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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 won the first of his two European Tour titles in China and returns there for this week's Shenzhen International.
Colsaerts landed the 2011 China Open at Luxehills International CC with 24-under and also placed second when the tournament moved to Binhai Lake Golf Club in 2012. Also sixth in the 2014 BMW Masters in China, the Belgian hasn't been able to crack this week's course, Genzon GC, so far. He shot 77-75 to miss the cut in the China Open held there in 2014 and could only manage 73-77 in the inaugural running of this event 12 months ago. Colsaerts remains something of a golfing enigma and rarely seems to cash in on his abundant talent. That's apparent in his last four starts which show three missed cuts and a top 10 in the Thailand Classic. If you can catch the former Ryder Cup star on the right week, he's still a worthwhile investment but good luck with that. Apr 19 - 8:57 AM

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Nicolas Colsaerts should have a course that suits when he pegs it up in the True Thailand Classic.

Driving Accuracy was the least important stat in last year's inaugural event and the Black Mountain course certainly looks a good fit for bombers who spray it. However, we've been here before with Colsaerts and, despite three top 20s in his final four worldwide starts in 2015, we haven't seen the Belgian register a top 10 in a strokeplay event since June. He's been particularly slow out of the blocks this season, cashing just twice in five starts, and he'll arrive in Hua Hin on the back of two missed cuts. One spot of encouragement is that he made the top 20 in the last two editions of the Thailand Golf Championship so appears to enjoy the country.
Mar 9 - 5:34 AM

Nicholas Colsaerts tore up the front nine, his second nine, to post 4-under-par 36-32=68 and claim solo second at halfway in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on 10-under 134.

Deja vu? Back in 2012 Colsaerts was solo second after 36 holes of this event, trailing Paul Lawrie by one. This year the situation is repeated. Four years ago the event was shortened to 54 holes, Lawrie claimed the win and the Belgian slipped into T9; he won't want a repeat. Today he started with a birdie on ten, his opener, and gave it back on 14. The front nine 32 was built on his ability to over-power the par-5s. He eagled the 591-yard first and birdied the 639-yard ninth, in between he added red on No. 5. He holds a one shot advantage over third placed Gregory Bourdy.
Jan 28 - 8:52 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts is in position for another strong week at the Commerical Bank Qatar Masters after carding a first-round 6-under-par 33-33=66.

The Belgian has finished T13 and T9 in the last two editions and is currently just a shot off the lead after his bogey-free morning lap of Doha GC. It was a simple recipe for Colsaerts. He used his big hitting to pick off birdies at each of the four par 5s and collected two more at 6 and 14. The former Ryder Cup star fuelled his lowest career round in the event by hitting 17 greens in regulation despite only hitting 8 (of 14) fairways. On the live leaderboard, he's in solo third, a stroke behind Louis Oosthuizen and Pablo Larrazábal.
Jan 27 - 4:50 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts, one of Europe's heroes in the 2012 Ryder Cup, was forced to retire from the BMW South African Open during the first round.

The European Tour Twitter account indicated his shoulder was the problem but added no further detail. He was 4-over through 9 holes when he called a halt.
Jan 7 - 3:48 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 02:34:00 PM

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.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 09:27:00 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.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 12:14:00 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.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 07:22:00 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.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 05:20:00 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.
Tue, Jun 9, 2015 06:02:00 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.
Thu, May 21, 2015 08:46:00 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.
Wed, May 13, 2015 07:11:00 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.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 04:59:00 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.
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 03:45:00 AM