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Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/14/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 154
College: Belgium

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Joint first-round leader Nicolas Colsaerts had to settle for an even-par 34-37=71 on day two of the Portugal Masters following an error-ridden back nine.
The Belgian, who had opened with a 64, added six more birdies on Friday, including three on the spin at 15, 16 and 17. But that only tells half the story. Colsaerts racked up an ugly 8 on the par-5 12th, a hole he would have expected to birdie, and followed it with a bogey two holes later. Despite rallying with three par breakers, a walk-off bogey at the last capped a frustrating day for the former Ryder Cup player. At 7-under 135 he's now seven shots behind leader Andy Sullivan having started the day sharing top spot with the Englishman. For the second day running, Colsaerts split just 6 (of 14) fairways while he missed five greens and got up and down just once. Oct 16 - 2:34 PM

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Nicolas Colsaerts hung up a 7-under-par 30-34=64 in round one of the Portugal Masters at Oceanico Victoria Golf Course, good enough for a share of the lead.

The Belgian, who was runner-up in this event last year, made his move with four birdies in five holes from the 11th and capped his burst with an eagle-3 at the 17th. After four more pars, he drained another eagle at the par-5 5th to hit 8-under before dropping his only shot of the day at the 7th and finishing with two pars. He shares top spot with Andy Sullivan, the pair one shot clear of Thomas Pieters, David Drysdale, Eduardo De La Riva and Thomas Aiken. "There's a couple of holes where I can take shortcuts," he said. "It doesn't really matter if I hit it on the fairway or rough. I would rather come with a pitching wedge from the rough than a seven or six iron from the fairway. It is one of those courses where hitting it a long way is definitely an advantage." Colsaerts was also the first-round leader in this tournament 12 months ago when opening with a 60 while he again took day one honours in the recent Open d'Italia when leading the way with a 63.
Oct 15 - 9:27 AM

First-round leader Nicolas Colsaerts recovered from an early slide to shoot 2-under-par 37-33=70 on day two of the Open d'Italia at Golf Club Milano.

He'll go into the weekend in tied third spot after finishing at 11-under 133 -- two shots behind halfway pacesetters Lucas Bjerregaard and Jens Fahrbring. But after 10 holes of his second round, the Belgian had fallen outside the top 20 as he swallowed three bogeys against a single birdie. Colsaerts started his fightback with a birdie at 11 and picked up further shots at 14, 16 and 17 to get back in the mix. He was wild off the tee again, splitting just four (of 14) fairways to go with only six yesterday, but hit 13 greens in regulation for the second day running. The obvious difference was on the greens where he took 29 putts compared to yesterday's 22.
Sep 18 - 12:14 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts carded nine birdies and nine pars in a 9-under-par 31-32=63 to take a two-shot lead after day one of the Open d'Italia.

The Belgian's round started quietly with four pars before he caught fire with eight straight birdies from the 14th to the 3rd. He added a final par breaker at the 8th. His extraordinary scoring blitz at Golf Club Milano equalled the European Tour record for consecutive birdies first set by the great Seve Ballesteros at this very tournament 30 years ago. Colsaerts hit just 6 (of 14 fairways and 13 greens in regulation but was 5-for-5 in scrambling and needed just 22 putts. He said: "I've been waiting for a round like this where everything comes together. It all felt very easy. I was playing very nicely, I only holed a very long one on the second, all the other ones were very makable." He leads by two shots from local hero Francesco Molinari, India's Shiv Kapur and Swede Kristoffer Broberg, who birdied his final five holes.
Sep 17 - 7:22 AM

Former Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts will tee it up in this week's Omega European Masters.

The Belgian was just 1-for-6 at Crans-sur-Sierre between 2001 and 2007 but returned in 2010 to post T23. After another absence he headed to the Swiss mountains again last year and improved to T13 thanks to a closing 65. He remains something of an enigma right now, only showing flashes of the form that helped him win a place on the European team which pulled off a sensational win at Medinah three years ago. The latest evidence of his inconsistency came at the Scottish Open two weeks ago when Colsaerts only finished T62 despite a second-round 65.
Jul 21 - 5:20 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts will play in just his second Lyoness Open at Diamond County this week and first since 2010.

Colsaerts missed the cut on his only previous start at the Austrian event although did shoot a second-round 69. Now, he'll be looking to enjoy another solid week on the European mainland after two good performances in the last month. The big-hitting Belgian was T22 in The BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and, after missing the cut in the Irish Open at windy Royal County Down, posted his best result of 2015 when T7 at last week's Nordea Masters in Sweden. He currently sits 80th on the Race To Dubai.
Jun 9 - 6:02 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts missed three short putts over the final five holes in a 3-under-par 32-37=69 on day one of the BMW PGA Championship.

The Belgian will be kicking himself. Six birdies against two bogeys over the first 14 holes put Colsaerts into a tie for the lead before he missed from short range at 15. A holed bunker shot at the next lifted the former Ryder Cup star back into a tie before he missed another tiddler at 17 to make a bogey-6. His putting woes didn't end there as a horrid stroke from inside four feet at the last dribbled wide and left him one behind leaders Miguel Angel Jiménez, Jorge Campillo and Chris Wood.
May 21 - 8:46 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts arrives at this week's Open de España on the back of two missed cuts in China.

