If you haven’t heard of Thomas Pieters don’t worry, you will very soon. The young phenom has as much talent as anyone on tour. The Illinois alum has potential one day to dominate the golf world. There is no weakness in his game. Bombs his drive, great iron player, and putts really well. You will see more of Pieters on the PGA Tour this year, and trust me, you will want to follow him. It’s a treat to watch, and I am looking forward to what unfolds in 2018 for Thomas Pieters. The kid has the “it” factor, and it will just be a matter of time before multiple PGA victories happen.
1. How great is Mike Small to play for? Coming to Illinois from Belgium
isn’t an easy trip, do you think that has helped you adapt to life on Tour with traveling, and being away from home?
Coach Small is the best, I had three great years there and am still in touch with him and my teammates. It was tough being so far away from home and I do think it’s helped me adapt to life on the tour. Being away from family is never an easy thing, but it’s part of the job.
2. What is your favorite club to hit on the range?
I like to spend a lot of time on my wedges, so I can take advantage of my length off the tee. Who doesn’t like to hit a bucket of drivers though?
3. Do you listen to music when you casually play golf?
Absolutely, I’m always listening to music whenever I can.
4. Your most nervous tee shot was when and where?
The first tee at the Ryder Cup is tough to beat.
5. You’re 26 years old with a ton of talent. Do you set benchmarks for
yourself? What I mean by this is, how do you determine what a successful
I set goals every season, which I keep to my team; but winning is always a good place to start. I think goal setting is a great way to improve and something all golfers can benefit from.
6. This will be your first full season on the PGA Tour. How excited are
I’m looking forward to playing more on the PGA Tour this season and experiencing some new events. But, I’ll continue to compete on the European Tour as well.
7. Have you ever had a hole-in-1?
In one of my matches at the 2012 U.S. Amateur I aced the 6th hole at Cherry Hills….I’m pretty sure I won the hole.
8. The Ryder Cup is this fall. How determined are you to make that team,
and what is that experience like to represent Team Europe?
Making the Ryder Cup is always one of my biggest goals. It was such an honor to represent Europe at Hazeltine in 2016 and one of the best experiences I’ve had. I’m working hard to be a member of the team in Paris later this year and reclaim the Cup!
9. I hear you’re a big snowboarder. How often do you snowboard, and can
you do tricks?
I really enjoy snowboarding and make a trip of it every winter with my family. I’ve got some moves, but I’m no Shaun White and I don’t try to go full X Games when I’m snowboarding.
*Want to again thank Thomas for this interview. Wish him the best of luck in 2018, and I look forward to seeing him competing at the Ryder Cup again this fall, should be a treat!*