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Nicolas Colsaerts

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

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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. Oct 11 - 5:18 AM

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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?
Oct 4 - 6:04 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts returns to his home continent for this week's Omega European Masters at the stunning location of Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland.

The Belgian represented his country in the Olympics (T30) and before that missed the cut in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol so will hope familiar European soil will spark him back to life. He's had recent third place finishes in the both the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart and Nordea Masters in Sweden and is 33rd on this year's Race to Dubai. Colsaerts has plenty of experience of this week's par 70 having pegged it up there nine times previously. He missed five of his first six cuts but posted T23 in 2010 and improved to T13 in 2014 after shooting all four rounds in the 60s. When the former Ryder Cup star putts well he often contends so gamers who get him on board will keep their fingers crossed for a good performance on the greens.
Aug 29 - 2:50 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts carded a 3-under-par 35-33=68 to open his week at the Men's Olympic Golf Competition.

The Castle Stuart specialist struggled to figure out the greens early on, trading three bogeys with three birdies on the front nine. Coming home, he played bogey-free 3-under 33 including birdies in three of his last four holes. The Belgian bomber landed 16 greens in regulation today, but couldn't sink enough putts to fire a low round. Colsaerts arrived with podium finishes in three of his last nine starts, internationally, and could find another this week if he can re-calibrate the flat stick.
Aug 11 - 12:46 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts should enjoy the course which hosts this week's Olympic Men's Golf Competition in Rio de Janeiro.

The championship course at Barra da Tijuca is a par 71 by Gil Hanse and the American designer said it was used using the same philosophy he implemented at Scottish Open venue Castle Stuart; the fairways are wide and flanked by native areas of grass and sand rather than rough. Castle Stuart was where Colsaerts recently shot a pair of weekend 66s to finish third, adding to previous form there of 8-36-3 so it's a style of course on which he can flourish. The big-hitting Belgian is 33rd on this year's Race to Dubai.
Aug 8 - 6:51 AM

Former Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts will tee it up in his third PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club this week.

The Belgian has two top ten finishes from 11 major appearances, when T7 in the 2012 Open at Royal Lytham and T10 in the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, but his record in this event needs attention as he missed the cut at Kiawah Island in 2012 and Oak Hill 12 months later. He’s a in a solid run of form, with 7 top 25 finishes from his last 9 starts, including top three efforts at the Mauritius Open, Nordea Masters and Scottish Open. Less impressive is his record in the U.S.A.: since that top ten at Merion he is 5-for-15 with a best of T19.
Jul 26 - 6:59 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts smoked a back nine 30 at Castle Stuart Golf Links to earn himself T3 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and 1 of the 4 places on offer in next week's Open Championship.

The Belgian continued the hot streak of form that has seen him make 7 top 25 finishes in his last 8 starts, three of them inside the top 3. His front nine witnessed 1 birdie and 1 bogey, but the return home was flawless. He made an eagle-3 at the 12th, immediately followed it with a hat-trick of birdies and closed with another on the 18th. His 6-under-par 36-30=66 gave him a week's total of 12-under 276, 2 behind the winner Alex Noren. His weekend stretch of 66-66 was built on a strong long game (he missed just 6 greens in 36 holes) and solid scrambling (4-for-6).
Jul 10 - 2:09 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts fashioned a cool second round of 3-under-par 34-34=68 to move into contention at the 100th Open de France on 4-under 138.

That total was good enough to see him T3 in the clubhouse and T4 on the live leaderboard as he took lunch, 13 years on from his debut at the course when he was T2 at the 36-hole stage. That said, in 9 visits he is yet to finish the week inside the top ten. On Friday he was superb at hitting the greens (he made 15 of them) despite finding only 7 of 14 fairways (just as he did Thursday). A key improvement in round two was his scrambling: 3-for-3 having been 1-for-4 in round one. On his first nine (the back nine) he made 8 pars and a birdie at No. 15. He then made birdie at 5 and 9 on the way in. He lies 1 back of the clubhouse leaders Mikko Ilonen and Thongchai Jaidee.
Jul 1 - 8:03 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts thrashed the early holes as he made a late bid for the win, before settling for solo third at the Nordea Masters after a final round 2-under-par 33-37=70 for 12-under 276.

The Belgian scorched the holes around the turn, ticking red at 6 and 10, with an eagle-3 on 9 in between. At that stage he was just three shots shy of the runaway leader Matthew Fitzpatrick and eyeing a chase down. But the pressure told and he made bogey-6 at the 12th. A birdie at 15 helped but he pushed too hard, making bogey at 16 and double bogey at 17. A final birdie at 18 was largely irrelevant. It's his fifth top 25 finish on the trot and second top three finish of the season, alongside his T3 in Mauritius.
Jun 5 - 1:04 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts briefly held the lead in round three of the Nordea Masters in Sweden on Saturday but will start the final day five shots behind Matt Fitzpatrick after cooling off in a 2-under-par 33-37=70.

