The Saturday of Manon De Roey, golf champion: lunch with or without eggs, practicing the art of forgetting and having a drink incognito on a terrace.
“I spend at least half of my Saturdays traveling to participate in tournaments. When I’m in Belgium, I like to stay home.” Last month, Manon De Roey (30) won the Aramco Team Series in Thailand on the Ladies European Tour, the most important circuit in women’s golf after the American LPGA Tour. It had been 25 years since a Belgian had triumphed at this level. The young Belgian, a professional golfer since 2015, has also finished third three times this season. “I had to wait a long time to get a victory, but thanks to my victory in Thailand, I can play the whole European Tour for the next two years.”
This weekend he will participate in the Scandinavian Mixed in Sweden, a mixed tournament as its name suggests. “The number of prizes is the same for men and women. Hopefully one day this will be the case everywhere… And that I’ll still be on the circuit!” (laughs)
8:30 a.m. – “If I am not participating in a tournament, I have breakfast with my partner Stefan: granola, yogurt and fruit. During the competitions, I add eggs. Since this type of tournament starts on Thursday, Friday night, I know if I can start my weekend Then it’s “tee time” from 8 to 11 a.m. I arrive an hour and a half early for my ritual: a half hour of putting or forty minutes of hitting balls, followed by some chipping, a few bunker shots and a few putts, then I practice from the tee before starting a course where I train for four or five hours.
9:30 a.m. – “When I get home, I stretch to relax my muscles. I mainly do mobility and core-training to strengthen the core. I don’t need machines for that, a few rubber bands or straps are enough. I go to the Rinkven golf club in Schilde.”
11:00 – “I train on my long game, my short game, my chipping and my putting. After an hour, if it goes well, I stop.”
12:30 pm. – “I’m going to have lunch with my parents, who live near the club. Our whole family plays golf.”
2:00 p.m. – “During a tournament, after the competition, I work for an hour on the points that were not good. In Belgium, I go to the course in the afternoon to do 9 or 18 holes. Stefan helps me a bit. I am also trying to stop. playing golf. Just kidding! Playing together is fun and can get competitive. For tournaments, I almost always travel alone. I don’t have a caddy and I don’t even bring my coach, it’s expensive. On the other hand, wherever I go, I have M&M’s, my guilty pleasure.”
4:30 pm. – “We go for a little bike ride in Kontich, where we live, to clear our minds. At tournaments, I always have my iPad and I watch ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ on Netflix. I no longer have a mental coach: I feel strong: even a bad blow, I manage to forget it quickly. Yes, it is quite an art.
Favorite TV show:
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ on Netflix and ‘To Catch a Smuggler’ on National Geographic, to distract me.”
5:30 pm. – “We stopped at a terrace. Since my victory in Thailand they recognize me and everyone greets me. I spend time with my fans, but if I go with normal clothes, with loose hair and sunglasses, they don’t recognize me.”
7:00 p.m. – “At home it’s almost always Stefan who cooks: a lot of vegetables, chicken or fish, sometimes meat, but never pasta: I eat enough during tournaments!”
9:00 pm. – “I am fond of almost all sports, especially hockey, which I practiced from the age of 5 to 18. I have little time for other things. In Belgium I like to stay calm at home. Sometimes it’s nice to do nothing.” Or just watch ‘To Catch a Smuggler’ on National Geographic.”
11:00 p.m. – “I have an excellent sleep. I fall asleep as soon as I go to bed; happiness.”