Thomas Detry is making his Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship debut this week. Fortunately for him, this is a new event so no one has amassed a ton of course history.
The 27-year-old Belgian has come oh so close to winning this summer on the European Tour. Detry has two runner-ups at the Hero Open and Celtic Classic, as well as T-8th at the Austrian Open in seven starts since the tour restarted.
He left the Euro Tour’s bubble to come to the U.S. Open last week. In his first major championship start, Detry posted T-49th at Winged Foot (71-72-73-81) and was higher up the leaderboard before a tough Sunday.
Nonetheless, he’s still got a lot to be happy with. The former Illinois Fighting Illini ranked 27th in the field in strokes gained putting (.243) and also was a plus on approach.
Detry is third on the Euro Tour in scoring average (69.28). He’s also 15th in greens in regulation (73.94%) and averages 313.51 yards off the tee for 46th.
A win this week would creep him toward the coveted top 50 in the world. It’s surprising to see he hasn’t won anywhere since his rookie year as a pro at the 2016 Bridgestone Challenge on the Challenge Tour. Detry tied the Challenge Tour 72-hole record of 29-under, so you know he’s got immense talent.
Plus, he does have a joint win shared with countryman Thomas Pieters at the 2018 World Cup of Golf.