye sunny Andalucia.  Many Thanks to my Belgian fans: the de Broux family, Van den Heuvel family, Quentin d'Ursel, Phillippe H., Edgar B. and Michel H., Swaelens family, and all the other I don't know by their family name...

Now a flight to Madrid and then from tomorrow morning Zurich and Shanghai...to arrive Tuesday morning at the WGC HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

Saturday, Oct 29th, 2011

Finally, a score under par! 70 my personal best in this tournament! Still one or two steeled by the course but I began to be more effective on my long game. On such a difficult course, the long game is so important, because it helps you to avoid the problems (trees, water, bunkers, deep roughs). 13 greens touched today = better long game. Overnight I had some tips from Mich, and Vince made him come this morning with the first flight. Mich arrived on the 8th hole, happy to see that my game was settle down. Not perfect but much better.

In the afternoon, we had a long practice session to fine tuned every part of my game (alignement of my club face on irons, the right path of my club, the drop of the club to begin the backswing to avoid to come over (outside in)... On the putting green, we had also a Stockton session without Dave, to remember all the elements... Great coaching once again! In fact Vince was not happy letting me fly to Asia not perfectly fine tuned.

So, one more round to go, they are still some places to grab.

Program tonight: A famous Bellotta ham plate, followed by a great Rib Eye (they have some great meat here), an early sleep and we'll see what tomorrow brings!

Today, I had the visit of Christian Swaelens, son of Reginald, the wonderful retired Secretary of Royal Latem and brother of late Donald Swaelens, Belgian golf champion who died in 1974, age 40! Donald was a winner on the European Tour and a fine gentleman himself. Their father was Jules Swaelens, founder of the Belgian PGA. Haaaa, history...


Friday, Oct 28th, 2011

What a fight! A final birdie on 18 gave me the cut here in Valderrama... Gosh what a fight... That course can steele you so many strokes. That swirling wind (Poniente) is so difficult to read. On 2 I had a 9 iron with a flight of 175 meters from a light rough, 35 meters past the hole! On 10 an another 9 iron that went 20 meters pas the hole! I was not the only one to suffer but gosh how is it possible to make twice a double bogey on 7 with 2 good drives!!!!!

That "fly" on the second killed my confidence. What did I wrong???? Will it happend again? yes, it did on 7 and on 10, 4 strokes losed in total... On 11 I had a 2 meters putt for eagle (driver followed by an 8 iron to cover the 500 meters!), but there was more line on that putt than any part in Augusta...The ball didn't even see the hole.

I don't still have the clues of this course, it's so unpredictable, and I made a lot a good shots without any rewards, on behalve of the 18th and the few not perfectly stroked costs me a lot...

I had a lot of Belgian supporters, they suffered also... Nerves, suspense, ... Scoreboards that were telling that the cut was at that moment -6 or -7 and after 16, I was -8... Will they come back tomorrow... It's gonna be unfortunately early ;0)...

But guys, what a birdie on 18!


Thursday, Oct 27th, 2011

What a bad start after a birdie putt on Hole 1. Unlucky on 2nd where my ball didn't spin above the hole and I had an awful chip in downhill, bogey! Then a very bad scoring moment on 5-6-7. The double on 7 was difficult to slick after a beautiful drive! From the 8, I played the rest of the course in -1 with birdie putts refused by the holes on 17 and 18! I was much better in the game. Now, I'll have lunch and as desert I will putt, approach and practice for the rest of the afternoon under the eyewatch of Vince.

Tonight, Japanese dinner with Quentin d'Ursel (2PM) and Paul Van den Heuvel (member in Vanderrama). A nice moment together to cool down after a difficult day...

Cut this week: top 50 and ties

Wednesday, Oct 26th, 2011

Such a difficult course, a lot of irons of the tees, no room for a slight error, immediate punishment, deep rough, a tree, water... Even on fairways you can be penalized by trees... Another issue is to avoid the spin on the greens. The greens are very fast, and when I say very fast, you can beleive me. But with rain, the ball can spin 5 to 10 meters and run off the greens... I need to pay attention particularly at holes 1-2-8-10 and 18. My longest spin ever is on the 10th, last year during this tournament, where the ball spon 5 meters on the green and run then the hill 40 meters!

Starting time tomorow: 9.40 Weather forecat says RAIN... We'll see...

Tuesday, Oct 25th, 2011

Rain, rain rain, cold weather... I hope the weather turns better because this is a great tournament. First, this course is a gem, quite special. Second, the Ryder Cup victory here in 1997 with Seve Ballesteros is historic, the first time the Ryder Cup came on the continent. Third, Felipe Patino, the President (son of founder Jaime Patino) is a wonderful person, intelligent, multilingual, gentleman. Fourth, emotionally for me, it's here that I played the Junior Ryder Cup in 1997, I was 14 years old. 14 years later, I'm here playing an important tournament on the European Tour.

Well honestly, this course is one of the toughest I know. So punishing on each of the 72 shots of the 18 holes!

Even the 8th, one of the shortest hole, you need to hit a perfect 5 iron in the dog leg on a postage stamp and then a wedge on a tiny green! The greens in general are small and slopy. I feel that the trees have grown so much that they cover the fairways. Everybody knows that from the 18th tee, you can't see any part of the fairway... there are a lot of such blind shots in Valderrama. That's why short and straight hitters find it easier than others...

Concentration, awful lot patience, stamina, acceptance (bogeys), clear-headed analysis and steel nerves are needed. It's a real marathon.

Last year we had windy conditions but sunny weather... I didn't made the cut as I was a bit too tired to tackle the course...


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Friday, Oct 21st, 2011

This last week before 2 months on tournaments is quite intens. Wednesday, a great TV show at De Laatste Show. they have a lovely team around Michiel and Sven. Karl was also inspired, Stef Bos is the most sympathetic Dutchman in the world and Buurman made nice tunes. Quality night.

Yesterday, physics and medical day. On my Crossfit program. If you never heard about Crossfit, have a look on the web. Rich Vanmeerbeek (yes, Michel' son) is European Champion. He's in charge of my program and damn, he got me from the first session. "K'was kapot" after an hour. But I'm hooked, next session on Sunday.

At night, I liked the score in Graz...

Today, press lunch and in the afternoon, training with Mich and Jérôme.

Tomorrow, last weekend in Belgium before the 23rd December when I will come back for Christmas.


My program is 2 clicks away in Nicolas - My schedule:

  1. Valderrama Andalucia Masters
  2. WGC HSBC Shangaï
  3. Singapore Open
  4. World Cup Mission Hills China
  5. Hong Kong Open
  6. Dubaï World Championship
  7. AfrAsia Golf Masters at Anahita (Mauritius Island) where I'll defend my title

Even if far away for a while I'll keep you informed


Monday, Oct 17th, 2011

Ok, important week home. Vince has made up a strong program in prevision of the end of the season (physics, medical, press, preparation World Cup,...).


TV Show op VRT "De laatste show" op woensdag!


In between tournaments
272 32 14-Oct-2011

Sunday, Oct 16th, 2011

Finally, mentaly too tired to concentrate the 18 holes. After 7 holes, I was cooked, couldn't pace those greens as I can normally. Dunhill was tiring, Madrid was a long fight and I spend a lot of energy during the two first long days with Harrington. This next week will be important, the batteries need to be fully charged. Coming back at 12 at night from Portugal, I'll had a drink in Antwerp with some good friends. So from Monday 12.00, a new story begins: the important end of this season.

Saturday, Oct 15th, 2011

Ups and downs, ball in water on 17, a bit tired I think... But the bad news is that tomorrow with an early start, we won't be able to see the rugby semi-final between Australia and New Zealand. Brian Nilsson, my caddie, is so disappointed. Sorry Buddy, we'll give it a good go tomorrow. Same start as today, but avoiding those bogeys, surely on 8 and 9 and the water on the other holes...

Friday, Oct 14th, 2011

First of all, all my toughts to my coach Michel Vanmeerbeek, Richard and Brenda, who lost Wednesday their wife and mother.

Better news: Pauline is born, second daughter of Jérôme Theunis and who is the godfather? Yeah it's me, what a pleasure!


Golf now.


Madrid: I finished ok last week, 14th with a 70 and a nice birdie on the last (3 birdies on the last 8).


Portugal Masters : what a beautiful weather, more than 30 degrees, the course is dry, rough not to penalizing. For the two first days, I have a great three ball with Alex Norren and Padraig Harrington. The scoring is hot here at Victoria. Minus four and far from the leaders... 3 more days to go and to climb the ladder of the scoreboard...

After 2 rounds

What a frustrating day! So many good shots and good puts but also 2 mistakes (Hole 2 and 11) and 3 lags too short, good for 3 times 3 putts. I can't remember when I did my last 3 putts. But those greens are so crispy and dry and after 150 players played on them, it was quite difficult to find the right speed. Frustrating also, because we never played in rythm, it was so slow. -7 is not the score I wanted, surely not when you see the way I played! Still 2 rounds to go, 36 chances to win strokes... Don't count me out, I'm an hangry man...

Portugal Masters
273 30 5-Oct-2011

Saturday, Oct 8, 2011

My best card of the week! Two good birdies in the end, but even if I touch a lot of greens, I don' find the keys to the flags to make more birdies. One more chance tomorrow...

Friday, Oct 7, 2011

Windy day, not easy, bogeys were easy! I play a par round with a double bogey. Tomorrow another good three ball with an old friend: Henrik Stenson!

Thursday, Oct 6, 2011

It was really a pleasure to play with John Daly and Peter Hanson. Daly is a nice sweet person and with a driver he knocks it a long way. Unfortunately, I had a sore neck this morning at the training, I didn't drive well today. With the irons, I hit it 1 club further than John and with the driver we have the same length. But it is still very nice to see him swinging. John is cool, maybe too cool...

En Encin is a long and modern course but the greens are very slopy, in fact you need to be on the right part of the green or you next putt is nearly impossible. one green is in fact 3 to 5 litlle greens putted together. Not my favorite design, but of course when you just've left the St Andrews greens, the comparison is quite difficult! Local knowledge is important in those circumstances!

