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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 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

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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

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.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 02:50:00 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.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 12:46:00 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.
Mon, Aug 8, 2016 06:51:00 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.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 06:59:00 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).
Sun, Jul 10, 2016 02:09:00 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.
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 08:03:00 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.
Sun, Jun 5, 2016 01:04:00 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.
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 12:44:00 PM