10/20 14:36 CDT Colsaerts ends 7-year drought by winning French Open
Colsaerts ends 7-year drought by winning French Open
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) --- Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium ended
more than seven years without a victory when he closed with a 1-over 72 and
survived a wild back nine at Le Golf National to win the French Open on Sunday.
It was Colsaerts first victory since the Volvo World Match Play in 2012, when
he was No. 32 in the world and played a role in Europe's record comeback to win
the Ryder Cup at Medinah.
Colsaerts played 214 tournaments worldwide since that last victory.
This one wasn't easy, even after he stretched his lead to five shots early in
the final round.
He had to chip in for eagle on the par-5 14th to regain the lead. Colsaerts
gave it right back with a double bogey on the next hole. Joachim Hansen then
made double bogey on the 17th hole that allowed Colsaerts to take the lead
Colsaerts closed with three pars for a one-shot victory over Hansen, who closed
with a 68. George Coetzee, who led by two shots with six holes to play, made
triple bogey on the 15th hole and shot 71 to finish two shots behind.
Colsaerts began the week trying to keep his full European Tour card. He was No.
424 in the world ranking, and his third European Tour victory moves him back
into the top 200 at No. 195.
"It's been a long road," Colsaerts said, emotional in victory. "I went through
ups and downs for so many years now."