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011

When I received the sms with the starting times from the European Tour, I had a big smile seeing that I was paired with John Daly. This course will suite his game and I'm looking forward to play this 2 rounds here  in El Encin, it's gonna be good fun.

Bankia Madrid Masters
274 29 26-Sep-2011

Tuesday, oct 4, 2011

Quite happy with my finish, I do like the Old Course so much! So genuine, so natural, I have so much pleasure to play that course. Top 10, good for a 13th place at the Race to DubaI and 74th at the OWGR.

I'm arrrived in Madrid yesterday to play the Madrid open and that new course: El Encin golf club...

Saturday, Oct 1, 2011

Very long day (due to the fog in Kingsbarns), too long for me, well for the 2 last holes certainly! Bad second on 17, and another bad one in a divot on 18! 3 expensives shots lost. I was cruising nicely all day long before that, and that's what I will remember for tomorrow. Face to face tomorrow, no amateurs anymore, on that good Old St Andrews. My hotel is within a sandwedge reach of the 1st tee, the Club-House and the 18th green. Great view from here, this atmosfere is quite enjoyable. Sunday starting time: 11.31 european time with Jamie Donaldson and Danny Willett from the first tee.

Thursday, Sep 29th, 2011

A good finish after a struggle hole at the 6th (my 15th hole). I drove in the Hogan Allay but find the famous bunker there. Out of the bunker, 3 wood over the green, diificult approach and 2 putts... After 4 or 5 holes, the wind began seriously to blow, and Carnoustie showed his teeth...

Even after a great start, I feel ok with that -2. Tomorrow, St Andrews, one of my favorite, and Saturday Kingsbarns...

Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2011

Played yesterday in Carnoustie, and today in St Andrews. The Mecca of golf. The city, the club house and those 18 holes, pure spirit, huge pleasure. I Drove in the Valley of Sin and 2 putted from there to win our match against Jacquelin - Gonnet. Never been beaten by frenchies when paired with Havret ;o)! Tomorrow we'll play the revenge in Kingsbarns...


It's beautiful weather here, sunny and warm, lovely to play!

Monday, Sep 26th, 2011

Arrived in Gleneagles (Collearn manor) on Friday. I like the athmosphere of those huge valleys of this part of Scotland. Quite and natural surroundings with wide panorama's. Ready to play those 3 wonderfull courses. You know that my favorite is St Andrews, I love the place. Carnoustie is a great test, tough par 4's and a very strong finish. Winds here decide how you play the courses. The third golf we play is Kingsbarns, I prefer the 2 old ones. Links golf is something special, with low trajectories, inventive short game and wide greens where lag has a prime role. I phoned Barry Lane to practice on those courses. Always good to play and watch the fast hands of that good old Barry, so strong on the senior Tour now. Another proof that hands are the keys of competitive golf!


But beside golf, life is rolling, all my toughts are going to Mich and his family for the very difficult moments they are living!

Dunhill Links Championship 29 Sept - 2 Oct
275 28 13-Sep-2011
Watch the pictures of this tournament

Sunday, Sep 18th, 2011

What a great day! I lived the most intens moments of my life as a pro player. What a pression, playing in front of the crowd and the British Players... I enjoyed to halve the match on the 18. That kind of format is the paroxism of golf, I really loved that athmosphere and that's why, on Sunday, I made that par birdie par eagle par finish!


Today back in Royal Zoute for a 2PM (Portfolio Management) day. The weather is just fantastic. Tomorrow, some filming with Patrick De Lange and Carl Vanieuwkerke and Wednesday a Knauf day. On Friday back to business, I'll fly to Edinburgh for a few days at Gleneagles before going to St Andrews and play with Barry Lane the three courses.

Saturday Sep 17th, 2011

Long and frustrating day! With the kind of game I display, there's no way I can loose my two matches, but that's life in match play. Nevertheless I learned a lot in this team format! Now I just hope to play a big gun tomorrow in the early matches.

Tonight, there's a memory event for Seve Ballesteros... spirit...spirit... spirit

Attention tomorrow early starts because the weather forecast in the afternoon is not brillant!

I'll play at 9.35 against David Horsey! A great match because David is the best putter of the tournament and The Captain Jean van de Velde needs 5 points out of the 6 first players as the Continent will need 8 points out of 10!!! Miracles can happen in sport...


Friday Sep 16th, 2011

And a WIN! Great day for the Continent, we are coming back. A very efficient Matteo Manassero today, with early birdies 1 and 3? Our opponents fought hardly with a stretch of 4 birdies but we kept our composure and won 2 up at the 18. 11 birdies in 2 days here at St Nom La Bretèche. My scoring is fantastic with a lovely putting touch. Europe is back for the 8 points tomorrow...

Thursday Sep 15th, 2011

Lovely athmosphere here in St Nom la Breteche, I just like it very much, this team spirit is something that's thrilling me. Yes we lost on the last hole but that's because of our shaky start. It's my first team tournament, I was a little nervous and needed 4 holes to be totally relaxed. Then I get quite aggressive with 6 birdies and 4 holes won. I'm very happy with my game, it's much better than in Hilversum. My Monday session with Mich Vanmeerbeek was very important, he sets everything in the right shape, irons and driving! We decided to move to the Callaway driver blue shaft. St Nom is long and I needed that length to have a advantage on par 5's...

This week I will play better and better... I'm really looking forward too!

Tomorrow with Matteo at 12.05 against Ross Fisher and Scott Jamieson in 4BBB...

Tuesday Sep 13th, 2011

Late arrival yesterday in Versailles after a nice day with Softimat, the company of Bernard Lescot who invited the Business Club of the Léo Hockey Club. We played 9 holes together at Ravenstein, followed by a conference around golf before finishing with a cocktail and a dinner. Great fun to be in that sport athmosphere!

Then I went straight away to Paris because this morning another team event has started. It's funny because yesterday with the Léo Club we spoke about what the hockey has brought to me. The pleasure and chemistry of being part of a team and how you have to behave to make the team better than the sum of individuals is something that I learned in my hockey years. I always missed the team events, that's why I wanted so much to be part of the Seve Trophy.

Heavy program today with a practice round, a rules meeting, an organization meeting and a dinner together tonight.

But one thing is sure, I'm thrilled!

Vivendi Seve Trophy - St Nom la Bretèche 15 - 18 Sept
276 27 5-Sep-2011

Sunday Sep 11th, 2011

Tired! Those 3 first days cost me a lot of energy. It was a tough come back! I felt out of gas today. Wake up at 6 every day, playing in the rain on wet soil every day, being paired with Olazabal for the first two days have been very demanding...

Tomorrow, I'll spend my day with my partner SOFTIMAT who invited the Léopold Business Club (Hockey - tennis). Then I drive straight to Paris because the Captains want their players present the Monday night, I'll be there but a bit late...

Raphaël Jacquelin entered in the Team because Alvaro Quiros has sustained wrist's injury and the presence of a Frenchman will be important to have as many crowd as we can to have a nice tournament. For my part, Raph will be a great partner in foursome, I hope to be paired with, with all the Frenchies around it can be fun!

Saturday Sep 10th, 2011

Quite another long day, but with a cut in the pocket at -1! Then I had 8 sloppy holes from 9 till 16 with 4 bogeys and 1 birdie. But my last 10 holes were very strong despite not many putts dropped for birdies! So I'm pretty happy overall of my game. Starting time tomorrow: 8.40 AM from the 9th again!

Friday Sep 9th, 2011

Okay, 8 more holes to go... Long game better and better, putting also... We'll see tomorrow what a zaterdag will bring. Weatherforcast is great, let's have a full day of golf then...

Thursday Sep 8th, 2011

Well, first of all, how unlucky are our Holland's friends with the weather! Congrats, and even more congrats, for the greenkeeping staff and the organizers under the leading of Daan Slooter! I wish them nicer days to finish in beauty, they have organized quite a impressive Open.

What a long day with all the delays... Not easy for me as I was nervous at the start wondering what kind of game I would display. The chips and the short putts were not too accurate, so were also the shots with the left sidewind... But thanks to a nice finish, 4 meters putt for par at the 7 (my 17th hole) and a birdie at the last gave me a par in total. I take it.

Tomorrow I will surely play very late with this first round finishing Friday in the morning. Another very long day, but it's like this, I know that life on Tour in never easy, never!

Wesdnesday Sep 7th, 2011

This Hilversum track is playing very long! Over 6300 meters par 70 and a very soft course due to very heavy rain! Due to the fact that the course is waterlogged, the Pro-Am will be limited to 9 holes.

Today I have a nice surprise, I play the Pro-Am with my sponsor KNAUF. Lothar Knauf, Serge Azaïs and Patrick Renard will be my partners. The sun is shining this morning over Hilversum, it's gonna be nice playing even if a fresh breeze is still present.

Tomorrow Chema Olazabal will make me a visit for 36 holes. We have been in contact during this summer and I think that he wants to know my game better and maybe understand with whom I can be paired with during the Seve Trophy... I'm delighted to play with him! he's a legend...

Tuesday Sep 6th, 2011

I have received the confirmation today at 6:00 am, I am officially invited to enter the Vivendi Seve Trophy. Needless to say that I am very happy of it. Representing the Continental golf against the best players from Great Britain & Ireland is very motivating!


Back on track

Finally, I'm back on Tour. Tomorrow 8.00 AM on course to play the practice round. Brian is thrilled to be on duty again and Jérôme is with me this week as long as his wife doen't give birth to their second child! Youpieee...

The team is ready, everybody is in good shape, so am I, even if I get a little nervous. 8 week after the accident, it's hard to kow the level of the game I will be able to produce. I don't think about my arm anymore, this is really past now, it's just a matter of getting the rythm of the competition and the scoring mode.

Tomorrow, the Vivendi Seve Trophy team will be announced, I think I still make a good chance, one of the other continental player, like Robert Karlsson, can choose for the Fedex Cup on the PGA Tour. But, we will see, there's nothing I can do to change that situation. In any case I will be in St Nom la Bretèche to support the team. I've been in close contact with Chema (nick name of Jose Maria) Olazabal and Jean Van de Velde during these 3 last weeks. I feel that my place will be in Paris even if it's on the Captain's golfcar! I have so good memories of that track where the Trophée Lancôme was held till 2003. I finished 5th when Retief Goosen won. In fact I played the last shot of the Trophée Lancôme, a 5 iron into that 18th par 3, straight to the flag, good for a par. I was sharing the last game with Retief and Paul McGinley.

