It’s time for another Best and worst, this time with 2016 Ryder Cup player Thomas Pieters. The young Belgian was picked by Captain Darren Clarke after an impressive run of results in 2016.

Thomas Pieters: A bio

Thomas Pieters is a Belgian professional golfer who plays on the European Tour. In 2015 he won back-to-back at the Czech Masters and KLM Open, and finished a career high of 29th in the Race to Dubai Order of Merit.

His first year playing on Tour (2014) included 4 top 15 finishes, and a second placed finish at the Open de España. Thomas progressed through all three stages of the 2013 Qualifying School, taking the 20th card at the Final Stage. After his education at the Top Sport School (Golf) of the Golf Association Flanders (Belgium), where he first met his current coach Pete Cowen, he had a celebrated amateur college career in America, where he won the NCAA Division I Golf Championship in his sophomore year at the University of Illinois.

Thomas started playing golf at the same time as the rest of his family, aged five, after his parents discovered their love of the game on holiday in South Africa.