Pieters counters: 'I love America and your people'


Evidently, Nicolas Colsaerts does not speak for Thomas Pieters.

Pieters made a strong impression on the American golf audience last week, going 4-1-0 in his Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine. In the process, Pieters became the first European in team history to earn four points as a Ryder rookie.

And as of just a few days ago, it seemed as if Pieters was in agreement with teammates Danny Willett and Martin Kaymer, both of whom took parting shots at U.S. fans in the days following the Ryder Cup.

Speaking to the Telegraph in London on Wednesday, Pieters fellow Belgian, Nicolas Colsaerts, offered the following comments concerning Pieters' future plans to play on the PGA Tour.

“We have talked about it [playing in the US] a little bit,” Colsaerts said, referring to Pieters. “I don’t think he would want to be surrounded by Americans 365 days a year. People think that because he went to the US that he only wants to play the PGA Tour, but he has shown at the Ryder Cup, with his shushing of the crowd and the way he plays, that he doesn’t like them that much.”

Of course, Pieters didn't make those comments himself, and on Saturday, he made sure to disavow them, tweeting:

Pieters is currently playing the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and sits at 5 under through three rounds, in a tie for 31st.

Just in case you've forgotten about his prodigious power in the last week, here's a video of him driving the green on a 407-yard par 4 on Thursday: