Born:Jan 27, 1992 in Geel, Antwerp Province, Belgium.
Original/Home Club:Witbos GC
Ryder Cup player (2016). Multiple wins on the European Tour.
Having played golf from the age of five, Pieters honed his skills and enjoyed considerable success as an amateur golfer at the University of Illinois. He decided to forgo his senior year at Illinois, and instead turned professional aged 21.
Gaining his 2014 European Tour playing rights at Q-School, Pieters recorded his first two wins on the tour in 2015. His win in the Made in Denmark tournament in August 2016 certainly made a big impression on Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke, who included Pieters as a wild card selection for the upcoming contest. Pieters handsomely repaid his selection as the highest points scorer for Europe (4 points from his 5 matches), although the team as a whole suffered a 17-11 loss to the resurgent Americans.
Played as the Portugal Masters (Nov 4-7; postponed from Apr 29-May 2 due to the global coronavirus pandemic). Second-placed Lucas Bjerregaard (Den), Nicolai Højgaard (den) and Matthieu Pavon (Fra) finished 2 shots behind Thomas Pieters (Belg), who recorded his fifth European Tour win. [Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal].
Played as the D+D Real Czech Masters (Aug 15-18). Second-placed Adri Arnaus (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Thomas Pieters (Belg), who claimed his second win in this event. [Albatross Resort, Vysoký Újezd, nr Prague, Czech Rep.].
Played as the Made in Denmark tournament (Aug 25-28). Second-placed Bradley Dredge (Wales) finished 1 shot behind Thomas Pieters (Belg), who birdied each of the last three holes in the final round to record his third European Tour win. [Himmerland Resort, Aalborg, Denmark].
Played as the D+D Real Czech Masters (Aug 27-30). Second-placed Pelle Edberg (Swe) finished 3 shots behind 23-year-old Thomas Pieters (Belg), who claimed his first European Tour win. [Albatross Resort, Vysoký Újezd, nr Prague, Czech Rep.].
Played as the KLM Open (Sept 10-13). Second-placed Lee Slattery (Eng) and Eduardo de la Riva (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Pieters (Belg), who recorded his second European Tour win, coming just two weeks after his first win. [Kennemer G&CC, Zandvoort, Netherlands].
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Europe. From France to Spain to the Netherlands and Norway, the Golf World Top 100 panel reveals the places you have to play (published 20 October 2021).
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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