Alex writes, “Thomas Pieters was the breakout star for Europe at the 2016 Ryder Cup. And in a recent interview with Bunkered magazine, the long-hitting Belgian says it helped that the rowdy Hazeltine crowds were relatively unfamiliar with him.
“For me, it wasn’t that bad because they didn’t know who I was,” Pieters, 26, said. “They didn’t have any dirt on me or anything like that. But for Rory, yeah, it was pretty hostile...
Pieters also ripped the "ridiculous" setup at Hazeltine, which benefitted wilder players like Phil Mickelson.
"He was sometimes hitting it, like, six fairways left or right but was still able to get it on the green and then make a 40-footer."
Not so sure about Sergio
Over at Bunkered, Mark McEwan has a go at Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn and his choice of Sergio as one of his captain’s picks which means Thomas Pieters now has a two year wait for another shot at playing in the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.
Mark writes, “The Spaniard has had a largely wretched season. He finished in a tie for 24th on his last start, the Wyndham Championship. He had missed the cut in eight of his ten prior events on golf’s most lucrative circuit and failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs for the first time since the end-of-season cash-grab was introduced in 2007.
He has fared marginally better in Europe, where he is currently 39th on the Race To Dubai – he has only finished the season outside the top 40 on the order of merit three times – and has posted three top tens. The most recent of those was a tie for eighth in July’s French Open at Le Golf National, host venue for this month’s Ryder Cup.
Despite qualifying, he passed on the chance to play for Bjorn’s European team at the EurAsia Cup in January. Thomas Pieters, Matt Fitzpatrick, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Paul Casey all made the effort to go.
Whilst the Irish Open was taking place at Ballyliffin, Garcia was at Wimbledon.
Whilst the Ryder Cup race was reaching its conclusion in Denmark last week, he was playing in a high-stakes poker match in Barcelona. Whatever the benevolent motives, it's hard to argue that it was a bad look.”
Link to Alex Meyers and Michael McEwan
Quote of the Day
“It just came down to putting. That was the single biggest difference between us and them that week. The set-up of the course was ridiculous. You could hit it anywhere." - Thomas Pieters’ thoughts on the course set up at Hazeltine