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Belgian ‘golfbroers’ do better than the Red Devils

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How American university-time Pieters and Detry to world title led

Belgian ‘golfbroers’ do better than the Red Devils

With Thomas Pieters, Thomas Detry, Belgium has a new wereldkampioenenploeg. That is no coincidence. At the American university of Illinois developed the Belgians, a bond for life.

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Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters had thanks to their American golfopleiding an edge on the competition. William West/afp

How American university-time Pieters and Detry to world title led

Belgian ‘golfbroers’ do better than the Red Devils

With Thomas Pieters, Thomas Detry, Belgium has a new wereldkampioenenploeg. That is no coincidence. At the American university of Illinois developed the Belgians, a bond for life.

World Cup of Golf, not just tournament

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World Cup of Golf

Hans Jacobs, Christian Ceuterick

‘Sorry, men, but we do two places better.” From the Australian, Melbourne jent Thomas Pieters, the Red Devils, who are at the world peace had to take the third place. Together with his friend Thomas Detry, he has the World Cup of Golf won the unofficial world CHAMPIONSHIP, three strokes less (-23) than Australia, and Mexico.

The setup: the two best golfers per country days other landenduo. It is fair to say that the top twenty of the world not in Melbourne. Most of the leaders decided to rest in after a particularly debilitating season or had other commitments – so bekampte Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in a long of nine million dollars.

That makes the account not of Pieters and Detry, anyway delivers the Belgian duo, a feat that can count. Even without the top twenty knocked them to top a European Tour won, or the Ryder Cup played. In fact, they surpassed themselves on a tournament that both the PGA and the European Tour, the most prestigious profcircuits, is recognized. On the basis of their world ranking (Pieters 70, Detry 140) they started as ninth country to the World Cup and was home country of Australia (Leishman 21, Smith 33) favorite for the United States (Kuchar, 29, Stanley 30).

Contemporaries

“I had the feeling that there is always a big brother next to me, ran that talked with me, and me calm loved. If I were at home playing with my buddy

Thomas Detry

The great thing about the World Cup of Golf is just not necessarily the best two the cup meegraaien, but the combination that best matches (see inset). And then have Pieters and Detry a dash for it. They are not only contemporaries, but also followed the same trajectory. The topsportschool of Golf Flanders, they played together, but then at the American university of Illinois. Pieters and Detry were against each other. In the American universiteitscompetitie is governed in team played as World Cup of Golf. What they are now in Melbourne out of their sleeve to shake, they did already once. In 2013 they won together with their universiteitsploeg the prestigious Big Ten Championship, a tournament with the best ten golfuniversiteiten of the United States. In addition, they had the same coach, Mike Small.

Lap Pieters as a comet to the top of the world, then Try the man who is slightly slower but gradually the connection to the find. Detry: “We are world champions, that is a great feeling. I was in Melbourne the feeling that there is always a big brother next to me, ran that talked with me, and me calm loved. If I were at home, a game played with my buddy.’

It is Detry’s first major victory and Pieters’ fourth. Pieters, who this season a few dips knew, the decision in style. “This feels like an individual title. I feel so happy.’ The golfbroers keep it a nice gift: they deserve each almost one million euro.

World Cup of Golf, not just tournament

The World Cup of Golf, which under that name since 1968 is, differs considerably from a regular tournament on the PGA or the European Tour, the most prestigious profcircuits. To begin with only two players per country selected. Also it is not about the individual performance, but is the end result depending on what the two golfers as a team to perform. On a regular tournament is played in stroke play, the golfer with the fewest strokes necessary over the 72 holes wins. Point. The World Cup of Golf on the other hand is played in fourball (best score of the two counts) and foursome (each team of two playing with one ball, to-and-to). Especially in that last formula is the match between the two golfers is important. (cch), hjb)

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