KLM Open Hilversum 8 - 11 Sept
277 26 19-Aug-2011

Swinging in the rain

I'm playing again. No problem at all. Lieven and Blaise have done a great job. This week's program: working physically in the morning and playing golf in the afternoon. Next week, I'll fly to Los Angeles to work with Dave Stockton and to play some golf over there. I'll come back for my return on the European Tour on Tuesday  September 5 in Hilversum at the KLM.

Last week I caddied for Patrick Brose at the Flory Van Donck Challenge. Royal Latem, called during his first 70 years "Les Buttes Blanches", is a lovely course where you need to keep the ball in play and be patient to seize the numerous opportunities... The guys didn't score to well, scoring is never easy! Royal Latem is a great old course, beautiful setting, nice people, wonderful clubhouse, I like the place!

Next week in Ravenstein, Juniors International tournament, great event for the Belgian Juniors just before going back to school. Last time I played it, in 2000, I made the course record with 65 (the same day that Josè Filippe Lima) and lost in the semi's. The other semi loser was ... Graeme McDowell! This is the only amateur international organized in Belgium! Well done Anne and Charles Marien.




Back in the game
278 25 26-Jul-2011

Evolution is pretty good - Friday August 5th

All the doctors and physio's are pretty confortable and happy with the evolution of my radius crack. I go to Blaise and Lieven 4 times a week and I have already made some putts and some short game. But I really have to wait August 12 for my last X-Ray control before I can receive the green light I'm waiting for to hit the first long shots!

My first tournament will be the KLM Open, at the beginning of September. I've planned a trip to the States to meet Dave Stockton and play some golf over there.

It's time that I can fly to the Tour again because days are quite long without playing golf. Time is what I have plenty of now. Time to celebrate Vincent 50th birthday and to live in a magic corner of Flanders at the Royal Zoute Golf Club. Great atmosphere there...

Time also to look at the program and the calendar. it's quite clear till mid december! 12 to 13 tournaments yet to play, enough to recover a place high on the rankings. Even if I'm still well placed for the Vivendi ranking, 2 or 3 motivated continental players will be delighted to jump over me till Crans-Montana. Bjorn, Manassero, Jacquelin, Larrazabal, Hanson or Dodo Molinari won't hesitate to kick me off the ranking. They better do now, because I'll be pretty motivated to climb back at the top later in the year. Of course I will certainly need a few tournaments to get back in shape, but let's say in November in Asia. Yeahh I have a good feeling over the end of the year.

I'm thrilled to play the World Cup with Jérôme. His preparation program is well balanced, a mix of tournaments trainings and training courses. We have given him 2 weeks off at the end of September because he and Vanessa will be the happy parents of a second little girl. Good shot Djay! This is what we call "Spirit" and "Timing"!

Revalidation on his way

With Blaise Erpicum and Lieven Maesschalk, the revalidation process has started, very lightly till the bone is perfectly healed. We are waiting therefore the green light of a X-ray control.


During the Omnium, Jérôme did well with 77-72-71-70, for his first tournament this year. More to come on his calendar.



Some news
279 24 22-Jul-2011

Belgium will participate in the World Cup!

As having a top 100 player and being therefore in the 18 first ranked countries in the world, Belgium and the PGA of Belgium may take part in the World Cup in November in China. For that big event (7.500.000$) with teams of 2 players, the top ranked player may choose his partner (because there's no other Belgian in the Top 500 OWGR). So it was my choice and very naturally I went for Jérôme Theunis. This is the fulfilment of an old dream we had together.

We're gonna take it very seriously as Michel Vanmeerbeek has put for Jérôme a strong training program together. This began a few months ago with some drastic swing changes. Since then, Jérôme has been driving the ball as better as he ever did. Long and straight, what he confesses was his weekest point in his pro career. He admits also that his irons game is also much sharper. Yesterday he shot 77 at the Omnium with quite a few iron shots flying over the greens!

Now, Jérôme has to train to score again in competition. Short game and putting will have to be in scoring mode, but that is his speciality! A great challenge for him anf for us. I like that.

Link to PGA of Belgium news:

http://www.pga.be/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=96&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=30



World Cup Mission Hills China 24 Nov - 27 Nov
280 23 19-Jul-2011

Injury changes Tournament schedules

Back from Royal St George's, I went to show my elbow in radiography. The outcome is that my radius is cracked near the radial head. No displacement, no articulation injured, only a crack to be healed. It's gonna take 4 weeks at rest with already some physio sessions scheduled on next week. Blaise Erpicum and Lieven Maesschalk are in charge of my revalidation. With 2 weeks of intense training after the bone healing (attested by a X Ray), I will make my come back on the European Tour.

This is the reason why I had to withdraw from the Irish, the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA. Not the happiest move!


But there are two good news. First of all, my moral is great. I am handling the situation with a lot of optimism. Such an injury occures in every sportman's life. It's my turn.

The second good news is that Belgium will participates at the World Cup in Mission Hills (China) at the end of November. The PGA of Belgium will announce the team in the coming hours...


Statement injury July 19th
281 22 11-Jul-2011

Friday, July 15th

Healing time, elbow and soul. Like Brian (my caddy) said to Vince: "Part 1 is over with a win in China and two 3rd places in World Match Play and Scotland. Part 2 in 12 days, watch that space..."

Some time now to spend with the members of the band: Bénédicte Toumpsin, Thomas Detry, Romain Béchu... Up to them to play some good music on the greens...


Thursday, July 14th 

It's over! We tried everything and must thank Dale Richardson and his team and Blaise Erpicum. We are maybe 1 day short... But the pain tells me that my arm wants me to take some rest to completely recover. This week was marked by misfortune but destiny owns me something. That's for sure...

I leave Royal St George without having played one single hole this week. It is very very frustrating.

I need to focus on the next tournament and there's one more Major to come.

My program is now: Irish Open, WGC Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA before some rest after coming back from the States.

Wednesday, July 13th

Even if the situation gets better hour after hour, I will wait my practice session Thursday around midday to make the final decision. It's a question of hours, the more I wait the better my elbow will be. I received the green light from the doctor and the physio's. Even if I play, it won't worsten the situation, that's what they say. It's important! But honestly, I can't go and play only for 5 holes. I'll take the decision on playing, only if I feel that I can display a decent game for 72 holes. With that kind of wind, the course will be tough to play and to score. The par will be an excellent score.


We did sincerely all we can to be fit, we shall see...


Tuesday, July 12th

Speaking of being unlucky, I fell yesterday on my right elbow (on a scooter with my father, I was standing still, grrrr). As a result I can't bend or stretch my elbow anymore. I went at 6.00 in the morning to the course (I had a practice round at 7.00 with Bubba Watson) but was unable to swing the club. So, I went to the doctor and to the physio unit. The elbow is swollen but nothing very  serious, said the doctor, only that the choc was badly placed. It will need time and treatment to recover. The doctor is optimistic, so is the physiotherapist. It's advised that I don't play tomorrow to give me as much chances as possible for my Thursday 2.54 PM start.
I must say that I don't like that story at all, surely after being so well last week. I arrived here with a lot of confidence and now I'm just spending some times on the putting green, putting with the left hand.


I went to pace 8 holes on the course; it's very windy out there and the course seems playing very hard, the rough is also much more thicker than in June when I came for a practice round. With such a wind, Par will be a good score.


Monday, July 11th

STARTING TIME Thursday: 14.54 with JB Holmes (USA) and SM BAE (Korea)

Friday: 9.53 AM

Never played so late in my life, I wonder how the greens will be so late in the afternoon.


Tuesday, I have a practice time at 7.00. (NEW Practice Time).


We live in a cottage near Ash, very oldstyle and cosy, in the middle of the fields and woods. A silent and restful place we share with the birds and 4 horses who live in the property. I'm here with the family: Mam (cooking) and Dad (cooking aid), Vince, Mich and Phil (Nikon Toison).


71th at the World Ranking, 8th at the Race to Dubaï...


Cheers to Flanders today! Santeï...

The Open - Royal St Georges GC
282 21 5-Jul-2011

Sunday, July 10th.

Great flight to prepare next week, don't you think? I had a lot of pleasure today, surely ending with that birdie on the 18th...

Luke Donald played some super golf, great stuff, yes sure, he's N°1 in the world. But, it is not accident if he's N°1; very quiet and concentrate player.

Nevertheless, I have one story. Angel Cabrera was caddied by Tony Navarro, former caddy of Greg Norman and Adam Scott. We spoke together and I had to explain him where Belgium was on earth. He didn't figure it out but he told me that "I don't know where it is, but I'm sure it must be a nice country"! Funny no? Tony told me after the round that  he was impressed by my game and ... "there's more to come", he said with wink of an eye...

Third place is always good, certainly for the confidence before a Major... I did not waste much energy, cruising nicely, hitting 16 greens and leaving my scoring card wihtout any bogey today. On the Race to Dubai, I made also a jump to the 8th place. 

So tomorrow, flight Inverness to Gatwick, where my team will pick me up to rally the Open in Royal St Georges.


Saturday, July 9th

So sorry for Castle Stuart and all the Scottish fans: the tournament will be played on 54 holes, 3rd round on Sunday!

This venue deserves nice weather sinceit is a fantastic golf course run by so nice people!

Now, let's have a thrilling sprint on Sunday!

The course has been damaged by heavy rain, and this Saturday afternoon, it's still raining. How can you be that unlucky? The Barclays Scottish Open needs some luck now, they do deserve it.

Friday, July 8th

Without wind, this course, like all linkstracks, becomes scorable. That's what we did this morning. I finished my first 9 holes with an eagle (from 10 to 18) and then made another 4 birdies and 2 bogeys. Well I'm happy there at -9. Links course is such a pleasure to play, I like to stinger on the fairways (didn't play many drives) and I like also to use my putter outside the greens. I have a good feeling on long putts, the ones we call "lag putts". A lot of good players at the top of the leaderboard, it's a great tournament and I'm looking forward to the week-end!

