So it was England’s Sam Horsfield who put his name on the winners of the inaugural Soudal Open (DP World Tour) held at the Antwerp Stadium in Rinkven. Very solid throughout the four laps, he finished 13th under the par, ahead of New Zealander Ryan Fox and Germany’s Yannick Paul by two strokes. Injured early in the season, Horsfield, 25, enjoyed that success because, in the absence of his usual can, it was his fiancée who carried his bag throughout the tournament. “It was great, like a pro,” smiled the Manchester native, who has already won two trophies on the European circuit (the Champion and Celtic Classic in 2020, each time ahead of Thomas Detre).
The only Belgian player to have made it through this period, Thomas Peters wowed Antwerp fans throughout the weekend. It finally finished in 9th place, at 7 below par. “I hit the ball really well, especially on Sunday. But success was not with me on the greens. The hole grazes several tongs for birds. Inevitably, it is a small disappointment. But it was a pleasure to play in my hometown with so many fans. For Belgian golf, this The event is very important. There were a lot of young people in the audience. It is a good sign!”
Once the tournament was over, Thomas Peters boarded a private jet to get to Tulsa (Oklahoma) where he will play the PGA Championship, the second major tournament of the year, on Thursday. “Obviously, it’s a course that fits my game well. My feelings are good. As usual, the goal would be to win…”
In general, the Soudal Open housewarming party was a great success. “The crowd came in droves, the VIP areas were full, the course was perfect and Golazo signed an impeccable organization. Of course, we would have liked to see more Belgian players. But this is golf” summed up Michael Jones, the packed director of the tournament that will take place again the year Next at the same address.
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