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Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Abu Dhabi G.C.
Abu Dhabi

15 - 18-Jan-2015

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Junior Bombers at Hulencourt with Dr Serge Balon Perin

Hulencourt, Wednesday 17 December 2014

Last coaching day of the year with the Bombers with the hole staff (Mich, Jérôme, Blaise) and our guest star Dr Serge Balon-Perin, the well known Sport doctor specialized in nutrition. What to eat, what to drink, when to do it, Dr Balon Perin told us what all junior sportsmen should do. Earlier sportsmen have good diet, the better it is for their career and their health and fitness!

We did also some fitness. Since September we are working on our posture, not only in front of the ball, but also at school, on a chair, in the street... quite important, we'll keep on eye on it in 2015!

in the afternoon, Jérôme and Mich worked with all the Bombers on their putting and their swing, hopefully we had no rain and mild temperatures!

And in the morning, I met the Belgian press for a debriefing of 2014 and a preview of 2015!

With all the coaches, we would like to thank Hulencourt GC and Philippe Feller (2PM), who was present tonight, for their help on the success of this 2014 Junior Bombers' year!

Thank you Proximus

Thursday, 11 December 2014

It's for me quite difficult, certainly for somebody like me who travels so much, having all my European Tour communications and  the travel flights arrangement done by emails, to always have the right Mobile phone packages and to know all the roaming rules country by country. Proximus client service helped me out with different issues I had recently and I'm therefore quite thankful to them! When Belgian companies are good, we need to tell it!

Dominique Leroy, CEO Proximus, we don't know each other but if you need any help in the golf world, don't hesitate, my team and myself will be there!

Villas de Balmoral - Spa Belgium and latest news from Afrasian Masters Anahita Mauritius

Thursday, 4  December 2014

Played -2 today during the Afrasian Masters at Anahita in Mauritius, 1 stroke less than Heini Otto -3...

But before flying to Mauritius, and even if I didn't have much time in Belgium, I went to Spa to see the evolution of a real estate project that I share with Bertrand Baguette (Pilot Racing Super GT) and the duo Laurent Minguet and Serge Lejeune: "les Villas de Balmoral".

It's exciting because the three first appartments are nearly totally finished now (in total 4 villa's and 30 appartments). I quite like the look and feel and the atmosphere of the Resort. I did learn a lot during the building, like all the engeneering: Efficient insulation, double flow ventilation, heat pumps and boilers running on wood pellets live side by side in the same logical and discreet system, the open fires and high quality building materials of these thirty flats are certified as energy-saving.

Don't hesitate to have a look at the website and the photo galleries:

Afrasian Masters Anahita Mauritius Four Seasons

Anahita, Sunday 30 November 2014

Always an enjoyment to be in Anahita.

It has been a long season and it's quite nice to finish in Mauritius! This is a Pro-Am week where I will have the pleasure to play in shorts (I love to play golf in shorts).

I'm there with my new Big Bertha Double Diamond and I think that my amateur mates will love some of the lines that I'll play from the tees on this Ernie Els track. Great course, beautiful greens and the holes along the reef are simply gorgeous.

Let's wrap up this 2014 season ... finally in a relaxed mood!

DP World Tour Championship Dubai

Dubai, Sunday 23 November 2014

A decent last round in 67 shots... Let's roll on, 2015 is ahead, 2 great years in perspective with the Olympic Games and The Ryder Cup... This 2014 season was quite difficult  sport wise and personal wise. Great last 3 months, I saved the season but now happy to look forward to the new year in 6 weeks time...

I'll fly tonight to NY to choose all my gear (clothes) for 2015 at Dunning. Will meet Frank Dunning and look what they prepared for next year!

Watch out the European Tour website in the next days, they prepared a film to talk about the Driving distance award... I need to thank all the Callaway staff for my new Big Bertha Alpha Double Diamond driver, my new mate for 2015 (same shaft - new head)! The Belgian Bomber best friend more than ever!

New week, one more tournament before Abu Dhabi 2015, the Afrasian Masters on Anahita Four Seasons Mauritius. Won that tournament once and I need a win this year, so...

Dubai, Saturday 22 November 2014

You know what? I'm exhausted... Slept very badly, had sour legs this morning. But some birdies were falling in the front nine before I had a slump and made 4 bogeys, the one on 10 killed my momentum...

Still one day to score a -4 on this course and finish at -5... and maybe more if the ball rolls for me... With a very slow tempo, I don't feel that much pain on my left foot with the driver...

I sicerely want to thank the numerous Belgians who followed me today, sorry for teeing so early!

I learned this today: they are 3.000 Belgians in the Emirates and Belgium is the 3rd economical partner of the UAE thanks mainly to Besix and the Dredging business...The Emirates flights are 90% full from Brussels to Dubai since they began 6 weeks ago...A success!

Dubai, Friday 21 Novembre 2014

The same day... I could easily be 5 under but I managed the par 5's poorly, surely on the driving. The left foot is still in the way, I keep too much weight on the right foot and I have then the tendency to draw the ball too much...

Still two rounds to go...

Dubai, Thursday 20 November 2014

And yet another frustrating day where more birdies could fall in my basket... But the long game is wonderfully in shape, so I'm still really up there, I had 2 shots who finished in a divot, and didn't receive any good break on the greens... The pain at the left foot bothered me on 2 or 3 shots but it will not stop me to try to climb the ladder of the leaderboard in the next days...