Thursday, July 7th

Slow start but stayed patient and had some good birdies in the back nine. Lovely course, really. Early start tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 5th

What a night. I flew Monday afternoon from Brussels but got stuck in Manchester with my flight to Inverness ... cancelled. Then we had to think quick and make a decision... With Vince in Brussels, we chose a flight to Glasgow and get some help from Anne Emsens because, living in Gleneagles, she's got some local knowledge. She found a smart cab driver from Glasgow Airport to Inverness (3,5 hours driving direction North). I arrived in the middle of night but did not have to drive. A short night, but in the morning I could have a practice round on that Fabulous Castle Stuart course. In the afternoon, I had a TV coverage of the European Tour. They filmed my drives from an helicopter. So stay tuned on th European Tour website.


Castle Stuart is a gem. Pure genuine links beauty. As good as Renaissance and I like it more than Kingsbarns. The course is superbly designed, the par 3's are fantastic. Don't miss it on television, it's worth while! Golf Designers: Mark Parsinen (also developper and designer in Kingsbarns) and Gilbert Hanse. They are from the US... (http://www.hansegolfdesign.com/philosophy.htm)


Barclays Scottish Open
283 20 29-Jun-2011

       Pictures available in the Gallery

Sunday, July 3rd

This round was not bad. I had many birdy opportunities but could not hole them. I found costly the water on the 18th. But before that I had putted for birdy on the 15, 16 and 17. At no avail. 

I am just out the top 10. Had anyone told me before the tournament that I would end at the eleventh place, I would have signed with both hands! The Golf National is a nice course but I always had difficulties to handle it successfully.

I am very happy that Thomas (Levet) won the tournament in very difficult conditions. A nice guy who really deserves it. 


Saturday, July 2nd

A so so round, so good after 14 and then 3 bad shots to the green and 3 bad bogeys! My fault... But despite those 6 bogeys on my card, I am still in the top 10. Tomorrow there will be a good chance to pick since the finish here can make some serious damage to anybody...

Friday, July 1st

Each day is not the same! Yesterday, I was cruising so nicely, hitting one good shot after the other. Today is another story... 2 poor iron shots on the 2nd and the 4th, sanctioned by two bogeys. At the other hand, I still have a hard times on the greens. Can't find the speed and the lines on those surfaces.

Unfortunately, Matteo struggled on the 15th and we lost 1 straight hole. The referees came to us and we were on the clock. As I'm a fast player this annoyed me when I received a warning on the tee of the 16th, because I took too much time for my tee shot... I don't like to be warned, even once, as I'm one of the fastest on Tour.

Nevertheless I ended strongly after the shaky 4 (my 13th hole) with birdie at the 5 (great 2nd shot) and three good pars at the 6th, 7th and 8th (chip and putt each time). But icing on the cake came on the 18th (hole 9), a hole where I have no good memories, with a birdie thanks to a great 3rd shot (lob of 40 meters) and a 2 meter putt. So today, my short game did help my scoring at the right moment!

This afternoon: autograph session at the Lacoste shop with R. Jacquelin, G. Havret and JB Gonnet.

Today also, I had numerous Belgian supporters from Waterloo, Ravenstein, Rigenée, etc...


Thursday, June 30th

Great rythm today, I found it hitting 3 woods on the range this morning... I'm really happy of my long game, I played very solidly, made some nice birdies but couldn't really find the right speed on the greens. The greens are blooming and in the afternoon, balls are jumping...


But at -2 I am in the top 20, in the hunt waiting for some success on the greens... ok, do not count your chickens before they have hatched as they say...


I crossed a lot of Belgian supporters from Waterloo, Rigenée and 7 Fontaines.


For those who are interested, the entrance is free if you show your Mastercard. Some Belgians entered freely showing their Federal card! So there you have 2 good tips!

Wednesday, June 29th

1st round with Matteo Manassero and Greg Havret at 13.00 from the first tee. A nice perspective, both of them are good friends of mine, I'm looking forward to it!


On Tuesday I played the Rolex Pro-Am with some nice personnalities like Jean-Noël Bioul (Rolex worldwide sponsoring), Frank Riboud (Danone and member of the board of Rolex and Lacoste) and his son Hugo, a lovely 10 years old junior with a great swing and a fast club.


Today a great practice session, I tested a new Callaway driver. The one from China broke in Spain just after I came back from China, and since then I couldn't find the same flights with the other ones (copies). So we kept searching and I found a good feeling with a Callaway driver UST Mamiya 7X VST Proforce shaft with a Razr Head 9,5� head! But I won't use it yet here in Paris, I only hit 4 drives... The Ping Rapture stays in the bag so far.


Some holes are longer like the 7th, with 30 meters added, it's a very tough hole now!


Alstom Open de France
284 19 22-Jun-2011

Paris, Sunday June 26th - Monday June 27th

Monday menu: test new drivers, Check the greens, the sand in bunkers, fine tuning overall...

Tomorrow the Rolex Pro-Am at 12.30 in exotic warmth!

Charity Event - World Record - 7 rounds of golf in 7 countries in 24h !

To raise money for clows in hospital (www.ziekenhuisclowns.be), 4 young belgian players from mainly Damme GCC will try a new world golf record in playing 7 rounds of golf in 7 different countries in 24hours. For more infos: www.worldgolfrecord.be. Good luck guys!


Sart Tilman, Wednesday June 22nd

It's always a pleasure to come back to that old track of Sart Tilman with his fast greens. Knauf invited 25 persons for a special day. We had a nice practice session where we talked about the swing and ball flights. Thereafter lunch with the invitees who wanted to know more about the US open. The tent-club house is quite amazing and everybody here is looking forward to the new club house. Some rain in the afternoon but the pleasure to play dryed everything very quickly. Nice to have some shots with two old buddies Patrick Renard and Pierre Thomas and also the President Lothar Knauf and Serge Azaïs, Dir. Europe Knauf.



Between US Open and Alstom Open de France
285 18 12-Jun-2011

Saturday and Sunday, June 18 - 19th

A short night to clean the frustration of my game, and we headed for the Club where we trained. On Sunday, we had a long session with Dave Stockton on the putting green and we talked a lot after, to make a useful feedback of the tournament.

Speaking about feedback, the excellence of the game of Rory displayed at Congressionnal is bluffing. He managed it perfectly after his experience at the Masters. The way he played is unbelievable. What a quality of swing and shots showed during the 4 days. He kept his nerves like no one, this is like Tiger Woods at his best! Chapeau Rory!


Friday, June 17th

Ok, out! I had my chances but the wheel was going square. Great course though, I enjoyed Congressionnal very much, a super track, but I did not enjoy the way I played... I need more experiences to feel those tournaments better.

My long game was really solid during the second round but my scoring was not acute enough. I payed the prize!

I'll stay here a few more days to use the excellent practice facilities...

Thursday, June 16th

Disappointed, very disappointed, I drove badly, putted very well but no more putt dropped after the birdie at the 10th (my first hole). 

Bogeys at 6 and 7 killed me, just lost my patience after 13 holes without a birdie. I left the 18th hole mad and angry.

I had a good session after and can't wait for a revenge here at Congressionnal. After my practice session, I cooled down and now I'll go for a round under par... but at Congressionnal, you never know... Cut is 60 players and Ties + everybody within 10 shots of the leader.


Wednesday, June 15th

Hey did you see the Rolex Watch on the site? I love that great partnership with the Swiss Timeless Luxury watches and I would therefore salute Jean-Noël Bioul, head of the Rolex sponsoring management, for his sincere friendship.


On the site you can also see the Sporza reportage and enjoy as much as I did the quality of the work of the team of Karl Vanieuwkerke, a great job in TVshow, well done Karl!


I had today also a nice communication with Claude Quenneville from Radio Canada around this 111th US Open, to hear tomorrow on this site!


I played 9 holes today, from the 10th and what a hole to begin with! I'll start tomorrow at the 10th at AM 7.33 (13.30 Belgium time). Great practice session thereafter, high quality Mich and Jérôme, so I'm ready now, no questionning, no doubts, I can face the monster tomorrow.


The forecast is thunderstorms and rain, so I'm prepared for a long but exciting day!


Tuesday, June 14th

The US Open is totally launched, a huge amount of people for a Tuesday. The US Open is their National open, they're very proud of it. Yeah, they can be. This event is unbelievable. Tents everywhere, food, drinks, merchandise, everything at the size of the country. But it is quite difficult to concentrate when you're not used to it. Phil Mickelson is followed by an army of people, but he succeeded to make a good working session. Today was not a great day for me, I mage only 6 holes, it was much too slow. But I did not spend too much energy also. Everything gets firmer and the rough is growing, so It's gonna be really, really important to hit a lot of greens on the right side! This is going to be an incredible spectacle!!!!


I went to the Merchandise tent and made quite a nice shopping ;o). On the putting green, Vince was excited at a moment because he met his hero: Bob Rotella. Typically Vince, one of these days, he will get me there, maybe in between the seasons in January 2012.


Early start tomorrow from the 10th, after that a long session on the putting green. My chipping is alright, the strategy for the front 9 also. Mich fixed my chipping and bunkering, we are happy with the new wedge made by "baby Vokey".
Tomorrow in the afternoon, interview with Claude Quennevile, the Canadian Mister Golf in radio, might be fun!

We received good news from Thomas Detry, he qualified for the matchplay at the British Amateur! Go for it Tom!


Monday, June 13th

Sunday was very hot again. We played the front 9. What a pleasure to play on that beautiful course. The Blue course of Congressionnal is something you don't find in Europe. I played with Marcel Siem and Greg Havret. They shared the same opinion.

Now the course is brutal, long, long and long! The greens are super fast, they are big and some of them have severe contours.

Today, Monday, there finally some fresh air, the weather forecast is fine till wednesday. I played at 8.00 the course from the 10th tee. The back nine is the most difficult 9 I ever played. But most of all it's simply beautiful. The 17 and 18 are two gems of holes. The 18 will be for sure the most difficult hole on the course.

