20 Things You Didn't Know About Thomas Detry

Get to know the Belgian PGA Tour pro's life and career better with these 20 facts about him

Thomas Detry plays a hybrid shot
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Thomas Detry facts:

1. Detry was born on January 13th 1993. His birthplace was Uccle, Belgium.

2. He started playing golf when he was 5, but also played tennis and hockey. He started competing in international golf tournaments when he was 13 years old.

3. He studied at the Topsportschool Vlaanderen in Hasselt, Belgium until 2012. These kinds of schools allow pupils to combine their secondary education with intensive education and training in a specific sport.

4. In 2009, when he was 16 years old, Detry won the Dutch Junior Open, a competition for young golfers aged under 21.

5. Detry was selected for the Junior Ryder Cup team in 2010 which lost to a USA team that included Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

6. Following fellow golfer and good friend Thomas Pieters, Detry studied Business Management at the University of Illinois from 2012 to 2016.

Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters with the World Cup of Golf and a large Belgian flag in 2018

Detry and Pieters won the 2018 World Cup of Golf for Belgium

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7. He was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2013 and the Big Ten Golfer of the Year in 2015. After winning the 2016 Big Ten Championship, he was ranked among the ten top amateur golfers in the world by World Amateur Golf Ranking.

8. Detry turned professional after graduating in 2016.

9. His handicap was plus-6 when he turned pro.

10. He competed in the Challenge Tour in 2016 and quickly found success winning the Bridgestone Challenge during the same year.

11. In his Bridgestone Challenge win, he shot 29-under-par to equal the record for the lowest score-to-par in Challenge Tour history. He also set a new record for the biggest winning margin of 12 strokes.

12. He is yet to win an individual title on the DP World Tour but does have five runner-up finishes.

13. He and Thomas Pieters won the 2018 World Cup of Golf for Belgium.

14. Detry is a Callaway staff player and also has an apparel partnership with BOSS. Other sponsors include Rolex, G/FORE, Delen Private Bank and Mannes.

15. With his G/FORE partnership, he is known for wearing the brand's colorful gloves.

A close up of Thomas Detry's blue G/FORE glove

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16. Detry's caddie is Lee Warne, a former greenkeeper who has previously been on the bag of Alex Noren, Branden Grace, Scott Jamieson and Nicolai Hojgaard.

17. His career-high world ranking is 71st.

18. His best Major finish is a T13 at the 2023 Open.

19. Detry represented Belgium at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics alongside Thomas Pieters. He finished T22nd.

Thomas Detry at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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20. He has earned over €5.43m on the DP World Tour and over $3m on the PGA Tour.

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Thomas Detry bio
BornJanuary 13 1993, Uccle, Belgium
Turned pro2016 (+6 handicap)
CollegeUniversity of Illionois
Pro wins2
Career-high world ranking71st

How far does Thomas Detry drive the ball?

Detry is a long hitter, averaging 307.7 yards during the 2023 PGA Tour season to rank 43rd. He averaged 307.4 yards on the DP World Tour in 2023, which placed him 46th in the list and over 13 yards longer than tour average. His biggest-hitting season came in 2022 when he averaged 315.5 yards on the DP World Tour.

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