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Nicolas Colsaerts

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/14/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 154

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Nicolas Colsaerts will be hungry to back up his smart showing in last year's DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai this week.
Looking for promising current form and a tempting course record? Colsaerts might be your man. After a shaky mid-summer he was T12 in the Portugal Masters, went low in the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, completed T15 in the Italian Open, opened the Turkish Airlines Open with a pair of 64s on his way to second, and then had a week off (of sorts) with T57 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge. It might be worth noting that his ball-striking remained strong statistically, only his putting failed. His early forays to this tournament were middling (T19-T34-T42-T31), but then he was superb in challenging all week when T4 12 months ago. It's now five and a half years since he won his last European Tour title. Nov 14 - 3:46 AM

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Nicolas Colsaerts shot a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round at the Turkish Airlines Open, his closing 72-hole score of 17-under 267 leaving him T2 and just a stroke behind winner Justin Rose.

This was one that got away for the Belgian. After flying out of the blocks with a pair of opening 64s and leading by five shots with 27 play, a back-nine 41 on Saturday eventually caught up with him. He did his very best to repair the damage today after a front-nine 33 and was tied for the lead heading up the last after birdies at 11, 15, 16 and 17. But his eight-foot putt at the final hole missed and Rose holed his to deny Colsaerts a first European Tour win for five years. The former Ryder Cup star finished the week 2nd in Driving Distance, 5th for Green in Regulation and 2nd for Putts Per Gir.
Nov 5 - 10:27 AM

Halfway leader Nicolas Colsaerts collapsed on his back nine at the Turkish Airlines Open, going from five shots in front to two behind after walking off the course with a third-round 2-over-par 32-41=73 to land at 12-under 201.

Four clear at start of play, the Belgian started confidently and picked up birdies at 4 and 7 to extend his lead to five at the turn. A 15ft par putt at 10 looked as if it was a momentum saver but, in fact, hinted at the struggles to come. At Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort's 11th, the Belgian tugged his approach into water to rack up a double bogey-6 and he also needed six swishes at 12 after a three-putt. The bleeding continued as he found the wet stuff again at 15 for another bogey before he closed with three pars. That's a hugely disappointing day for the former Ryder Cup star but best to get his bad round out of the way now. He'll still have a chance to secure a first European Tour win in five years when he tees off in T3 and just two shots behind leaders Shane Lowry and Kiradech Aphibarnrat in round four.
Nov 4 - 10:37 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts blitzed Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort for a bogey-free 7-under-par 30-34=64 in Friday's second round at the Turkish Airlines Open, powering into a four-shot lead over Eddie Pepperell at the midpoint.

It's a further stroke back to Kiradech Aphibarnrat in third while Matthew Fitzpatrick, Stephen Gallacher, Matthew Southgate and Shane Lowry share fourth spot. One of the three co-leaders overnight, Colsaerts said he didn't find it as easy today but smashed his second straight 64 to hit 14-under 128 and put himself in great position to record his first European Tour win since 2012. The Belgian set the tone with a 12-foot birdie at the opening hole and got a break at the second when his ball fell out of a tree, allowing him to make par. From there he splashed birdies at 3, 5 and 6 and added another trio at 11, 12 and 15 on the back. Six clear at one point, the gap was reduced by Pepperell's two late birdes while Colsaerts closed with three pars, finishing off another excellent day in all aspects with his 26th putt of the round.
Nov 3 - 10:00 AM

Playing in the first group of the day, Nicolas Colsaerts thrashed a 7-under-par 30-34=64 in round one of the Turkish Airlines Open, good enough to be part of a three-way tie for the lead alongside Haydn Porteous and Joost Luiten.

