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Nicolas Colsaerts

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

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Fast-finishing Nicolas Colsaerts carded 5-under-par 33-34=67 to end the week on 9-under 279 and earn a share of third in the Shotclock Masters at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria.
A second top ten of the season for the Belgian and timely too because he arrived in Austria languishing in 142nd on the Race to Dubai. It won't massively transform his season, because like his seventh in the Belgian Knockout the prize fund is small, but it's a huge help to confidence as much as points totals. He started like a train with birdies at the first, second and fourth. Another at the tenth hinted at a back nine charge, but he dropped shots at the 11th and 14th. Undeterred, he finished as he started: With three red numbers in four holes (at 15, 16 and 18, the latter from 35'0" and three hours before the event eventually finished following delays). A four-way tie for third, but he was never a contender and finishing seven back of winner Mikko Korhonen. Jun 10 - 12:02 PM

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Nicolas Colsaerts said pre-event that having a limited amount of time to hit his shots would be no inconvenience at all and it's playing out that way so far at the Shot Clock Masters where he twirled a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in round two to reach 5-under 139 at the midpoint, currently good enough for a rise of 19 spots on the live leaderboard to T5 and just three behind pacesetter Steve Webster.

Colsaerts made a sluggish start with four pars and a bogey at 12 after starting from the 10th but he cashed in on the back-to-back par 5s at 15 and 16 at Diamond CC to turn in 35. He stayed on the front foot with red circles at 3 and 5 before rebounding from a dropped shot at 8 with a walk-off birdie at 9. Colsaerts had only managed a single sub-70 round at the Austrian venue in two previous visits but he now has two to start with this week.
Jun 8 - 8:16 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts is looking forward to the new format on show in this week's Shotclock Masters at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

The players will have a 40-or-50 second allowance to hit shots, with failure to do so resulting in a one-shot penalty (players are allowed two 40-second time-extensions in any one round). Colsaerts, who was T7 in the recent Belgian Knockout but has suffered two missed cuts since, told europeantour.com, "I'm very much looking forward to it. I think the debate has been on the table for a long time now about trying to speed up play somehow so I'm quite curious to see if this format will make a difference. I tend to think that I'm always early enough not to be bothered by any sort of clock whatsoever but I'm sure it will be in the back of the mind of a few players." He's played this event twice, with MC in 2010 and T66 in 2015.
Jun 6 - 12:53 PM

Nicolas Colsaerts departed from the Belgian Knockout at Rinkven International GC in Antwerp at the quarter final stage despite being the best scorer to par through the first four matches and 36 holes.

A tough pill for the home favorite and his adoring galleries to swallow as he was topped in the last eight by an impressive James Heath who toured the nine holes in 3-under-par 32 to the 2-under 33 of Colsaerts. Heading into the final three holes Heath had a one shot advantage but with a driveable par-4 and par-5 to come it seemed the big-hitting Belgian had a chance, but he birdied only one of them, Heath ticked both and so Colsaerts' final hole par breaker was not enough. He played the first four rounds of knockout in 10-under, three clear of next best Adrian Otaegui, but the head-to-head count was the tally which mattered.
May 20 - 5:49 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts rode the wave of home support to make the quarter-finals of the Belgian Knockout at Rinkven International GC in Antwerp, scoring 3-under-par 32 to defeat Joachim B Hansen (level-par).

The Belgian was the only home player to make the final 32 and also last 16 so had plenty of support from the galleries and he loved every cheer. He drained a 20'0" birdie effort at the fourth to go two shots up after Hansen had made bogey at the second. But the killer blow was on the driveable par-4 seventh which Colsaerts drove to within 6'0" and drained the eagle putt to go three clear. He parred his way in whilst Hansen made birdie at the ninth; too little, too late. He will play the winner of the James Heath-Robert Karlsson tie which headed down extra holes. Earlier Colsaerts had defeated Richie Ramsay and Lorenzo Gagli. "I felt like I had thousands supporting me," he said afterwards.
May 19 - 11:32 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts thrilled the home crowds with an opening lap of 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the Belgian Knockout at Rinkven International GC in Antwerp, good for a five-way share of third in the clubhouse, one back of co-leaders Nico Geyger and Gavin Green.

Back in the Fall the Belgian grabbed a share of two first round leads (in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and Turkish Airlines Open), but in recent months has got off to shoddy starts. Indeed, this is the first time he has gone sub-70 on Thursday since Dubai and the first time he has broken 72 in five rounds (he arrived fresh from two missed cuts in Morocco and China). He opened on the back nine and carded six straight pars before making a move with birdies at 16 and 18, missing out on the par-5 17th. Coming home he again started slowly (this time seven pars) before circling No. 8 and completing a flawless card with par at the ninth.
May 17 - 8:09 AM

2011 Volvo Open champion Nicolas Colsaerts returns to the tournament this week at Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing.

A tenth tournament appearance and plenty of highlights for the Belgian. He was T8 in 2010, the win came 12 months later, he was second on defense, and was T3 heading into the final round on this week's course in 2016 before a Sunday 72 dropped him to T15. In all he is 6-for-9. His last two seasons have been built on a pair of results, both coming in high profile, big prize fund events. In 2016 at the Scottish Open and DP World Tour Championship, last year at the BMW PGA Championship and Turkish Airlines Open. This season he awaits that kind of effort. He is 4-for-6 with a best of T28 in the Open de Espana.
Apr 24 - 7:41 AM

Saturday specialist Nicolas Colsaerts will be hoping to make the cut in this week's Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis course at Emirates GC in the United Arab Emirates.

The Belgian really does have an odd record in this event. In ten previous visits he has only twice broken 70 before the weekend, but both exceptions were excellent: A round one 66 in 2012 left him T4 and contributed to a T9 result, his only top 25; three years later an opening 65 had him T2. The really big problem is his Friday log book: he averages 74.20. Even stranger is that it massively contrasts with his Saturday performances because on Moving Day he has always broken 70 and averages 66.80. He then resorts to difficulties on Sunday (never broken 70). He was T2 in the Turkish Airlines Open at the end of 2017, but his recent round one efforts prove how wild he currently is (both good and bad): 75-69-80-69-72-67-68-64-76-68-75-69.
Jan 24 - 4:22 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts takes his talents to the Middle East this week to contest the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for a seventh time.

The big-hitting Belgian was T11 at this event in 2011 and took T24 (2012) and T26 (2015) on his next two visits but his last two appearances have resulted in halfway exits. He also didn't make the weekend on his most recent start, December's Mauritius Open, but Colsaerts was runner-up at the prestigious Turkish Airlines Open in November and he's always capable of suddenly finding a hot-streak. The former Ryder Cup star finished in the top four at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai at the end of 2016 so has fairly recent proven form in this part of the world.
Jan 17 - 6:12 AM

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.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 03:46:00 AM

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.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 10:27:00 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.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 10:37:00 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.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 10:00:00 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."
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 09:11:00 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.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 07:03:00 AM