Q&A

Below you can read my thoughts on a variety of topics. If there’s a question you want to ask, just fill in the form and I’ll try to answer.

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If you could travel back in time, when and where would you go?

I’d love to rewind to September 2016. I will be forever grateful for my week at the Ryder Cup in Minnesota.

Favourite course you've played on the European Tour?

Leopard Creek in South Africa, no doubt. The views on that course are amazing! The Old Course at St. Andrews stands as a very worthy second place. Outside of the European Tour, I’d pick Pebble Beach - every hole is something special on that course.

What’s your best Callaway club in the bag?

My wedges, for sure. Mr. Cleveland made them exactly to my preferences. I always enjoy hitting a long drive, too.

How many hours a week do you spend in the gym?

I have a workout schedule that works around the tournaments. In order to stay fit and grow stronger, I do 5 to 6 workouts a week, supervised by my physio.

What’s your longest recorded drive?

+/- 420 yards during the NH Collection Open in Spain in 2014.

What went through your mind during the play-off with Jimenez at the Spanish Open?

To be honest, not much. I just thinking about trying to win the tournament.

Do you prefer to hit a draw or fade with your driver? What about irons?

I prefer a straight ball-flight with my driver, and I like to fade my irons.

What would you have done for a living if golf didn't work out?

Professional snowboarding

What do you eat on the course?

A healthy nut mix, banana or apples, a sandwich and the occasional Haribo candy for when I’m low on sugar… or for when I just want candy.

Who coaches you?

At the moment, my coaches are Pete Cowen (swing), Gommaar Dhulst (physique) and Mike Small (course management, mentor). Bart Bollen coached me from 2000 through to 2014, although I still sometimes go to him for putting advice.

What are your goals for 2016?

To complete a rubics’ cube under 2 minutes. No, seriously, I’d rather not share this with anyone. I’m not concentrating on World ranking or Race to Dubai ranking though. A better ranking comes together with good results.

How far away are you from playing on the PGA Tour?

About 5,000 miles ;]

Who would you choose for your dream 4-ball?

Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and Michael Jordan

What is your lowest official round?

62 in the third round of the 2015 KLM Open

What’s your most memorable putt?

My final putt at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational during college: 14 feet, downhill, left-to-right for birdie, which in the end gave me the win. I’ll also always remember the putt that came back to my feet during the play-off at the Open de España against Jimenez.

Which shot are you particularly proud of?

My second shot at the 15th during the 2014 Spanish Open - I hit an 8-iron on the par-5 to two feet, made eagle, and took the lead.

Ever made a hole in one?

Yes. My first one was on the 6th Hole (190y / 174m) at Cherry Hills Country Club during the 2nd Round of the 2012 US Amateur Match Play against Albin Choi. The second one was more recently on the 13the Hole (215y / 197m) at Albatross Golf Resort on Pro-Am Wednesday of the 2015 Czech Masters.

How does a tournament day look like for you?

Depending on my tee time, I go to the gym in the morning. Then I’m at the golf course for 7 hours. After the round, I stretch, eat and go to sleep.

If you could, which golf rule would you change?

The rule that you can’t take mulligans. A second serve would come in handy from time to time.

How important is distance in your game?

​It is important, but hitting it straight is more important. When I play courses that are more open, it definitely gives me an advantage hitting shorter clubs into the greens.

What did you study in college?

​I studied Sports Management at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA) from 2010 to 2013, while also being part of the golf team.

QUICK FACTS

Favourite male athletes > Roger Federer, Michael Jordan and Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather

Favourite female athlete > Kim Clijsters

Favourite movie > Columbiana, The Dark Knight

Favourite artist > Kendrick Lamar

​Favourite Book > Andre Agassi’s biography

Favourite TV shows > Friends, The Office and Californication

Favourite food > Pasta and chicken

Favourite restaurant > ‘Frituur de Vijfhoek’ in hometown Nijlen, Belgium

Biggest disappointment > No Nando’s in Belgium

Biggest fear > An appointment at the dentist

Guilty pleasure > Haribo candy

How do you want to be remembered > As a good (future) dad

Happiest moment > 16th October 2016, the birth of my nephew

Actor I would want to play me in a movie about my life > Batman in Batman

Cartoon character that best describes me > Spongebob

One thing I’ve always dreamt about doing > Drive an F1 Car

I love my life because > I’m living my dream