Are three Belgian players going to qualify for the DP World Championship, the final package of the European Tour ($ 8 million in prize money and a collection of bonus bonuses), which will take place next week in Dubai? It is far from impossible. Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters have already mathematically sealed their sesame. And if he achieves a good result in the “Golf in Dubai Championship”, which begins this Wednesday, Nicolas Colsaerts could integrate in-extremis the Top 60 necessary for the promotion. It would be a great first and a real achievement for our golf course!
History to prepare well this last row of this so special season, the three Belgian champions took up residence for several days under the sun of the Emirates. “They all breathe great form and want to strike a big blow for these two tournaments” confides their coach Jérôme Theunis, also present in the “bubble” of Dubai.
Recently elevated to Belgian number one, Detry dreams of ending the year with a bang. Very consistent since January (6 Top 10 and only one failed cut in 18 tournaments), the Brussels resident shows his usual serenity. At the Race to Dubai (the annual ranking of the year on the European circuit), he is in 18th place. This is to say if he can be proud of his performances. But secretly, he still hopes to celebrate Christmas with a first trophy under the tree. “He touches the ball really well and is very motivated” continues Theunis, optimistic.
Thomas Pieters also has plenty of ambition. The Antwerp player has played very little this year (barely 10 tournaments), focusing on his family life (he is the father of a four-month-old girl). “He already has his eyes on the 2021 season, but before that he made Dubai a real goal. He’s a very intuitive champion who doesn’t need a lot of competitions. You give him a club and he finds its marks immediately. It’s impressive… “
Nicolas Colsaerts has a little more pressure on his shoulders. The “Belgian Bomber”, which has just celebrated its 38th anniversary and its 20th anniversary on the European circuit, is currently in 86th place in the Race. He is therefore condemned to the feat this week during the “Golf in Dubai Championship” to be part of the party at DP World.
The two tournaments will be played behind closed doors at Jumerah Estates but on different routes: the Fires Course first, the Earth Course then. “The first one is less demanding and less challenging than the second. But the spirit is the same: it will be necessary to be long, precise and well in swing” concludes Jérôme Theunis.
This week’s plateau is necessarily lower than that announced for next week. But we note in particular the presence of a few big heads such as the English Wallace, Rai, Pepperell, Sullivan and Willett, the German Kaymer, the Danish Höjgaard, the Scots Macintyre, the Austrian Wiesberger, the French Lorenzo-Vera and Levy, the Spaniards Otaegui and Campillo.
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