If at first you don’t succeed, Detry, Detry again. This lousy pun only works in the written word, not phonetically.
Thomas Detry (pronounced Deh-tree) has played some stellar golf in his two appearances at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship. Two is where he finished on the leaderboard in 2022, just one shot away from forcing a playoff to pursue his first career PGA Tour victory.
The Belgian is still seeking that win. This is about as good of an opportunity he’s going to get.
In 2021, Detry bounced back from an opening round 2-over-par 73 at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship to finish T-22nd after carding 66-68-70. He clearly got the hang of things at Port Royal. The former Fighting Illini posted 64-67-68-67 last year.
"“The course is straightforward. As a matter of fact, I only played nine holes and I think the key out here was really knowing that bermudagrass, chipping around the greens, getting some good lines off the tee,” Detry was transcribed by Tee Scripts in 2022. “But my caddie was there to help me out with that. Yeah, I think that was really the key out there, but definitely playing last year was a massive bonus and hopefully I can use that experience tomorrow.”"
Detry hasn’t missed a cut on either the PGA Tour or DP World Tour since July. He has three top-25s and seven top-50s in his last nine events.
He’s been a top-50 putter on the PGA Tour this season from a Strokes Gained perspective. He’s also in the positive in SG: Around-the-Green. If the wind is up, his short game should be able to hold up when everyone’s missing greens.
Detry finished 55th in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He’s No. 62 in the FedEx Cup Fall, so you know he’d love a good week to crack the top 60 to get into the first two Signature Events in 2024.