The Belgian will hope a return to the European mainland will change his fortunes after failing to cash in both the Volvo China Open (76-71) and Shenzhen International (73-77). He certainly has fond memories of Spain after winning the 2012 Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesín Golf Club. He's also finished T6 (2010) and T7 (2012) in recent editions of the Open de España while he posted a T22 when the tournament was last staged at this week's venue, Real Club de Golf El Prat. The former Ryder Cup player has a best finish of T13 (Qatar Masters) this season but has only played in six events.
May 13 - 7:11 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts is 4-for-4 on the European Tour this year and will look to post his first top 10 at this week's Shenzhen International in China.

With four reachable par 5s and wide fairways, Genzon GC should be a perfect fit for the big-hitting Belgian although the theory didn't play out when this venue staged last year's Volvo China Open. Colsaerts missed the cut on that occasion but logic says gamers should give him another chance. The former Ryder Cup star, who has a best finish this season of T13 at the Qatar Masters, hasn't played since February but after a similar break over Christmas he came out and shot a 68 in Abu Dhabi so will again hope to feel the benefits of a break.
Apr 14 - 4:59 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts blitzed the Emirates Golf Club for a 7-under-par 33-32=65 to post the early target on day one of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The big-hitting Belgian burst out of the blocks with four birdies in his first six holes and added another at 18 to turn in 32. He circled further red at holes one and three and put a third '2' on his card with another birdie at the seventh. His only blemish of the day came at his final hole, the tough par-4 463-yard ninth. Summing up his round, Colsaerts admitted that he'd been wayward off the tee but described his iron play as "exceptional". The former Ryder Cup star added that he could easily have shot 10-under. Today's round was his low 18 at the Emirates. He fired a 65 on day three in 2001 and opened with a 66 last year.
Jan 29 - 3:45 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts made the top 10 on his last start in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and returns to contest the 2015 edition.

The big-hitting Belgian missed three of his first four cut at Doha Golf Club but found his feet with a T9 in 2012 when the tournament was reduced to 54 holes. After two years spent largely on the PGA TOUR where he admitted he got "pretty bored" of the hotels and highways lifestyle, Colsaerts returned his focus to the European Tour last summer. The 2012 Ryder Cup star rediscovered some form again with three top six finishes and started his 2015 campaign with a T26 in Abu Dhabi last week.
Jan 19 - 4:53 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts limps into Muirfield Village for the Memorial Tournament.

Colsaerts has failed to cash a check in his last four PGA TOUR starts and hasn't recorded a sub-par score in his last 10 rounds. A member of the 2012 European Ryder Cup team, he now finds himself just hoping to be around for the FedExCup Playoffs later this year at 185th in the standings. After a T25 in 2012 in this event, he missed the cut last season.
Mon, May 26, 2014 10:21:00 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts turned in a 6-under-par 33-33=66 for his opening round of the Maybank Malaysian Open, finishing one stroke off Lee Westwood's clubhouse lead.

We last saw Colsaerts in Houston two weeks ago. He called it quits before his second round due to a neck injury. Today, he outbalanced two bogeys on his first nine -- the back side of Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club -- with eight birdies. He's poised for an interesting schedule over the next few months. The Belgian has logged nine starts on the PGA TOUR, ranks 174th in FedExCup points and is currently eligible only for the U.S. Open among the slate of big-time events. This week's stop in Malaysia is his first start on the European Tour this season. It's a Ryder Cup year and he's currently 131st in the Official World Golf Ranking. It's hard to play so poorly from inside the top 50 that it's not often that a guy of his ilk is facing his logistical challenges, but it projects a busy agenda as long as he remains healthy. Of course, a win this week would go a long way at mending what has unraveled.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 03:18:00 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts withdrew from the Shell Houston Open prior to his second round due to a neck injury.

The Belgian was scheduled to go off the first tee at 12:30 p.m. CT. He opened with a 4-over-par 38-38=76 during which he hit 10 greens but converted only one birdie. His round also included five bogeys, three of which on par 5s. It extends a terrible sophomore season in which he's logged only two top-55 finishes in nine tries. Since Colsaerts didn't qualify for the Masters, his next scheduled start is the Maybank Malaysian Open on April 17-20.
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts posted a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in his opening round of the Valspar Championship.

Colsaerts entered his debut at Copperhead 3-for-5 on the season and 161st in the FedExCup standings. He's fallen to 105th in the Official World Golf Ranking and needs a massive spring and summer if he's going to return to the Ryder Cup in September. Today may prove to be a springboard. He split 10 (of 13) fairways, hit 14 greens in regulation and found four birdies. Three of the par breakers began rolling from outside 10 feet, the longest measuring 15'3" at the par-4 ninth hole. He saved the sub-70 with a par conversion from 12'1" at the par-4 18th before signing his card sitting just one stroke back of the clubhouse co-leaders.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 05:45:00 PM