A lot of Belgians here, a few good friends also, I even made a few pictures with nice Belgian ladies at the DP World hospitality, always a pleasure !

After the round I had the honor to have dinner with the legendary Sir Jackie Stewart with all the Rolex staff, Arnaud Boetsch, Arnaud Laborde and Jean-Noël Bioul, and some of the European directors like George O'Grady our Chief executive. 

Dubai, Wednesday 19 November 2014

Vincent: Finally great weather on Tour, perfect timing because the top 60 players of the European are here  playing their Grand Final. Of course, we know already that king Rory won't be threatened but the battle will be heroic!

Unfortunately, Nicolas hurted his left foot, the physio's use cryogenics to help reduce the inflammation, but he can walk 18 holes and swing...

The course is in immaculate condition, the greens are fantastic, best of the year, rolling beautifully, fast and true. The track is quite long and the Greg Norman's 120 bunkers with their big faces are quite impressive.

Tomorrow 8.50 am Dubai time with Kristoffer Broberg.

Turkish Airlines Open Maxx Montgomerie course

Antalya, Sunday 16 November 2014

Finally some better scoring this week, even with 2 bad drives on 18 and 1. 8 birdies today, so in shape before Dubai. Patience was the word, I needed 72 holes to get in red figures!

Always good to hear some stories from Colin Montgomerie, he was also the designer of this course and we had a good time...

Antalya, Saturday 15 November 2014

Second round under par in tough circumstances, I had a bad 4 holes 6-7-8-9 before the turn but 5 birdies on the other 14 holes was nice. With the rain and the cold humid air, the golfball didn't flew as far (maybe 15 to 20 meters lost on each drive), so we all had to check the distances and the club selection again...

Sunday, the weather will be better, let's make a good score in preparation of Dubai.

Antalya, Friday 14 November 2014

Birthday today, but ugly weather, play is suspended till tomorrow 8.00 (local Time) . We will keep the same groups for the 3rd round and my starting time is at 10.45 local time with Marc Warren and Tommy Fleetwood.

Off a great start but went in the water at the 6th and missed some opportunities on 5, 7 and 10. 3 putted the 11 under a gusting rainy storm situation just before the play was suspended. Still 6 holes to play!

Antalya, Thursday 13 November 2014

Frustrating putting day and after 12 greens in regulation, 3 golf balls in a row in the water hazard on 4 and the day was totally crashed...

Tomorrow revenge...

Antalya, Tuesday 11 November 2014

I had a 4 o'clock AM message telling that my luggage was been found and that it would be at 7 AM at the hotel... And that's was right, well done Turkish Airlines!

I enjoyed to play the pro-am on a course that's much more competitive than last year. The rough is so tough, 20 cm deep, where the ball sits always at the bottom, quite demanding! Also the greens are much firmer and faster than last year. It has become  a real test off the tee and I don't think that we'll go as deep as -24 like the last edition... many slopes on the green and as they are fast, they are not easy at all to score on!

Antalya, Monday 10 November 2014

Well, s... happens, but it's the third time recently that my luggage didn't arrive! After 8 hours of search nobody can still locate it!!!! A little desperate right now...

BMW Masters - Final Series Race 2 Dubai

Lake Malaren, Sunday 2 November 2014

Before this tournament, I would have signed for a Top 10. My level of confidence on the green is not yet at 75% but the putting on Thursday and Friday was good. When things toughened up on Saturday and after having shaved the 4 first holes, I felt that my confidence was not yet optimal.

But Rome was not made in one day. And I need to emphasize on the positive: Jump of 20 places at R2D 39th now, jump on the World Ranking, N°1 in Driving Distance thanks to my CALLAWAY Driver, N°7 in Green in regulation...

Newt week, rest week in Phuket Thailand  before the two last tournaments of the Final Series in Belek and Dubai.

Lake Malaren, Saturday 1 November 2014

When the putter is cold, 34 putts, a nightmare... but there is a 4th day...

Lake Malaren, Friday 31 October 2014

Vincent: Good timing for Nicolas. He's in good form when the course suits really his game. It rained a lot and even if the tees are forward today, the course is still playing quite long. After finding the fairways, Nicolas displayed a great iron game on his second shots. It's only half way, 36 more holes to be played and a lot of players in great form. Since mid-September some players are showing some great golf like Alex Levy of course, Marcel Siem, Romain Wattel, Mikko Ilonen or Branden Grace. And what about the Ryder Cup stars, like McDowell, Bjorn, Donaldson, Rose or Dubuisson. They all can finish with -16 for the next two rounds.

No cut, but the third round will be an attacking round, that's for sure!

Lake Malaren, Tuesday 28 October 2014

There we go for the Final Series... After a great week in Thailand, back on track with a great field of players. Good to see Marcel, Justin,  Gonzalo, Thorbjorn, Francesco and all the others...

Lake Malaren is a great course!


Nicolas Colsaerts is a Belgian golf professional. Having retained his privileges on the European Tour and the PGA Tour, Nicolas is competing in both Tour events for the second consecutive year.

His selection in the European Team for the 2012 Ryder Cup was what he had always dreamed of, ever since he was a child.


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