Michael Jones will be the new Tournament Director of the Soudal Open, the Belgian leg of the DP World Tour, which will take place at Rinkven International Golf Club in Schilde in Spring 2022. The 55 year old has both British and Belgian nationality and has lived in Belgium for most of his life. He has been active as a golf manager and golf marketing specialist for over twenty years, including for IMG, amongst others.
Michael Jones, Soudal Open
As an amateur, Jones won the 1989 Jack Du Vivier Belgian National Order of Merit and also competed in several European Tour and Challenge Tour events in Belgium. Although he does not have as much time to practice, he still plays off a handicap of +0.7 and has represented Belgium in the Senior National Team since turning 50 in 2016.
“As you can imagine, with my passion for the game of golf and my career in professional golf management, it is a great honour for me to take on the role of Tournament Director of the Soudal Open”, said Jones. “Having a world renowned title sponsor such as Soudal and with the professionalism of Golazo, I am convinced that we are in a great position to deliver an outstanding tournament, not only for the Belgian and international golf spectators but also for the competitors that will take part.”
Michel Francken, CEO Golazo Events Belgium, commented: “We are delighted that Michael is joining forces with the Soudal Open team. His long experience, his excellent contacts with the Tour players and his knowledge of the game of golf will allow him to take charge of the Soudal Open and to draw up the guidelines for the coming years. We are looking forward to turning the Soudal Open into a Belgian landmark event together with Michael and our partners.”
A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty. This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship). A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the “secret weapon” of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.
“He’s a good guy, he’s been through a lot as a sportsman and he’s the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I’m not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period. “. These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed ‘the Baltimore Shark’, important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. “The mental aspect is something I’ve worked on a lot with him lately. I’m really lucky to have him around. Besides, he’s a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value.” This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.