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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 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

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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

Nicolas Colsaerts lifted the trophy at the 2011 Volvo China Open and is in position to win it for a second time after splashing seven birdies and no bogeys in a 7-under-par 34-31=65 in Saturday's third round.

That's just two swings behind joint leaders Lucas Bjerregaard and Felipe Aguilar. Colsaerts arrived at 14-under 202 thanks mainly to a burst of five birdies in seven holes. As well as those gains at 8, 10, 12, 13 and 14 he picked up further shots at 5 and 18 in favorable scoring conditions at the Ian Woosnam-designed Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing. As in round two, the big-hitting Belgian speared 16 greens in regulation and got up and down both times when he missed. Today's round followed an opening 70 and a Friday 67 so Colsaerts is stepping up his title bid each day. Despite the tournament moving to different courses, this event has been kind to him. As well as his win five years ago at Luxehills International, the former Ryder Cup star was runner-up at Binhai Lake in 2012 and also cracked the top 10 at Suzhou Jinji Lake in 2010.
Apr 30 - 6:38 AM

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

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 Larraz√°bal.
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