Jan-Willem Baas won the FIFG 500 Portugal Open last weekend after a playoff against Wesley van den Broek. The Dutch is lucky, he can practice FootGolf next to his home. It helped him to sharpen his putts.
You must have enjoyed the Portugal open...
Just like the first two editions I had a great time. I like the course very much as well as the way everything was organised by the Portugal federation. I respect the way how they’ve dealt with the extreme weather conditions on Friday and digging new holes till late in the evening, even in the night. They gave more than 100 percent to make the players happy and for sure this is one of the main reasons why this tournament is so popular among the players.
What made you the champion of the tournament?
My putting is probably the main key point to this victory, except my miss from 1,5 meter on hole 12 on Sunday. I’m not a hard hitter like Wesley van den Broek or Ben Clarke, but on this short course this was not a real disadvantage. And beside my putting I think that the fact that I’m always pretty calm and relaxed on the course also has a positive effect on my results. On Saturday I started with a triple bogey on hole 1, but I didn’t panic and told myself that this was just one hole and kept confidence.
How do you prepare to compete in tournaments like these?
I have no special way to prepare myself during tournaments. I try to play on all the tournaments that are organized by FootGolf Holland and in I play every Wednesday evening on the course of Crimpenerhout, which is luckily so close to my house. I’m pretty addicted to the game, so I just try to play as much as I can.