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Pieters trying to process Belgium terrorist attacks


Antwerp resident received stunning news at WGC-Dell Match Play

Thomas Pieters is now back in Belgium, still trying to process the terrorist attacks that took place in his home country just over a week ago.

The 24-year-old lives in Antwerp, less than an hour north of Brussels Airport and the subway station where three blasts killed 35 people and wounded more than 300.

 “It was a very tough day,” Pieters said via telephone last Wednesday, reflecting on the horrific events from eight days ago. “I wanted to be at home but I couldn’t be.”

Instead, he was at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, where he awoke to a flurry of text messages and news of the bombings.

While trying to get updates from back home, Pieters also had golf to play. Considering the circumstances, he performed more than admirably.

Once the golf was over it was time to get back to life and to Belgium.

 “It’s nice to be home,” said Pieters, who plays most of his golf on the European Tour but has made three starts this season on the PGA TOUR and hopes to play here more in the future. “There are lots of flags hanging everywhere and everyone is very sad.”

 “People are trying to get on with their lives. You can’t stay inside forever.”

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