The Belgian made it European Tour wins in consecutive starts after winning the KLM Open – becoming the first player since Rory McIlroy in 2014 (WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship) to do so.
Pieters, 24, edged out Eduardo de la Riva and Lee Slattery by one stroke, with the latter narrowly missing out on back-to-back wins himself after success at the M2M Russian Open when he missed his 4ft putt to take the tournament to a play-off.
“It feels like this win was harder work than in Czech,” said Pieters. “I didn’t hit the ball as well. I had a week off in between and did some hard work. There’s plenty to work on, but I’m just happy that I won again so soon.
“It was great hearing all the Dutch fans cheering my name and getting behind me, so thanks to them. Our two countries kind of stick together and I’m really happy that my family was here again, too.”
He also tweeted:
Lawrie fades on final day
After leading the way following round one with a blistering nine-under-par 61, the Scot was in contention going in the final round and was only one shot adrift of overnight leaders Slattery and Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
And things were looking good for Lawrie early on with two birdies in his first five holes to get to 17-under. But he never recovered from a double-bogey at the sixth and a bogey at the eighth and finished T10 with a one-over-par 71.
Only five bogeys for Tom Watson through four rounds at the KLM Open as he posted four sub-70 rounds to finish on seven-under-par.
Although he finished 12 shots behind winner Pieters, it’s not a bad effort for a guy who is 66 years young! Think you could post four rounds like this when you’re 66?
Walker Cup stars go pro
After GB&I’s 16.5-9.5 Walker Cup win over USA at Royal Lytham & St Annes, five of the team announced that they were turning professional imminently: Ashley Chesters, Jimmy Mullen, Paul Dunne, Gavin Moynihan and Gary Hurley.
Moynihan is straight into the thick of the action on the European Tour this week after receiving an invite to the Italian Open before going to the first stage of European Tour Q-School, while Hurley is booked in for the Irish Challenge on the Challenge Tour next month.
Meanwhile, Dunne, who held the 54-hole lead at this year’s Open Championship, will also head to European Tour Q-School before making his debut on the tour at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Americans Denny McCarthy and Hunter Stewart have also turned professional after playing in the Walker Cup.