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Belgium’s Thomas Detry, Thomas Pieters at 2020 US Open in Mamaroneck, New York

Winged Foot Golf Club (©Juan Gomez)

Winged Foot Golf Club (©Juan Gomez)

Thomas Detry, 27, and Thomas Pieters, 28, of Belgium are participating in the 2020 United States Open Championship. Including the two Belgian golfers who currently play on the European Tour, 144 players will compete in the 120th edition of the annual open national championship of golf in the U.S.

Detry was born in Uccle, Belgium on January 13, 1993. He turned professional in June 2016.

Pieters was born in Geel, Belgium on January 27, 1992. He turned professional in 2013 after deciding to forgo his senior year at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois, USA.

Belgium has yet to have a U.S. Open champion. The annual golf competition was established in 1895.


Including Belgium, 27 countries from six continents are represented. The others are Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand and the U.S.

The 2020 U.S. Open will take place at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, USA from September 17–20, 2020. The last time the tournament was held there was in 2006 when Geoff Ogilvy, 43, of Australia won with a score of 5 over par.

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Due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 144-player field consists entirely of exempt players. Professional golfers Daniel Chopra, 46, of Sweden and Anthony Kang, 47, of South Korea will co-host the golf tournament with former professional cricketer Jason de la Peña, 47, of England live on FOX Sports 2 from September 18-21, 2020.

The U.S. Open champions in the past five years were from the U.S. Jordan Spieth, 27, and Dustin “DJ” Johnson, 36, won in 2015 and 2016, respectively, Brooks Koepka, 30, won in 2017 and in 2018 and Gary Woodland, 36, won in 2019.

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