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2021: Thomas Pieters
Like every first time dad, having a child has had a huge impact on Thomas Pieters. The Belgian’s technical prowess and physical abilities have never been in doubt but, by his own admission, his mentality has not always been right. The way that he stuck to his task at the 2021 Portugal Masters to see out his fifth European Tour win suggests that this new, more serene Pieters could be about to really fulfil his potential.
The task at hand for Pieters coming into the week was to qualify for the DP World Tour Championship. He couldn’t afford to let himself to worry about the future though, not when the job at hand was to see off the challenge of Matthieu Pavon, Nicolai Hojgaard and Lucas Bjerregaard.
Pieters didn’t have his best stuff at the start of his round but gathered his composure to get back on track. He had to do so again when he found the water off the tee on the 14th. It helped that Pavon had his own water problems and Pieters knew that his mistake hadn’t cost him the tournament. It was all done when Pieters made an up and down for par on the 18th. He’ll have to be more convincing when in contention in the future but this was a very good week for Pieters who looks very much on the up. After seeming like a certainty for major success following his stellar performance in the 2016 Ryder Cup his game went downhill but hopefully he can get back inside the world’s top 40 once again.