In easy scoring conditions at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, the former Ryder Cup star picked off an eagle and six birdies on his morning lap. The Belgian started quietly, with a birdie at 4 his only gain in the first third of his round. But he hit the gas with three straight birdies at 7, 8 and 9, added eagle-3 at 12 and hit 8-under with circles at 13 and 15 before dropping his only shot of the day at 16. He told europeantour.com: "I was in control of what I was doing all day. Took a few holes to get going but once I did, I started to get on a roll. Nice eagle on 12 that kept everything going. Birdied the next, yeah, everything kind of clicked together. One of those rounds that you enjoy doing. I'm capable of pretty good things when I decide to show up."
Nov 2 - 9:11 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts boasts an enviable record in the Italian Open and returns there hinting at another big week.

The Belgian has a third (2010), a fourth (2013) and a fifth (2012) in this event and, adding in results in the Sicilian Open, once had a run of five straight top five finishes on Italian soil. He hasn't quite tasted the same success at this week's venue, Golf Club Milano, but did open with a 63 when T20 in 2015 before adding T38 last year. Colsaerts has some current form to add to the mix also. The former Ryder Cup star finished 64-69 to take T12 in the Portugal Masters three weeks ago and he was first-round leader and still T6 with 18 to go in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship last time before fading to T25 on Sunday despite shooting a 1-under-par 71 at St. Andrews. Currently, he slots in at 50th on the Race to Dubai.
Oct 11 - 7:03 AM

For the second day running at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Nicolas Colsaerts signed for seven birdies and a double bogey to record a 5-under-par 33-34=67, his second round effort at St. Andrews putting him at 10-under 134 and just a single stroke behind 36-hole leader Tyrrell Hatton.

A 67 at Kingsbarns on day one had put him a tie for the lead with Paul Dunne and he kept his foot on the gas at the Old Course. He started out at the 10th hole with birdie and made it two in two with another circle at 11. After picking up another shot at 18, Colsaerts ran into trouble at the 1st hole after sticking his wedge into the Swilcan Burn in front of the green. He responded with birdies at 2, 4 and 5 before a walk-off birdie at 9 took him to double digits under par. The former Ryder Cup star, who was T9 in this event in 2011 and also T3 in last year's Scottish Open, clearly thrives on links courses and continues his bid with a lap of Carnoustie tomorrow.
Oct 6 - 11:34 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts recovered from an early error to cruise Kingsbarns in 5-under-par 34-33=67 and end round one of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in a tie for top spot with Paul Dunne.

The Belgian made a double bogey-7 at the par-5 third hole, the sort of early score which plunges a dagger into the heart of touring professionals on a Thursday morning, but his response was magnificent. Immediately he ticked three holes in a row (4, 5 and 6) to be swiftly back under par for the week and he didn't stop there. A birdie-2 at the eighth allowed him to turn in 2-under and then he added more red at 12, 17 and 18 to join Dunne on 5-under in the clubhouse. They lead by a shot from five players, including defending champion Tyrrell Hatton. Colsaerts will play the Old Course, St. Andrews on Friday before the toughest test of all, Carnoustie, on Saturday. His past record in the event reads 3-for-6 with one top 30, when T9 in 2011.
Oct 5 - 10:14 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts hasn't enjoyed much luck in six starts at the British Masters but he'll get a brand new course to tackle this year when he pegs it up in the tournament for the seventh time.

In four appearances from 2001-2006, the Belgian missed the cut every time before the tournament disappeared off the schedule. When it returned he made his first cut when T69 at Woburn and last year he took T49 at The Grove after spoiling three good rounds in the 60s with a Saturday 76. Ahead of his crack at the new venue, Close House, in northern England, Colsaerts has some confidence after posting T12 in last week's Portugal Masters. That included a third-round 64 while he was in the top 20 for greens in regulation. It's a bit of a guessing game this week but, as well as the good finish last week, note that the former Ryder Cup star was tied third in the BMW PGA Championship on his last trip to England and has cashed in seven straight tournaments in the country, starting with T7 in the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham.
Sep 27 - 3:53 AM

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

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 europeantour.com: "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