Thomas Pieters wins the KLM Open at Kennemer Golf and Country Club in Holland.
Thomas, from Belgium, won his second European Tour title, The KLM Open, just two weeks after winning his first, the D+D REAL Czech Masters.
It was certainly looking like a play-off when Lee Slatery just needed to convert a four-foot putt, on the last green, to tie Thomas, but he missed.
Thomas had a final round -5 under par 65, to post a clubhouse lead of -19 under par, reporting that it was the putter that brought him victory;
“I rolled in a couple of good ones early in the round and made a really good par save on the ninth which kept the round going.”
“I’m really, really happy. I felt like I played better in the Czech Republic, but my short game was great this week and saved me many times.”
“I had chances coming in and I felt like I needed to make a couple more. I feel bad for Lee as he played great.”
“It wasn’t comfortable watching him play the last couple of holes. I was wishing I’d made one more birdie. I’m really happy overall with the week and how I played and it’s nice going forward from here.”
“It feels like this win was harder work than in Czech. I didn’t hit the ball as well. I had a week off in between and did some hard work. There’s plenty to work on, but I’m just happy that I won again so soon.”
“It’s special winning here, just down the road from home. It was great hearing all the Dutch fans cheering my name and getting behind me, so thanks to them.”
“Our two countries kind of stick together. I’m really happy that my family was here again, too.”
Lee Slattery, from England and Eduardo de la Riva, from Spain, tied in second place at -18 under par. Lee carding a last round -2 under par 68, while Eduardo showed how it should be done, -7 under par 63.
Lee explained how he missed his chance of winning, but still enjoyed the week;
“I went into today with a great chance of winning, and I feel like I’ve done everything right really apart from pull that last putt a little bit left.”
“I played some great golf again and it’s given me a lot of confidence.”
“To play at the level I have done this week, with a lot of top players in the field, and nearly get the job done is really pleasing and encouraging.”
“To leave myself 75 feet to two-putt for a play-off is asking a lot, it was a lot of pressure.”
“I didn’t hit a great putt on that second one, I’ve got to be honest, but it was probably the first time this week I’ve felt under pressure. Well done to Thomas, he’s a great player.”
“It sets up everything now for the end of the year. I can start preparing for the bigger events at the end of the season.”
“I’ve got a great feeling inside and I’ll be comforted by my family at home, we’ve got a big celebration next week for the win in Russia.”
“A lot of great things have happened these last two weeks and I’ve just got to enjoy it.”
Eduardo said he had played well all week, especially with the putter;
“I played very well today, and all week actually. I’ve been very solid from tee to green and today I was very strong with the putter. I’m very happy to finish with a 63.”
“I knew that I needed a very low round today, but I stuck to my game and just tried to take my chances when they came along. I saw the leaderboards but I was trying not to pay too much attention to them.”