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Nicolas Colsaerts

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/14/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 154

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Nicolas Colsaerts can go low on the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, but can he maintain the pace for four days in this week’s Portugal Masters?
The big hitter’s year has been built on back-to-back top tens (a lucrative T3 in the BMW PGA Championship and T8 at the Nordea Masters) since when he’s gone off the boil. T19 in Scottish Open hinted at better, but the round three 78 was a sign of things to come. Two 75s led to an early departure in the PGA Championship, he lasted one round in the Paul Lawrie Match Play, withdrew from the Made in Denmark, then opened with an 80 last week in the KLM Open; a R2 70 didn’t rescue the week. He can go low on this course though. He is 5-for-6 and has made the last five cuts, with three top 20s including T2 in the 36-hole renewal in 2014. Moreover he has twice led after one lap (alone in 2014 after a 60, shared in 2015 post-64) and shot a 63 on Saturday last year. Sep 19 - 10:14 AM

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Nicolas Colsaerts spun a 5-under-par 36-31=67 in round two of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links, advancing 21 places up the live leaderboard to fifth spot and just two strokes behind leading trio Padraig Harrington, Alexander Knappe and Callum Shinkwin.

The Belgian scribbled seven birdies on his scorecard today to arrive at 7-under 137 at the midpoint. Teeing off at No. 10, Colsaerts made an opening par and then registered back-to-back circles at 11 and 12. However, by the end of his opening nine he'd given both shots back after swallowing bogeys at 14 and 17. No matter, Colsaerts decided to put the disappointment behind him by coming home in just 31 blows. The former Ryder Cup star took flight with a trio of birdies at 2, 3 and 4 before signing off with two more par breakers at 8 and 9 to put himself bang in contention for the weekend. Colsaerts has a solid bank of strong links form and was T3 in this event at Castle Stuart last year after a pair of closing 66s. Anything like a repeat would take him a long way this weekend.
Jul 14 - 1:20 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts has a strong recent record in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, can he continue it at new venue Dundonald Links in Troon, Ayrshire this week?

Since his re-emergence onto the European Tour in 2010 the Belgian is 12-for-15 in Scotland, a run that includes three top ten finishes at Castle Stuart in this event, T9 in the Dunhill Links Championship and T9 in the Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links. He missed the cut last week in Ireland, on links again of course, but his T3 in the BMW PGA Championship and T8 a week later in the Nordea Masters show that there is decent form not too far away. Any doubts of his links ability should reference his T7 in the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012.
Jul 11 - 12:04 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts crosses the border to make an 11th appearance in the Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris this week.

On his first visit to the course back in 2003 the Belgian opened with a 66 to lead the field on Thursday night. Never again has he gone so low. If that suggests he has a poor record, it’s untrue – he has a solid enough log book there – but he’s never ever quite got back into contention. In 2011 and 2012 he was T9 and T8 heading into the final round, finishing T11 both times. Last year he was T6 at halfway and ended the week T22. It’s that sort of track for him; nearly but not quite. In total he is 7-for-10. He is 35th on the Race to Dubai, a position somewhat flattering to his overall form, being boosted by his final round 65 at Wentworth which earned him third. That said T8 in the Nordea Masters and T26 last week shows he’s not entirely rested on his laurels.
Jun 27 - 8:28 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts blitzed the West Course at Wentworth with a 7-under-par 31-34=65 to end the BMW PGA Championship in a tie for third, three behind winner Alex Noren on 8-under 280.

The Belgian has transformed his season with one lap of Wentworth, having failed to notch one top 20 throughout 2017. He thrashed four front nine birdies at 1, 4, 7 and 9 before enjoying a dramatic back nine. He made an eagle-3 at the 12th then followed it with a bogey-5. A birdie-2 was next at 14, but he lurched to a double bogey-6 at 15. Birdie-3 at 16 and another eagle-3 (at 18) more than atoned. The result is his first top 20 at Wentworth, improving on the T22 he managed in both the last two years.
May 28 - 1:52 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts feels a big week is coming soon and past course form suggests it could be in this week's Rocco Forte Open at Verdura GC in Sicily, Italy.

