Thomas Dettrey was shocked after finishing second at the Scottish Open after a stellar performance. On the eve of the British Open, which starts this Thursday at the Royal St George’s Links, his coach Jerome Theuniss takes stock of his pupil’s progress.
What lessons do you take from Thomas’ performance in Scotland?
“Virtually, I think it’s the best tournament of his career. He was strong in all areas of the game for four rounds. He played long hours, he returned complex puts under pressure, he showed great technical and tactical mastery. For nothing, but good deed!”
But, upon arrival, he finished second for the sixth time in his career and still hasn’t won that famous first win on the Tour?
“It’s true. But this time he has nothing to be ashamed of. He did everything well. He gave his all. He just ran into an extraordinary Lee, who hit six birdies in a row on the last day. He had nothing to be disappointed about. There is no reason. Quite the contrary!”
We think 28-year-old Thomas is constantly improving. Is this your opinion too? How far can he climb the stairs?
“He’s a balanced, intelligent, calm guy. Each tournament serves as his experience. Gradually it matures. Now he has the inner keys to perform. Technically, it’s even more so.” Length has gained. We saw it on the North Berwick course: it’s now almost as tall as Jon Rahm, world n° 1. And mentally, he manages his emotions better and better. This weekend He was very solid even under pressure. I’m not sure he would have made the same putts two years ago. He’s full of confidence. He strikes the flag. It’s a good sign. And, also, I think That he is doing great in his mind. Happy in his life and happy in his job. All the settings are green.”
And now the British Open!
“Yes, that is the icing on the cake. Thomas loves to play on the lynx. At Royal St. George, he will be served. Anything is possible in his current form. He has to show consistency, patience and accuracy. In the British, the ruff is very They are fat. So the balls have to stay on track! But I am very optimistic. His stats are very positive.”
And, in the process, there will be the Olympics. Can we believe the medal?
“Thomas Detri and Thomas Peters are some of the best players in the world. So they will both have their chance. They have a great sporting culture and they are very inspired by this Olympic competition. From next week we will prepare for the Japanese meet together With great ambitions!”
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