Three behind overnight, Colsaerts caught and passed Fitzpatrick thanks to birdies at 4, 6 and 8, the latter rolled in from 20 feet. But that was to prove the high point for the Belgian as he played the final 10 holes in 1-over and allowed Fitzpatrick to open up a significant lead. Solo second at start of play, Colsaerts is now T2 alongside Alex Noren but he remains in a strong position to pounce if the young English leader stalls on Sunday. Former Ryder Cup star Colsaerts split 6 (of 13) fairways in round three and hit 13 greens in regulation. He was 3-for-5 in scrambling. Despite his immense talent, the 33-year-old has won just twice on the European Tour, the last coming in 2012.
Jun 4 - 12:44 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts hit 15 greens in regulation again and signed for a 6-under-par 34-32=66 in round two of the Nordea Masters, currently good enough for solo second spot on the live leaderboard.

That's three swings behind leader Matthew Fitzpatrick. Colsaerts arrived at 8-under 136 after feasting on Bro Hof Slott's five par 5s, making an eagle at No. 1 and circling birdies at 12, 15 and 9. He picked up further shots at 3 and 5 and made his only bogey of the day at the tough 493-yard par-4 8th. The Belgian hit only 3 fairways yesterday but upped that count to 7 on Friday. He also took four less putts (28 compared to 32) and is now in position to launch a big weekend challenge. This event was the scene of his only top 10 on the European Tour in 2015 so, given his solid recent form, it's no surprise to see him in contention at the midpoint.
Jun 3 - 7:17 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts had three double bogeys over his first 11 holes in a closing 3-over-par 40-35=75 at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and finished six shots behind winner Jeunghun Wang.

The Belgian got off on the wrong foot with a bogey, double bogey start and a back-nine recovery was too little too late. Colsaerts leaked further oil with doubles at 5 and 11 along with a dropped shot at 8 although he had enough good moments to share third place on even-par 288. They came via birdies at 3, 9 and 18 and, the highlight, an eagle-3 at 13. It's a good week but surely leaves a feeling of what might have been for the former Ryder Cup star, who is one of the course's touring pros. On the stats today, he hit only 11 greens in regulation (his worst of the week) and was just 3-for-7 in scrambling.
May 15 - 8:56 AM

After a spectacular round two Nicolas Colsaerts had to grind out a 1-over-par 37-36=73 on Saturday, which was still good enough to keep him in contention for the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open in T3 on 3-under 213.

The Belgian could not maintain the blistering pace of Friday, but more importantly he ensured that the wheels did not fall off and he therefore still retains the opportunity to win tomorrow, trailing the leader Siddikur Rahman by 4 shots with 18 holes to play. The big hitter knew Saturday would be harder work when he failed to birdie either of the two par-5s in the first 4 holes. He then made bogey on 5, but responded with birdies on 6 and 7 before undoing all the good work with double bogey-5 on No. 8. He ticked 3 red numbers on the back nine (at 13, 14 and 18) but squared the same number (on 12, 16 and 17).
May 14 - 9:09 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts fired a magnificent second round 7-under-par 31-34=65 to force his way into contention at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open hosted by the Four Seasons GC, a venue he represents on tour.

The big hitting Belgian used his course knowledge to full effect in a round that bore precious little resemblance to his rusty 75 on day one. In fact the only similarity on the card was the bogey-5 he made both days on No. 10. He also squared a bogey on No. 16 but otherwise he blitzed the course on a day when the majority struggled to break par. To achieve that - and notch the low score of the week so far - he pegged no less than 9 birdies. Five of them came on the front nine at 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8. Another 3 came in response to his first dropped shot: at 11, 12 and 13. The last came on the par-five 18th hole. The 65 allowed him to move 63 places up the leaderboard into a tie for third with Siddikur Rahman on 4-under, 4 swings back of the runaway leader Andrew Dodt.
May 13 - 9:04 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts will have some unexpected inside knowledge at this week's Mauritius Open in Anahita.

The Belgian reveals in a blog for that he's one of the two touring pros at the Four Seasons Golf Club and sometimes spends two or three weeks there in the winter months. "It's like a second home," says Colsaerts, although he admits the course will be set up to play tougher. As well as that enticing angle, gamers may also be attracted by some improved recent form which shows T15 in the Volvo China Open last time and T10 at March's Thailand Classic.
May 10 - 6:51 PM