Open de France: Nicolas Colsaerts ends seven-year wait for victory
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Former Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts has won his first name in the Open de France since 2012.
Regardless of carding a one-over-par 72 in the final round at Le Golf National, the Belgian ended one shot ahead of Denmark’s Joachim B. Hansen.
Colsaerts started on the Hurry of the European Tour to Dubai and in danger of losing card.
“I’ve been coming here because I do not know the number of decades, it’s been a long road,” he told Sky Sports.
“So lots of people have encouraged me over the years, that is why I get really emotional. I went through ups and downs for so many years now.”
Recent years for Colsaerts have been a far cry from 2012 when he had been selected as a wildcard by captain Jose Maria Olazabal to participate in the European team that pulled off the’Miracle of Medinah’ when they arrived from 10-4 to defeat the USA 14.5-13.5.
Rated 424th from the planet, rounds of 67, 66, and 67 had given him a three-stroke lead heading into the final round, however there was plenty of play ahead.
Before he chipped in for an eagle three at the 14th to go back in front of Hansen his advantage had gone.
However he taken into the water in the 15th to run a double-bogey six up as the Dane was handed the guide.
Nevertheless Hansen faltered in the 17th with a bogey of his own, permitting Colsaerts to hang for his third European Tour title and first since May 2012.
England amazed in their 40-16 win over Australia, but face the test of holders New Zealand for a spot at the World Cup closing.
Analysis and opinion out of the golf correspondent of the BBC.
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