Nicolas Colsaerts: New PGA Tour Member

By Les Bailey
Nicolas Colsaerts

With a bunch of disappointment expressed by officials from the European Tour, Ryder Cup rookie and Captain’s pick, Nicolas Colsaerts has opted to move his talent to the PGA Tour for the 2013 season. The 30 year old golfer from Schaerbeek, Belgium became the first player from Belgium to play for Team Europe in the 2012 event at Medinah.

Colsaerts earned his tour card by officially joining the PGA Tour and accepting a Special Temporary Membership to play the final three events of the year . He earned $677,011 dollars, and finished $30, 000 ahead of Kevin Chappell  who ended his season at 125th on the money list, and thus will get full membership, and Tour card for 2013.

Colsaerts tuned pro in 2000, but with other interests, and poor play, lost his privileges. He earned his European Tour card back by finishing third on the Challenge Tour in 2009. He got his first European Tour win at The Volvo China Open in 2011. He reached the semi finals that year at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain, and eventually losing to Ian Poulter. These events earned him a spot in the 2011 Open Championship where he missed the cut.

His biggest career win came in 2012 at The Volvo World Match Play Championship where he beat Graeme McDowell one up in a tournament where he was never behind in any match. On his way to the win, he beat Justin Rose 4&3, Brandt Snedeker 4&3, and Paul Lawrie.

The young Belgian did not play in the 2012 Masters, but made his first cut in a Major Championship at the US Open at Olympic where he finished tied for 27th place. At Royal Lytham St. Annes, he had his finest Major, finishing tied seventh. He did not make the cut at The PGA Championship.

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