Pieters (4-1) sets European rookie mark


CHASKA, Minn. – Thomas Pieters shined again in Sunday’s loss for the Europeans.

With his 3-and-2 victory against J.B. Holmes, Pieters became the first European in Ryder Cup history to win four points in his rookie debut.

Pieters was 4-1 on the week. He won more points than Justin Rose (2), Martin Kaymer (1), Lee Westwood (0), Andy Sullivan (0) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (0) combined.

The 24-year-old Belgian teamed with Rory McIlroy to go 3-0 in partnered matches. Pieters' only loss came in the opening foursomes, when Americans Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar defeated Pieters and Westwood, 5 and 4.

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“I didn’t feel like a rookie, so I think that was good, especially being paired with Rory,” Pieters said. “It was smooth sailing and gave me all the confidence going into today.”

Pieters lost the first two holes to Holmes Sunday but rallied with back-to-back birdies to square the match. He birdied four of seven holes on the back nine to put Holmes away.

“I thought I did pretty good being two down after two holes,” Pieters said. “I made plenty of birdies, and that’s what you have to do to win.”