Although this is a new event on the European Tour, Verdura was used for the 2012 Sicilian Open in which the Belgian shot 67-71-69-69 to finish in a tie for third. Looking back, Colsaerts told "I liked my first experience of the place a couple of years ago so when I heard we were coming back here, I put my hand up. I remember a very good course, I remember the green set-ups were quite nice, there's picturesque holes by the water but it's actually pretty demanding if the wind blows a bit." The former Ryder Cup star had some good moments in the two events held in China recently but couldn't piece four rounds together, finishing T39 and T42. "I feel like I'm playing good enough but it's just these little details that when you add them all up make a bit of a difference," he said. For now, his best finish of 2017 remains T28 at the Qatar Masters.
May 17 - 10:12 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts is a previous champion in the Volvo China Open and he needs to revive those good vibes at Topwin Golf & CC this week.

Three T3s through the early section of the 2016 season were given an extra buff of respectability for the Belgian with a T4 at the DP World Tour Championship, but the brutal reality is that he hasn’t won since mid 2012 – too long for a player of his ability and 2017 has not started well. Seven events in he is 151st in the Race to Dubai and T28 in the Qatar Masters is his best result. Next best was last week’s T37 in the Shenzhen International, which he concluded with a 67, but it’s paltry stuff. Perhaps good memories of the event will prompt a recovery: he won this tournament in 2011, was second in defense and was T3 heading into the final round here at Topwin 12 months ago before a 72 left him T15.
Apr 25 - 10:39 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts has been slow out of the blocks in 2017; he'll try and hit the gas with a big performance in this week's Trophée Hassan II in Morocco.

While young compatriot Thomas Pieters was finishing T4 at the Masters, the original trailblazer for Belgian golf has had to sit and watch for the last few weeks. Colsaerts isn't getting into the big events anymore and his world ranking has slipped further in 2017 to its current position of 147th. There were some encouraging signs in 2016 when he logged a trio of top three finishes in the space of seven events before ending the season with T4 at the prestigious DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. But he's cashed just twice in five starts in 2017 with T28 in Qatar and T60 at the Hero Indian Open in his most recent event. Colsaerts once had a top 20 at this week's course, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, in his Challenge Tour days (2002) but didn't play the par 72 when it returned to the schedule last year.
Apr 12 - 4:48 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts made the top five on his last start in the United Arab Emirates and will hope to replicate that impressive performance when pegging it up in this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The T4 came in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship and propelled the big-hitting Belgian to 33rd on the 2016 Race to Dubai - his best finish since 11th in 2012, the year he played on Europe’s winning Ryder Cup team at Medinah. Colsaerts has had his moments at Abu Dhabi GC and played a strong final 54 holes to finish T11 in the 2011 edition. He was also T6 after round one in 2012 before ending T24 and T16 at halfway in 2015, eventually settling for T26. Overall, he’s 3-for-5 after missing the cut last year.
Jan 17 - 6:03 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts and Thomas Pieters make a long-hitting alliance for Belgium's challenge in the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia this week.

At first glance the combination of Colsaerts and Thomas Pieters looks magnificent. Colsaerts impressed all on his Ryder Cup debut in 2012, whilst Pieters won four points from five in his bow just a few weeks ago. But in reality, having earned a point in his first match, Colsaerts then lost three straight matches and has never again reached the form of that year – and Pieters has failed to kick-on from his Hazeltine experience, indeed limping to T34 and T40 in the last two events of the ET season. In contrast Colsaerts contended last week in Dubai so perhaps the team can use those good vibes, plus their undoubted friendship, to give the year a final high. Pieters is new to the Melbourne sandbelt experience, whilst Colsaerts has failed to break 70 in eight attempts at Royal Melbourne and Huntingdale. Belgium lacks a storied history in the event: the best finish was fourth back in 1955.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 05:47:00 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts sprinkled his third-round scorecard at the DP World Tour Championship with two eagles and six birdies, a trio of closing 3s completing a 6-under-par 33-33=66 and lifting him to tied second place on the leaderboard.

