Thomas Pieters in Ryder Cup mode - Trends-Tendances sur PC

Thomas Pieters in Ryder Cup mode – Trends-Tendances sur PC

It’s far too early, of course, to talk about Europe’s selection for the next Ryder Cup to be played in Rome in September 2023. But it’s clear that Thomas Pieters is already knocking solidly on captain Henrik Stenson’s door. After winning the Abu Dhabi Championship in January, the Antwerp champion finished second at the BMW International Open in Munich, beaten in the playoff by Chinese Li Haotong. Above all, he displays a very high level of play which is fully reflected in the rankings….

It’s far too early, of course, to talk about Europe’s selection for the next Ryder Cup to be played in Rome in September 2023. But it’s clear that Thomas Pieters is already knocking solidly on captain Henrik Stenson’s door. After winning the Abu Dhabi Championship in January, the Antwerp champion finished second at the BMW International Open in Munich, beaten in the playoff by Chinese Li Haotong. Above all, he displays a very high level of play which is fully reflected in the rankings. A new member of the world top 30, Thomas Pieters is now in fourth place in the Race to Dubai behind Will Zalatoris, Rory McIlroy and Matthew Fitzpatrick, just that! In the eyes of all informed observers, the player is on the way to regaining his state of form from his 2015-2017 period when he collected victories and places of honor. “His game is in place at all levels. And as a bonus, he manages his emotions much better. He no longer gets angry after a bad blow and is much better structured both technically and mentally. He has become more patient and strategist”, summarizes his coach Jérôme Theunis, very optimistic for the rest of the season. After his victory in Abu Dhabi, “TP” had experienced some disappointments, especially during the American tour which did not meet his ambitions. He notably missed the cuts during the Players Championship and Augusta Masters. But he never doubted and always stayed true to his game plan. It’s the sign of a player who feels good about himself and his swing. And we know that when he plays with confidence, Thomas Pieters is one of the best players in the world, capable of winning any tournament. Of course, he did not hide a legitimate disappointment after his second place in Munich. He already saw himself lifting the seventh trophy of his career on the European circuit. It is indeed on a totally improbable putt of a dozen meters that Li snatched the title during the first hole of the playoff. But the way he came up to the height of the Chinese on the last lap and his score of 22 under par, with only 5 bogeys in 72 holes, says a lot about his form at the moment. Throughout the four laps, he displayed very good feelings at all levels. Her body language has always been positive. This is encouraging as two of the biggest events of the year are looming: the Scottish Open (July 7-11) and, above all, the British Open (July 14-17) at the Old Course in St Andrews.

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