This afternoon, I had good chats with Roger Cleveland (Callaway) and Bob Vokey (Titleist). They both design the best wedges in the world. Mich wanted me to change my 60° and go for another head; we found one made by "Erin" the assistant of Bob Vokey. That wedge goes directly in the bag, I'll use it straight away, it's a topper!


Two more practice days now to better the knowledge of the course and to practice the shots I will need. By the way I didn't go to the driving range but spent all my time around the chipping green, bunker green and putting green.

Saturday, June 11th

Arrived today and welcomed by a super humid heath. Very hot, over 30°,  so humid, something we do not know in Europe. The driver of the courtesy car explained "With the global warming we don't have any spring anymore, it's already summer in May".

The second surprise is that we get a car for the week, a Lexus RX350 with a special immatriculation: USGA 163!

This event is so huge here in the States and this is just an example. 

Now the key is to stay awake and to try to sleep at least till 6.00 in the morning.

Thursday I'll play at 7.33 AM with Heath Slocum, winner on the PGA Tour last year, and Russel Henley, a 22 years amateur who finished tie for 16th on last year US Open.



US Open, Congressionnal, Bethesda, Washington DC
286 17 6-Jun-2011

Royal St Georges, June 9th

Last Monday, I had a great meeting with Carl Vanieuwkerke, a sport passionnate and a great journalist. We had a very pleasant afternoon. Watch Sporza (VRT) on Sunday!

Royal St Georges is a great course, the par 4 are awesome, the wind is really blowing and make the course very challenging. I found a great welcome here at the Secretary, the caddymaster and with the Pro. Very useful to come here to have a better understanding of all the options. The course is pretty dry and the rough is arm, so the wind will be the major factor to play the course. Par 4's are very difficult, long with dangerous bunkers! With Mich we are shaping low trajectories with the driver that we might use at the US Open... but that's another story!

Mark Roe joinded us today, it was very intersting has Mark shares some stories with The Open (he participates in 12 British Open, and was leader once at Royal St Georges). Around the greens, the key shots will putting from the fairway (texas wedge) and bunker shots. That's what we practised together!

Royal St Georges, June 7th

First of all, thank you for your messages. We finally found what we needed for the British open thanks to you!

I'm so pleased to make those 2 rounds at Royal St Georges. I played there a long time ago where I won as a Junior, Nick Dougherty finished second. But this is another story, a much longer course with a world class field. I'm thriilled to find the right lines on drives and entries to the green, in bump and run style! I do like very much the links golf, it's so creative, working in three dimension. Mich is with me here in St Georges to fine tune my swing and to help me decide on the right type of shots to use, certainly at less than 100 meters from the pin. I'll go for low trajectory drives and I might do the same at Congressionnal, because it's so long and narrow over there. That course on their websites looks like a damned devil golfcourse. Speed is 14 on the stimpmeter, greens are a marbre surfaces, that's what they say!

Vince had Dave stockton on the line, to have his thoughts about an ideal schedule on the US Open, when playing 9, when playing 18 holes, ... We pretty know now how we gonna handle that week. It will be some experience. I'll tell you more on a few days!

British Open and US Open preparation

This week, we planned to make some practice rounds on Royal St Georges, this will be also a good preparation for the US Open. 

By the way, if somebody has a house with a few rooms nearby the Royal St Georges course, don't hesitate to leave a message on this site! Thanks...


Training British and US Open
287 16 31-May-2011

Walton Heath, May 30th

Guess what? A Belgian won the European qualification for the 2011 US Open. -9 on 36 holes, the Old and the New Course at Walton Heath Golf Club. The day began with 3h30 delay due to misty conditions and I was playing one of the last out of the 100 players (I started at 13.15). I played the last 23 holes in the cold rain. Brian was exhausted, and Vince and Jérôme were wet through as we finished at 21.00. They were my two spotters for 36 holes. Cold, soaking wet but so happy!

I wonder if a Belgian ever participated in the US Open...

We will go there to learn: the tightness of the fairways, the deep rough and the hardpan greens. The US Open will be my first professionnal tournament in the States. I played some tournaments there as a junior but in this case, it is something special, isn't it?

Program 2011: US Open - British Open - US PGA, 3 Majors in a row...


US Open - European Sectional Qualifier
288 15 25-May-2011

Friday, May 27th

I was cruising nicely from the first, with 2 birdies refused by the hole himself on 5 and 7, when I had some bad luck on 8 when my ball struck a branch and went in the water. Double bogey, after two birdies. Then again, 3 chances for birdies 9-10-11 missed, and a bad drives into the woods, double at the 12th. Then birdies at the 14-15-17. I had to make eagle at the 18th, 215 meters against the wind, and struck not perfect, into the water. Bogey on 18!

The first round was the guilty!

Training now for 2 days before the qualifications of the US Open on Monday at Walton Heath on 36 holes for 9 places!

Thursday, May 26th

+1 after 9 and +7 at the end. The bogey after a monster drive at the 11th puzzled me and I drove badly on 12, 4 putts on 15 and a ball in the water on 18th. A nightmare today. A round wasted. At no time I was confortable on the greens today, I couldn't find the right lines and pace. I found it hard to concentrate also. In fact the strong wind and the rain this morning did not help. The wind was blowing from the opposite direction of the prevailing wind.

After the round, I had a good session on the putting green and went for a visit at Sunningdale Golf Club and his proshop. Then rest at the hotel to prepare tomorrow's round!


Wednesday, May 25th

Early wake up at 6.00, breakfast on the Thames... Ready for a sunny day. From tomorrow, rain is on the forecast!

Rain will lenghthen the course even more. Yesterday, on some par 4's, I had 3 wood and 3 iron on the opening hole and on hole nr 3 I had driver and 5 iron. Depending on the wind's direction, I have long to mid irons. Many of those par 4's are quite long like 1, 3, 9, 12, 13, 15. I don't quite think it's a good idea to reach in 2 the 2 par 5's, 17 and 18. The punishment is severe and the target quite small...

-5 at the end of the tournament will be a great target, that course is a real tough test!

Tomorrow I'll play at 7.50 UK time. Program: wake up at 5.15, at 6.00 breakfast in Wentworth in the players lounge, 6.20 chipping green for half an hour, driving range another 30 min and putting green for the remaining 1/2 hour.


Tuesday, May 24th

Wake up at 6.00 with Michel, Jérôme and Vincent, breakfast and direction Wentworth. I'm surprised by the conditions of play. They have told me that there is a serious drought in England. Well if Royal St Georges is dryed out, Wentworth is pretty green. They had to water the course pretty much.

I played 18 holes this morning, then had lunch on the lovely terrace of the club house, and went back to the range to fix my driving with Mich.

At 3:00 PM, with Vince, we had a nice talk with the responsable of my favorites watches with which we are going to partner again. This is a nice present for my return in better form. I thank them for keeping their word. Old friends never die...

At 4:00 PM, the major golfing rendez-vous of the week: Dave Stockton came to congratulate me and said with his californian accent: "Awesome Nicolas". He watched every shot and came with a program on my putting: new position of my right hand and right arm, the famous "spot" 1 inch before the ball on short putts, and a new rubber grip for my Odyssey putter! We really love the man. After 5 min, his proposals were agreed and we practiced for one more hour and a half.

Some people asked through this site what are my clubs: you can find it now in the section My Bag. We also added upon the demand of some of you a page on my amateur carreer (see Results -> Amateur Years).

Tomorrow, no pro-am but again an intense day:

  • another short game session with Mark Roe
  • a putting session with Dave Stockton
  • a meeting with Callaway
  • a debriefing with Jérôme

I play Thursday at 7.50 AM with Simon Dyson en David Horsey



BMW PGA Championship
289 14 16-May-2011
Watch the pictures of this tournament

Sunday, May 22nd

Ok I had my chances against Ian Poulter. Am I disapointed? No, abslolutely not. I was exhausted after the match, I gave everything. With Mich and Vince, we made the debriefing on the progress and the experience we made this week, and on the different turning points like today on 3-8-9-10-12 and 14. There is room for progress. We start tomorrow a session with Dave Stockton... Top 100 in the world must be achieved now and there is 99 % that I'll qualify for the British Open. As I'll enter the top 100, it's very likely that I'll play the USPGA. Nice program for the next weeks where I wont play in Wales to rest and prepare Italy as good as I can.

But after all, what a incredible and unforgettable week here at Finca Cortesin!


Saturday, May 21st

Can you believe it, a place in the semi finals of the Volvo World Match Play. Just amazing, I have no words. 4 scalps now on my palmares.  I'll play against Ian Poulter tomorrow morning and the other semi final is Martin Kaymer, seeded world N°2 against the world N°3, Luke Donald. Poor start thiS morning against Vegas but a very strong finish in the heath of the match. Half an our later I continued on my roll and cruised nicely against McDowell. Then G-Mac played some superb shots and came back but I continued my solid game with a 265 meters 3 wood on the fringe of the par 5, 11. On 12, I knocked a 205 meters shot 40 cm from the cup to come back 2 up. Some great drives, irons and  putting gave me the victory.

Everybody wants to know my secret... OK, there it is: I have one of the best team on the Tour! The work done since 3 years begins to pay off and I'm still progressing, like the work I'm doing this week. Thanks Mich...

Thanks to all my supporters here in Finca Cortesin, and especially to the head of my fan club, Mimouche Debroux. She develops a great energy and sends great positive vibes. Thanks to all of you, who even came from Belgium. You know that I know that you are there...

Friday May 20th

And what about that? A Belgian leads his group beating two world class players. I am exhausted but so happy. This morning I spent a lot of energy against Retief. From the first tee shot, I was a litlle bit nervous and my swing was not that fluent. But hole after hole, I regained control and confidence. From 3 down I came back to win at the 18th! I must admit that my long game is great. That is what my opponents are telling and they did not talk a lot the whole day. Especially this afternoon, with Rory, both of us hit great shots. I knocked it stiff at the 7 for a given eagle. My irons were better than my driving all the day. After the afternoon match, we worked with Mich on the driving. He asked me to be more patient at the start of my downswing. The "Jordan" effect, he said. My club needs to stay in the air a fraction more, like Michael Jordan did. I may not rush the beginning of the downswing. This will help me having a better rythm and more accuracy and length through the round. I'll certainly need all my weapons tomorrow...

