Unfazed by rookie status at Hazeltine, the Belgian can also shine on his Augusta bow.
Thomas Pieters, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood – three Masters debutants who could take Augusta by storm.
The reason for Thomas Pieters’ easygoing confidence might not be clear, but its value in a game of negligible margins is conspicuous.
It’s wholly authentic too, not a false mask for doubts and insecurities. Hard facts back the demeanour up: a star amateur in Belgium; a glittering American college stint; a seamless European Tour assimilation; three wins within two years; then THAT Ryder Cup debut.
Aesthetics do too; his dynamic action standing out even when viewed alongside a range of elite golfers. Pieters sounds the real deal, looks the real deal and has performed like the real deal.
He is major-lite so far though, with just two – The Open and US PGA – on his CV. In April, he’ll make his debut at Augusta – “of course, it’s a dream for anyone” – to make it three.
He admits the Masters is his favourite major, with both his idols having notable history there.
“The biggest influence on my golf? That’s easy: Tiger. You just wouldn’t watch anyone else when you were young. Just Tiger,” he says.
“His win in 2005 is one of my big memories. But when I grew up a bit and started playing more I loved Adam Scott’s swing. When I got friends with him – which I got way too excited about – it was pretty cool.”
While Pieters is as wide-eyed as Pieters ever gets about the prospect of following his idols to the Masters, it won’t be his first time at Augusta, having been when he was at college in America.
It was during his time at the University of Illinois the young man from Antwerp felt he could make it. And another Augusta luminary played a part in convincing him.
“I always thought I’d be able to become a tour pro, but I knew it would be hard. Then in my second college year I won a couple of big NCAAs at Riviera and Jordan (Spieth) was there. That’s when I thought I could be good at this.”
He’s one of the longest hitters on tour and his putting can be streaky good. So while Spieth almost won on his Masters debut, don’t be surprised if, three years later, Pieters follows suit.