Thomas Pieters was the standout European at the Ryder Cup.
With his 3 and 2 Singles victory on Sunday versus J.B. Holmes, Thomas Pieters set the European rookie record for most points and wins in a single Ryder Cup. His four wins surpass the previous record of three set by several European greats, including Sir Nick Faldo, José María Olazábal and Sergio Garcia. Additionally, the four points scored by Pieters puts him past the 3½ tally set by Paul Way (1983), Sergio Garcia (1999) and Paul Lawrie (1999).
“Thomas Pieters, Europe’s standout performer at last week’s Ryder Cup, has indicated that he wants to earn a PGA Tour card,”
James Corrigan, Daily Telegraph
Earning four points in your first Ryder Cup is going to attract some attention. One obvious perk is recognition and the PGA TOUR opportunities that this will bring, right? Wrong.
Nicolas Colsaerts, his fellow Belgian and close European Tour bud, does not expect him to play in the US permanently because he “doesn’t like Americans that much”.
“We have talked about it [playing in the US] a little bit,” Colsaerts said of his friend, who studied at the University of Illinois.
“I don’t think he would want to be surrounded by Americans 365 days a year. People think that because he went to the US that he only wants to play the PGA Tour, but he has shown at the Ryder Cup, with his shushing of the crowd and the way he plays, that he doesn’t like them that much.”
Nicolas Colsaerts, Europe’s “bad boy”
— Kevin Craggs (@kevincraggsgolf) February 8, 2016
Pieters has always said his American experience was “crucial in my development” but admitted that “adjusting to the American way of life was really tough”.
“I don’t see Thomas moving there and playing any time soon,” added Colsaerts, 33. “He is happy living in Antwerp, where he has a life.”