Tomorrow, I play Jonathan Vegas at 8.25, a strong player who won on the PGA Tour. This long hitter comes from Venezuela but grew in the States through his University golf school. The winner of this match will play the quarter final against the winner of McDowell - McIlroy.


Thursday May 19th

Another working day today, with Mich for the long game and putting and also Mark Roe for a chipping session. Even with that swirling wind, some guys scored very well. Westwood made 6 birdies in 8 holes, just to confirm that he's N°1 in the world. My opponents, Rory McIlroy and Retief Goosen did well also with 13 birdies together today! Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald put a lot of red figures on their card. Tomorrow ot's my turn to jump in the tournament, against Retief Goosen at 8.15 in the morning. He lost his first match, so he absolutely needs to win the second one!

Tuesday May 17th and Wednesday May 18th

Finca Cortesin is one of the most beautiful hotel that I visited, classified 20th in the world. The course designed by Cabell Robinson 4 years ago is a true gem. The views on the mountains are superb and a number of holes are overlooking the Mediterranean sea. But it's a bloody long track, more than 6.750 meters with 4 of the 5 par 3's over 200 meters and 2 par 4's doglegs over 450 meters. The surroundings are hilly but the fairways are pretty flat. Between 7 holes, we'll have buggys to gain some time because these paths are sometimes quite hilly and long. But the greatest concern is the heavy crosswind that makes the course even more difficult. The wind is never helping, you have to really battle, shaping almost every shot. On par 5's the greens are very small and I have a few 3 woods to try to catch them in 2, like on 5, 11 and 18! But I have a secret weapon: low drives and low chasing 2 irons!


The greens are great, rolling and fast, so everything is there for a great tournament!


Tuesday night, we had a party and a dinner with all the players and the officials. We gathered for some pictures of our bracket (Retief, Rory and me) and of the entire group. It felt a little bit unusual to me to be part of those players, we don't know very much each other. Nevertheless I had a good chat with Luke Donald and with Martin Kaymer and I had dinner with Aaron Baddeley; it is his first visit in Spain, and we talked about Australia.


Mich Van Meerbeek is here with me, we are sharing the room. We set up a new technical program for the next tournaments. The objective is to play more in a "pipe", playing straighter shots. I need to adapt my stance which was to closed and center my upper body. My hips may continue to move freely, the right hip nicely pivoting backwards. I need to do this to be able with the driver to work the ball with the new shaft.  With my previous driver, I could manoeuvre the ball thanks to the spin. With the new one, I need to be more cautious and more square, aiming a little left when I want a little fade at the end of the flight. It will help me also on crosswind left to right.


We are working also the putting, with a taller posture for a better action of the left arm and hand, something Jerôme had put in his report in Barcelone, 2 weeks ago. Mich is very happy with my grip and my forward press. The rythm is also good. We will work on lagging long putts as we feel that, the way the course is set up, long putts will have quite an importance. It's gonna be difficult to go for the pins on each hole, certainly on par 3's and 5 when I can reach them in 2. So I will need to putt those long ones dead, that's the program after the pro-am of this Wednesday.



Monday, May 16th

Arrived today in Finca Cortesin, beautiful resort by the way, and quite a bracket: Rory McIlroy and Retief Goosen! I will play 36 holes on Friday, no match before... Pro-Am on Wednesday .. Training on Thursday.

I'm part of the Gustaf Larson Bracket. And do you know who Gustaf Larson is? Well, he was one of the founders of Volvo! In Spain, they pronounce Bolbo!

Volvo World Match Play
290 13 11-May-2011

Brussels, 13 May 2011


The match in Anderlecht was an amazing experience, I met a lot of people amongst them fine golfers like Johan Beerlandt, Roger van den Stock, Philippe Collin and Kristof "Fly" Vliegen. The tennisman is a good friend of Michel, and a member of the Anderlecht supporter's club St Guidon!

Did you know that the man on the European Tour logo is Harry Vardon? Padraig Harrington suggested that it would be replaced by the silhouette of Seve Ballesteros!

Today, training in Royal Zoute with Margil Gutmer, CEO of 3e Bureau, nice weather...


Brussels, 11 May 2011 17:30

Tonight, if you go to Anderlecht to see the football match Anderlecht - AA Gent, you will see me hitting a bigger ball but with the foot this time. The good news is that they only give me one shot...

Between tournaments...
291 12 10-May-2011

May 8th

Looking back to this tournament, it was very strange, the athmosphere was very heavy. The tears of Chema Olazabal were meaningful and sum up the feelings of all players.

As far as my game is concerned, I never could properly read those greens. So the 22nd place is logical.

Now, let's concentrate on Finca Cortesin for the Volvo World Match Play. Everything is new for me; the match play, the course and the 24 players format!

But I'm really looking forward to it and the week after on the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth.

I received the news that I entered in The HSBC Champions in Shangaï in November the 4th and last WGC of the season.

So many changes all of a sudden...

May 7th

A quite unusual day today. The bad news came early this morning. The whole field was shocked after hearing that the great Seve had passed away.

I never found the right way to concentrate. The ghost of the Big Spaniard was haunting everyone's mind. At 2:00 pm a minute of silence had been decided by the Tour. The emotion reached its climax at this time; my mind was then far, very far from the competition...

May 6th

It's not that easy to play with Monty, you need to get used to, you know, but we talked together quite a bit and all in all we had two good days. I putted better today and my long game is still strong. I'm not surprised that the scores are higher today as players begin to discover all the traps of the course and the difficulties on the greens.

My father is caddy this week, he's helping Romain Béchu, a French teammate of our coaching team. They play together in Paris (EuroDisney). Romain made this week his first cut on the Challenge Tour as a pro. It's a great achievement for Romain to pass that cut after a couple of difficult years, and a foot injury that lasted for 18 months... Well done Pa!

Tonight we are also thinking to Seve Ballesteros...

May 5th

A mixed first round, I played ok, didn't find the speed of the greens that well, but after the round I went to the putting green and fix it with Jérômel All the buzz of my win, the press, the congrats, .., is now calmed down. I'm optimistic for the second round. Great to play with Monty and Stephen!

The course is set up for short and straight hitting players, rather strange for a Greg Norman designed course.

May 4th

This a new course. The old location was close to the airport, now the Real El prat is 40 min away of the airport. It is a pretty modern course (designed by Greg Norman in 2004), long, tree lined, a lot of water in play, narrow with firm greens heavily protected. A real tough course... Spanish players are quite hot, normal it's their Open!

Today I had Television in the morning and a Pro-Am in the afternoon. It is high time now to get focused in the tournament. I have a Scottish flight tomorrow, with Stephen Gallacher and Captain Monty!

May 3rd

Tough first day in Barcelona. I spent the day with a crew of the VRT - Sport Weekend, Edwin Van de Sande, nice people, and I had an TV interview with a french Internet TV "Journal du golf". This is quite tiring as you need to be concentrate all day. Tomorrow morning, The European Tour Productions will make another film in Barcelona. In the afternoon Pro-am. I'm not used to all these distractions but I feel it does affect a lot my preparation. But ok, that is part of the business, I accept it totally and I enjoy it. I will need to focus deeper in the competition before Thursday.

You want some news from the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in August? Well the PGA Tour said that I am eligible and that they entered me in the tournament. Waow! USA in August with the 78 best players on Tours...


Open de España
292 11 27-Apr-2011

April 28th

Great day with the press in Royal Waterloo! A lot of spirit with Philippe Toussaint and Reginald Swaelens, the brother of late Donald Swaelens. Great discussions with the journalists, with a lot of new faces from De Standaard, Het Laatste Nieuws or het Nieuwsblad. Check this week-end newspapers

The PGA of Belgium presented me a lifetime honorary membership! Bernard de Bruyckere, the PGA Chief Executive, handled me the Certificate in name of all my PGA collegues and the President.

Minister Muyters (Ruimteling Ordening en Sport) send me his congratulations. Should my recent notoriety help the construction of new courses in Belgium, this could be a great bonus for the country. And maybe I could receive a lifetime membership from my friend Chris Morton in Damme who desesperatly waits some permits to build 9 new holes...

But the most emotional moment was the phone call of EDDY MERCKX, I felt in pieces, he is so sincere, so kind that he touches you right in the hart! I'll never forget that moment. Eddy, you're the greatest!

Another phone call came from Dave Stockton to Vincent: "Tell him that I am so proud of him, I watched his 10 last holes, I was thrilled how he handled the pressure, he striked the ball beautifully, he stayed perfectly focused. I'm looking forward to see him during the BMW PGA in Wentworth..."

Thanks again to everybody who send me messages through this site. More than 400 messages, still 56 to read, I'll do that tomorrow...

April 27th

I'll participate today in a Radio Show debate, RTBF La Première with Fabienne Vande Meersche. It is about sport management and coaching in Belgium with other sport management and coaches, Philippe Gilbert - Vincent Kompany - the Borlée Family.

Tonight party with a few old friends...

And tomorrow Press meeting in Royal Waterloo!


Aftermath of a victory
293 10 25-Apr-2011

April 25th

Before flying back home I want to express all my joy of reading your messages through this site. Thank you to all of you for your support! I am sorry but I will not be able to answer you individually, but I'll have the pleasure to read you all...

I'm now 10th at the Race to Dubaï  and 105 at the world ranking. My next tournament is the Open de España in Barcelona and then I'll play the Volvo World Match Play in Finca Cortesin (Andalucia - Spain) before going to the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth! Appealing program, isn'it?

April 24th

Oh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

There it is, my first win on Tour... All my toughts to my parents and my team. Mich: "20 years together pey, what an adventure". Thanks to all the messages on this site, I'll read them all. And particularly the one from Philippe Toussaint who won 37 years ago. A lot of respect to you Philippe, we have now one more link together: passion for golf, competition, hockey and football. Good luck to you tonight with Anderlecht.