That's just one swing behind pacesetter Victor Dubuisson. His wild round at the Earth Course on Saturday started with a bogey at 1 before he burst into the lead with birdies at 3, 5 and 6 and an eagle-3 at 7. The Belgian gave shots back at 8 and 9 and wiped out a birdie at 10 with a bogey-6 at 14. But just as it looked as if he was going the wrong way, Colsaerts hit back with a birdie at 16 and a walk-off eagle at the closing hole to post 12-under 204. That's a leap of six spots on 'Moving Day' and sets up him for a crack at winning his first European Tour title since 2012.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 08:04:00 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts birdied two of the final four holes in a 1-under-par 36-35=71 to remain part of the conversation through 36 holes of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

At 6-under 136, he's just three behind halfway leaders Sergio Garcia and Francesco Molinari. He dropped six spots today to T8 but showed admirable patience after playing his first 14 holes in 1-over and getting nowhere on the greens. The Belgian went to the turn in 36 blows after balancing a bogey at 5 with a birdie at 7 before he gave another shot away at 10. Failing to birdie the par-5 14th for the second day running tested his resolve but Colsaerts responded with red numbers at 15 and 17 to stay inside the top 10. It means he remains on track to beat his best previous result at the Earth Course, T19 in 2011.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 09:10:00 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts authored a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-33=67 in round one of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, good enough for a share of top spot on the leaderboard with Julien Quesne.

This is the Belgian's fifth visit to the European Tour's season closer and today's lap matches his low 18 (R3 in 2011 and R4 in 2014). Colsaerts scribbled pars at each of his five opening holes and then made a move with birdies at 6 and 7. He continued the good work on the back nine and splashed further red at 10 and 15 before a walk-off birdie tied the lead. He entered the battle for the $8m prize fund ranked 39th on the Race to Dubai although without a top 10 since July's Scottish Open. Right now, Colsaerts and Quesne hold a two-shot lead in the clubhouse.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 05:02:00 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts heads to this week's British Masters, knowing it will be played on a course that might make a neat fit with his game – The Grove in Hertfordshire.

The Belgian's career has two distinct phases: the young buck stage (when he missed the cut four times in this event) and the post-maturity stage (he was T69 last year). What piques the interest more this week is that a new course offers new possibilities and Colsaerts might like the test. The Grove is a Kyle Phillips design and Colsaerts has previous on others: he was T3 at Verdura in the 2012 Sicilian Open and T7 at PGA Sweden in the 2015 Nordea Masters. He's on a run of 15-for-17 which has included 11 top 25 finishes. Whilst length is not a prerequisite at The Grove if a big-hitter strikes a rich vein of form it will undoubtedly be an advantage with plenty of par-5s and short par-4s vulnerable to long drives, which would suit Colsaerts.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 05:18:00 AM

Big-hitting Nicolas Colsaerts has usually struggled when teeing it up at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns during the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

He's only proved it once in this event (when T9 in 2011) but the big Belgian is a sneaky good links performer when on his game, such as when claiming three top tens at Castle Stuart and finishing T7 in the 2012 Open Championship. All that said, perhaps this week's format is a problem: 2011 is the only time he has finished in the top 50 in 5 tries and he only made Sunday last year (when T57) thanks to a third round 67, otherwise he struggled. After a few early stutters his season is ticking along nicely (he's currently on a run of 14-for-16 and ranked 33rd on the Race to Dubai). In 2012 he left the Ryder Cup having announced himself as a big-hitting Belgian; many predicted bigger and better things. Four years on he's been usurped. He won't have a beef with his friend Pieters, but will he be prompted to up his game?
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 06:04:00 AM