Cape Town - His last visit to Australia yielded glory for his
country, and Thomas Pieters is aiming for more success in a very different
format at the World Super 6 Perth.
The Belgian is the tournament favourite at Lake
Karrinyup Country Club, arriving in Perth on the back of seven straight top 30
finishes worldwide, and less than three months after lifting the Melbourne World Cup of Golf trophy alongside countryman Thomas Detry.
"Goals-wise, I would love to make it to Sunday, and I think if you just make it to Sunday, anybody's got a chance. It's always nice (to be one of the favourites). I'm playing decent golf, hitting the ball quite nice, I just haven't put four really good rounds together. So, it's just a matter of time, I think. I'm quite positive about the next few months," said Pieters.
He may have missed the cut when he last teed it
up on the Lake Karrinyup layout in 2014, but the Ryder Cup player has long put
those memories behind him and is looking forward to the exciting mix of stroke
play and match play that also features in his own event, the Belgian Knockout,
which made its debut on the European Tour last season.
"At the Belgian Knockout it's not quite the same, but we have a knockout
stage as well after 36 holes. I just like new ideas and I think it
makes it interesting for the public to watch on TV. I think that's where
golf is going to go or needs to go, especially with young guys playing
aggressive golf. It's fun to watch," said Pieters.
Home favourite and Major winner Geoff Ogilvy is
also relishing the format this week, which features 54 holes of traditional stroke play across the first three days
followed by six-hole knockout match play in the fourth and final round.
The 2006 US Open champion has recently returned to his homeland
after 20 years in the United States.
He is looking forward to spending time
with some of the young Australian players in the field this week, including
23-year-old Lucas Herbert, who made his mark on the European Tour last season
after finishing in third place in this event.
"Lucas (Herbert) is doing a pretty good job. He's one of the young Australians who I think is doing it right, going through Europe first, learning the craft of the game. One of the things I would love to do when I'm at home is just play golf with all these guys, play with an ulterior motive that will help me get better too, I think," said Ogilvy.
"If they can learn anything from me either just by watching or any advice they ask or anything like that, that would be great. It's a nice thing if each generation can kind of keep helping the generation before."