Today was the toughest day, I needed to stay in control, because a bunch of guys were firing after me. But I stayed calm and displayed great golf with the help of Brian Nilsson, my caddy. I decided to give him a nice present for his birthday, he's 41 today. Great putting (Thanks Dave), on behalve of the 16th, but I played the chip too quickly. Nevertheless, I finished in control strongly without too much attacking the pins. Great drive again on 18, over 340 meters... then I align myself cautiously like we trained before I flew here. So the Job is done, some party now, Marcel, Greg and some caddy friends are red hot...

April 23rd

Maybe the most difficult day. The wind is blowing and the course is getting quite firm. You need to be more accurate and cautious attacking the greens because they are not that receptive anymore. I started perfectly with a 7,5 m eagle put and managed to play well on all par 5 (-5 on the 4 par 5). On 18 with a forward wind, I made my best drive, one we called a "mokachino fumé". Brian told me it was over 345 meters what left me about 200 m to the flag. I took a 7 iron and went for the heart of the green. This 18th hole is quite a good hole!

Tomorrow is a another day...

April 22nd

My new Callaway driver stayed in the bag, it's very efficient and passed with flying colors the first two days! But I will study it deeper with Mich when I am back in Belgium, to be able to work the ball the way I want, low, high, left or right spin, and again low and high with spin... The course is very nice, with wide fairways. It is the reason why the scoring is low. But there is one thing one must absolutely avoid, the bunkers. There is too much sand and you drop very easily a stroke. My putting becomes better and the scoring is consistent. Two more days to go, alot of golf to be played...

April 20th

What a change in temperature! What a change in culture! And I'm also on a change. I tryed a new driver made by the Callaway crew with a Fujikura shaft. An excellent club where I can not only be long but also where I can work the ball. In California at the Ely Callaway Performance Center, John Degen made a great driver, but during tournaments I was not confortable to move the ball. This time, I might have find a new club or my bag! We will see tomorrow...


Volvo China Open
294 9 17-Apr-2011

April 17th

Well, 17th with 3 scores under par. In fact, 2 to 3 strokes  day could have been saved, but I was too far of the pins. I never drunk that much water, from 7 to 8 liters a round. We walked with a wet towel on the head too cool you down. The ones who suffered the least awee the locals and the younger players. Today was a pretty long day with more than 22 holes to play and 45 minutes between the 3rd and 4th round. Well done Matteo, he's such a nice guy. Now we are moving to China for the next tournament, I think I'm 73rd now one the Race to Dubaï...

Well Done Tom Detry, winner in Belgium!

April 16th

Never seen so much rain in my life! I wonder how the course will work it out... We couldn't finish the round because of poor light. The course is pretty long now and the priority is to be long and on fairways otherwise you're plugged and have to play with a muddy ball. Long and precise, easier said than done...

April 15th

It's so warm and humid here in Kuala Lumpur, a real temperature feel of over the 40°! I drove the ball better, found the good speed on the greens. Unfortunately as I pared the 10 first holes, I made a double bogey but managed to eagle and birdie to come back under par. Finally, on the score board, a nice belgian flag but, honestly, I would have prefered a Spanish one... Once again, it's here very, very hot, very tiring in fact... 70-70 -4, I'll play this week-end not too far from the lead...

April 14th

I stayed very patient today. My drives were too erratic, missing a lot of fairways. The course being very wet, I had several times mud on my ball and could not clean it. Due to the extremely wet conditions, you could clean your ball today on fairways (Local Rules). But nevertheless, I managed to put some red figures on my card and finished at -2. I did enjoy my patience today...

April 12th

Long trip but after a week off. Couldn't see the final round of the Masters because I was flying, but I looked to the reports. Amazing, no! Last week, I trained with Mich to fix my posture and my long game. I'm confident with my work, now I'll see how I handle the warmth and the high humidity here in Kuala Lumpur.


Maybank Malaysan Open
295 8 1-Apr-2011

April 1st

Not much to say. I play that crosswind badly and never find the right lines on the greens of the Palace... Too many bogeys and no birdies on the back nine. I'm not happy, bad April fish today!

Now my mind is in preparing the next tournaments in Asia...

March 31th

Watch the pictures of this tournament

I'm cooked: 5 hours under 38°! At least, I finished under par... I'm surprised I tought that the good scores would have been played at The Ocean and it's on the Palace that they shoot the lowest. Tomorrow morning, I have an early start which is nice under those temperatures. The warm wind made the greens very dry in the afternoon, and it was not easy to make birdies. Anyway I had 2 or 3 more in the hands. My iron game is great, so let's see what kind of fish brings that 1st of April.

March 30th

Pretty tired with the heath here! The Royal Palace is a beautiful scenery but I think that peolple underestimate the difficulty of this course... Some will be surprised by the scores... If the wind blows, those tiny and slopy greens will be incredible to play. They're like roses, beautiful but with painful needles... But I must admit that that links land, very natural near the Atlantic in a Royal palace is worth to be seen... It's like the zwin in The Zoute designed by Trent Jones, so many different trees and flowers, so genuine, a pleasure for the eye, specially for the holes near the shore! A gem certainly, but a nightmare if your are not pin point accurate!

Tomorrow I'll play the Ocean Course, 100 meters from the palace owned by a Prince, cousin of the King. Family business... a good course, recently build but very well designed, with at least receptive greens... I 'll be ppaired with an amateur, playing with James Morrisson with another amateur...

Bénédicte Toumpsin will play her first tournament on the Ladies Tour here at le golf du Soleil, good luck to her!

March 29th

This tournament organized for the first time in Agadir Morocco is played over two courses: L'Ocean and the Royal palace. The second is stricly reserved for the King and his family, so it's a particular event to play. Quite sunny here but the Scirocco is coming for the rest of the week: a strong warm wind from the sahara, so it's gonna be quite warm on the fairways...

Hassan II Trophy
296 7 24-Mar-2011

March 27th

Not much to say. It's a bad day and the difficult pin positions had nothing to do with it but it didn't help, surely when you play with you B game... So, it's better to forget it and think to the next tournament, Hassan II Trophy in Agadir Morocco!

March 26th

One or two putts had to fall today, but they didn't... Not my best day, and a very slow one... Grrrrr... I have to get back the putting I had on Thursday... that's my task for tomorrow.

March 25th

I batlled like a devil! What a suspense... I knew that I was on the cut line... but on those first nine of the cours, my last 9 holes, there are no par 5 and some holes are very tight.. On the 7, I was lying badly under a palmtree and did a very strong recovery shot, I look then at Brian and we shared a silent "waow" and an eyed wink! Nevertheless I had a 2 meter's putt for par and 2 holes to go. At the 8th (my 17th holes) I miss a 3 meter birdie and 1 long par 3 to go. Not the funniest of situation. But a good par and I'll play this week-end. The surprise of the day was the visit of a Princess after 5 holes... Sye stayed 13 more holes and enjoyed it! ;o)

March 24th

Malaga is a strange course, you have to be cautious... Unfortunately I lost a ball after a great drive on 12, must have hit something landing...but aI had to wrote a triple bogey on the card.  So it's a first card with a lot of ups and downs, and I'm happy with my 2 good birdies on 14 and 17! Today, I putted beautifully, that's a good tool for my confidence because I really would like to play this week-end...

Open de Andalucía by Turkish Airlines
297 6 21-Mar-2011

March 21st

Finally 5th in Sicily... Now I'm travelling through Rome to join Malaga for the Andalucia Open. Let's hope we have good weather there, last year they've had so many rain before the tournament that they deserve niuce conditions this time.

Bénédicte Toumpsin finished 9th in Terre Blanche on the Let Acess Tour, well done Belgium... I told you that I had a good coaching team...

March 20th

Winds, showers and thunders during this 4th day in Donnafugata. Again, I'll play well and applied the techniques decided in training last week. I'm on my way, each round better and better. Like in Dubaï, my best day is the last one (71-71-69-68 par 71). I wish my good friend Raphaël Jacquelin to win this tournament, he plays so well all year round...

Donnafugata is very close to Sigonella, where the american drones and YF16 flyed today to bomb Tripoli (Lybia), 18 minutes from here. We could here the sounds of the jets... So I can tell you that during the bad weather interruption, everybody was watching the TVnews to know if some missiles could arrive around here! Also, rumours says that all the flights will be cancelled tonight and tomorrow... What a strange athmosphere, and it will be a pity for the winner tomorrow, because he will be alone, no players, no spectators, a little press... A pity also for his tournament, normally Sicily enjoys such a nice weather, but for me tomorrow maybe another top 10, the first one of the year!

March 19th

My game comes back! I played really well today. 17 greens in regulation! And I changed the putter. At the start of the tournament, I had decided to give a try for my Odyssei 33 inch, but today I went for the one I received from Dave Stockton, a 35 inch Rossa Taylor made! My stroke and my position were much better. I must admit that I was 1 against 3 with that 33 inch putter: Dave, Mich and Jérôme. Ok, ok, fair enough, I keep the 35! One more round tomorrow, we'll go for it!

March 18th

It was a cold and very windy afternoon, with some showers. Very difficult to score, Not many players went under par in the afternoon. playing in the morning was therefore a real advantage! I played well, drived better today, still there...

March 17th

A good round, even if I had a bad driving day... A few drives on the left, that caused too many bogeys... We fixed it on the driving range after the round, and I'm now ready to handle the second round.

March 15th

Donnafugata is a nice place even if we discover this golfcourse in a too early stage. So I'm convinced that there is a nice potential here in Sicily. I'm curious how the field will react scoring wise on a young course...

March 14th

After the Great experience in Terre Blanche, direction Sicily, the Donnafugata Golf Club, a new resort, unknow by most of us... Jérôme Theunis is with me to launch this streak of 3 tournaments before Asia!

Sicilian Open
298 5 24-Feb-2011

March 10 th

I've got a strong team, one of my secret. This training's week is important. I can see that Mich and Jérôme have prepared each second of it. Dave Stockton ghost is on the Terre Blanche greens. Hard work but a lot of fun...

