Soudal Open: Thomas Pieters in ideal position

Soudal Open: Thomas Pieters in ideal position
Soudal Open: Thomas Pieters in ideal position

Thomas Pieters and the young amateur Nathan Cossé will be the only Belgian representatives to participate, this weekend, in the last two rounds of the Soudal Open (DP World Tour) which is played on the Rinkven International course (par 71). After 36 holes, the Antwerp champion, who received a wild card from the organization, occupies a good seventh place with a total of 9 under par thanks to cards of 67 and 66. On his land, carried by his supporters , he will clearly be aiming for a seventh victory on the European circuit. As a reminder, before going into exile on the dissident LIV circuit, he won at the Czech Masters (2015 and 2019), at the KLM Open (2015), at the Danish Open (2016), at the Portugal Masters (2021) and the Abu Dhabi Championship (2022). How funny it would be if, for his only appearance scheduled for 2024 on the DP World Tour, the former national number one lifted a new trophy in his hometown!

We’re not there yet. At the dawn of the third round, he is five strokes behind the Spaniard Nacho Elviria and four behind the Englishman Ross Fischer. And behind these two leaders, around twenty players are united in the space of four moves. This means that nothing is certain!

Nathan Cossé, 22 years old and still an amateur, will also be there this weekend. To his 71 on Thursday, he added a remarkable 68 this Friday, thanks to an eagle on the way out and a birdie under pressure on his last hole. Trained in Naxhelet and settled in the States, where he combines studies and golf at Henderson University, Brabançon is well on his way to reaching other milestones in the coming months.

The other Belgian players therefore failed to get on the right track and make the cut (set at -3). It’s obviously a small disappointment for the public and the organization. In heavy rain, Nicolas Colsaerts was slowed down by a double bogey at 10. He finished at -1 (69 and 72). Too bad because his game seemed well in place.

Disappointing during the first round (card of 77), Adrien Dumont de Chassart woke up on Friday, signing a very good card of 65 (6 birdies, no bogey) for an overall in par. But the delay was too great. More than ever, Villersois’ objective is now to maintain his place on the American PGA Tour. Flandrian Matthis Besard missed out on his tournament with frustrating scores of 76 and 70 (+4). James Meyer de Beco and Kristof Ulenaers (-1) did respectably.

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