Pi­eters still feel­ing ef­fects of the Ry­der Cup

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Thomas Pi­eters ad­mits the ex­er­tions of the Ry­der Cup have taken their toll as he pre­pares to play in the Al­fred Dun­hill Links Championship this week. The Bel­gian was one of the stand­out per­form­ers for Europe in Hazel­tine de­spite be­ing a rookie, play­ing five matches and pick­ing up four points. Now the 24-year-old must quickly adapt to play­ing on the Euro­pean Tour once again at the Scot­tish tour­na­ment, which is played at St An­drews, Kings­barns and Carnoustie. “It was an ex­haust­ing week. Get­ting up at 4 or 5am ev­ery day and play­ing 36 holes two days in a row in that kind of en­vi­ron­ment takes a lot out of you,” said Pi­eters. “But I’m happy to be here in Scot­land and a lit­tle bit rested – though not really.” Pi­eters also feels he han­dled the pres­sure of the Ry­der Cup and was pleased with his own per­for­mance as Europe lost 17-11. He added: “I was play­ing well right be­fore, but you still have to come through in that type of en­vi­ron­ment and it was new to me, but I think I han­dled my­self well.”

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