Tomorrow, Bénédicte Toumpsin will join us with a few french pros and amateurs working with Mich. I know them all, I met them in Australia and, now, they all work with us and with Daniel Béchu.

It will be a pleasure to meet them on the next 2 training days...

March 7th

After a few days of hollydays with my parents - last time was a ong time ago, I can't remember - it's time to to take the clubs back out of the bag. And I'm really looking forward to. I   feel great after those wonderful days at 2000m under a wonderful sun. My legs are as strong as ever and I'm ready for the program prepared by my coaching team. Michel is waiting for me at Terre Blanche, Jérôme is with him. It's my friend Raphaël Jacquelin that told me that Terre Blanche was perfect for a serious practice session. We phoned Alain Alberti, the head pro there, and fixed a week of work there.

Februari 24th

Yesterday at the Royal Waterloo, I had a great press lunch with the belgian journalists specialized in golf. It was an exclusive discussion. I do appreciate their work and their fidelity as well, certainly when things weren't going that well. We spoke about the Tour, the objectives, my team, the consulting with Bénédicte Toumspin  (we help her because we strongly believe in her), my new parners (Knauf, 2pm, Popsy) and the historic ones Lacoste, 3e Bureau, Mannès, Titleist, Royal Waterloo.

We spoke also about Jérôme Theunis entering my team under the direction of Michel Vanmeerbeek.

This week is also devoted to doctors, nutritionist (Dr Balon-Perin), dentists, osteopath (Blaise Erpicum).

Today I went to Paris at Lacoste headquarters to discuss the details of 2011 and the new products. Lacoste will launch a new golf line in April!

After a few days off next week, I'll prepare the next stretch of tournaments in Southern France (Terre Blanche). Mich has put a program down for that week, taking in consideration our feedback (Jérôme, Vincent and myself) from the first three tournaments.

Next: Sicialian Open, Andalusian Open (Malaga), Trophée Hassan II in Agadir.

Between tournaments...
299 4 8-Feb-2011

Februari 13th

This is how nobody wants to start a round, a 4 m birdie putt lips out before the second putt makes the same. 3 putts on the first without any bad shot. Same situation on the 5th, 3 putts. I struggle from then till the double bogey on 9... +4 and 9 holes to go. And the birdies were refusing to drop, one after the other, till the 13. A massive drive followed by a pitching wedge (540 meters par 5) and 2 putts, good for my first birdie. From then the ball started rolling on my side and the last holes accepted my shots and my putts. I didn't receive an hole in one like Quiros, but at least, somme birdies dropped, on 14-16-17. My patience has finally payed off!

Return home now, after 4 months abroad, smelling the fresh air of Belgium again, parents, friends, the surrealistic politic situation, the food etc. I have 4 weeks to prepare the next stretch, beginning March in Sicily. I'm really happy to have a break now but I know also that in 4 or 5 days, I will be looking to my next tournament...

Februari 12th

Tough course because of the wind and the firm greens, the 69 today is a good one if you look at the overall scores. I had a lot of approaches at 1 or 2 meters from the green. 5 of 6 went very close, 2 hit the flag but didn't go in... 4 birdies and 1 bogey today. By the way, I drove the heart of the 17th green, a par 4 of 328 meters...

One more round tomorrow, the same windy conditions are announced... Even if all the Belgians living in Dubaï weren't there, they are 3.000, I had the support of a few ones, early birds (I played at 7.51), like Erwann a pilot at Emirates Airlines!

Februari 11th

Great game of golf today, where I needed a lot of composure and patience. Quite unlucky on greens with 3 lip outs and 6 putts ending less of an inch of the cup. It was intense till the 36th hole because I knew that I needed at least a birdie on the last green. Had to wait 20 minutes on the tee because in front Jamie Donaldson lost his ball and had to come back to the tee. Today on the par 5 18th, I played a 3 wood (a huge one) from the tee followed by a 6 iron, to finish on the green in two, 6 meters above the hole. Once again I made 2 putts, good for the needed birdie. 17 greens in regulation for a total of par, 73-71... Not easy this course, the cut stayed at Par. I stay for the week-end... Belgian flag still alive in the desert!

Februari 10th

Some great shots but also some bad ones certainly on par 5's. Tomorrow needs to be better if I want to play this week-end. Early start!

Februari 9th

Tomorrow at 12;30, 9.30 in Europe, at the 10th tee with Michael Campbell and Robert Rock. I'm looking forward to that game. All the attention is put on the famour pairing with Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Tiger Woods, N° 1-2-3 of the World Ranking.

Today we cheered Jos Vanstiphout for his 60th birthday. I'm happy he's fine after his different health problems... Happy Birthday Jos!

Februari 8th

The Emirates country club is one of the most beautifully manucured course, with perfect bermuda everywhere. I had a practice round this morning, around 7 AM, as early as the sunset, to have the opportunity to play in 3h15 on a twoball. I hate slow play and playing so early is quite nice. Later, on the practice ground, I had the visit of Malcolm McEnzie, ex winner of the French Open and new dstributor of V1 and flightscope in Europe, who came capture some figures with the flightscope.

The spot became crowdy because 2 players came hitting balls around me: Martin Kaymer and Tiger Woods... Always a good moment, they don't choose a spot by odd...

Dubaï Omega Desert Classic
300 3 6-May-2011

February 5th

This tournament is already over. I've made the feedback.

Now it's time to prepare the Dubaï Desert Classic!

February 3rd

This Doha Course is a real test of golf. The wind is playing a huge role here along the Persian Gulf. Greens are as hard as pan and the course is long. I'll take the driver out on each par 4 and par 5. Once again, I will need to work the ball and I'll go for the old Ping driver who allows me to use the spin to shape the shots. Driving distance stats is definitely not a issue for me, but scoring is! The rough is specially heavy and thick and makes the lay out pretty narrow. With hard greens you don't want attack them from the rough. So, it will be a hard fight against that course and the strong winds... This explains the beautiful list of winners: Karlsson, Stenson, Goosen, Els, Quiros,...


Doha, Qatar
301 2 21-Jan-2011

January 31st

My next tournament is the Qatar Masters in Doha. This week I'm training in Dubaï.

January 23rd

What a great week... There is some game in there. Trust me... You only see the top of the Iceberg on the scoreboard... And above all, I've got one of the best team On Tour! I have one week off now, I organized some 18 holes in Dubaï during those 8 days and I have a training plan before my 3 next tournaments: Doha - Dubaï and Avantha masters in New Delhii! Stay tuned...

January 22nd

Another good day of golf, I'm pretty happy with my long game, but I'm a litlle bit far from the pin for hoping easy birdies. 18 greens in regulation today! Tomorrow I'll with Argentinian Rafa Echenique at 9.16 AM Belgian Time!

January 21st

Played better today, better driving also. With Jérôme we had a talk with Michel yesterday night and he fixed it clearly. After one drive at the range this morning, I knew he was spot on. This course is long because longer player can't use the full length of their drives. Overall I'm pleased with this journey even if we had a lot of rain (in the desert!!!!) on the 4 last holes with a great chip and putt on the last...

January 20th

Well, I knew that coming back after 11 weeks out of the European Tour would not be easy. And I was right. I was not that comfortable on tees. I don't feel the lines of play very well here at Abu Dhabi. I took my old driver because I wanted to move the ball. Since Sunday, my trainings were pretty good, so I'm quite positive. This is confirmed by Jérôme Theunis who we asked to coach that first week of the season. We had decided in November that we would ask Jérôme to be here the first tournament of the season. Michel explained him our strategy of coaching and what we did in December during our Californian preparation. Jérôme has now decided to be a full time teaching pro and we will use him on 5 or 6 tournaments this year. It's one more member in our team. We have a great partnership here since Sunday and I'm looking forward to the next rounds...

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
302 1 2-Jan-2011

January 14th

Brisbane Airport. I'm at the gate. In 30 minutes I'll fly for a 23H trip to Abu Dhabi through Singapour and New Delhi. I'll be in Abu Dhabi at 7AM local time (3AM central european time). From floodings to the desert...

January 13th

Got that little piece of paper back on me at 9.00 this morning! What a film, you can't imagine the relief when finally receiving that little burgundy passport! Then back to the Canberra airport to return to Brisbane. Tomorrow, 9.20 direction Abu Dhabi!

January 12th 11:00 PM

Finally arrived tonight in Canberra, it's 11PM now. I'm looking forward to tomorrow 10.30 at the Embassy. The pictures on TV over the flood are incredible... No words... I never seen so much water in my life...

January 12th

The situation here is a nightmare. For my part, the belgian consulate is closed, after 5 hours of search, it seems that my passport should be in Canberra at the Indian Embassy. So I'm flying now to Canberra, and will go to that embassy tomorrow morning. Then hopefully, I 'll fly back to Koolangata, the only airport still open near Brisbane, collect all my stuff, and then trying to find a flight to Abu Dhabi! This situation here is very stressful, I'm looking forward to an end at this long and nerve-racking story...

January 11th

The situation here is really disastrous. We can't move anymore, we have to stay in our apartment. Brisbane in under water, so are naturally the golfcourses. My passport is at the Indian Embassy, so I need to wait for it before thinking to fly away to Abu Dhabi. But overall the situation here is really frightening with high winds, heavy rain, flooding... I hope for all the people here in Queensland that the situation gets better because it's becoming a true nightmare...

January 6th

Life is never simple. Going from embassy to embassy, it seems impossible to get a Business Visa to India to play the Avantha Masters! And I'm so eager to compete... My caddy Brian is flying over on Monday, so we can level up our preparation, before playing Abu Dhabi, my first tournament in 2011.

January 4th

Happy New Year to everybody!

I'm on the coast under Brisbane. The incredible floodings are north of where I'm staying. The flooded area is so huge, more that France and Germany together! Difficult to imagine if you never came to Australia...

I'm staying in an apartment 70 km from Brookwater Golf Club where I went the 2 last years. I'm happy to meet my olf friend Ken Berndt who, with Tom his brother, moved now his academy to Hills Golf Course. I'm playing different golf courses around here, with other pro's, and in particular Olivier Serres from France...

Brisbane, Australia
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