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04 - 07-Dec-2014

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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!

Week off in Thailand

Chiang Mai - Hua Hin - The Nilsson's

This is a week that I need so badly: yoga, meditation, nature, wilderness, food, friends, more food, dog and more friends. A week where I find my inner center.... thank you Fohn and Brian for your true friendship...

Next Monday: off to Shangay to play the BMW Masters, the first leg of the Race to Dubai Playoff's!

European Tour announced that the Top 69 players after Perth will be selected...

Hong Kong Open

Hong Kong, Friday 17 October 2014

After a solid -4 yesterday, I had for the first time a great night of sleep but waked up totally dizzy, maybe an after-effects of the jetlag??? No juice, no adrenaline, weak mind, weak body, impossible to score...

Ok, no need to complain, just accepting the situation... I'll fly tomorrow to Bangkok with Fohn and Brian for a Thai Week before the BMW Masters!

Hong Kong, Tuesday 14 October 2014

Good news, all my bags found, they will arrive tomorrow with the next flight from Frankfurt... Pfiouuuu

This was a comment when they didn't find yet my bags:

Making such a long flight and arriving here in Hong Kong without any luggage is a nightmare. This is certainly the most expensive ticket in Business Class that I ever bought, you can buy a car with that kind of money, and I couldn't practice today... I'm playing in one of the main flight with Miguel A. Jimenez (last year winner) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat on Thursday, how the hell can they not find my luggage, a black bag and an enormous travel golfbag!!! Third time this year, a year of all kind of records it seems...I hate that situation!

Frankfurt, Monday 13 October 2014

On my way to Hong Kong... some good news: 130th World Ranking and 58th on the Race to Dubai... On the move and still 4 tournaments to go...

Portugal Open Victoria Vilamoura

Vilamoura, Sunday 12 october 2014

So this day began well but turrned out to be a nightmare for the golfcourse, the super heavy rain we had around 1.30 killed the greens and the bunkers...

The decision was to cancel the third round and to keep the results as after 36 holes with 75% of the Prize Money distributed!

Vilamoura, Friday 10 October 2014

Vincent: What an awkward day: we had rain, rain and more rain. It only rains for 4 days in Algarve and it's now. What a pity because it's a wonderful tournament. I think that the tournament will only be played on 54 holes, Nicolas will play 2 more holes tomorrow at 8.00 to complete his 2nd round and the other players will have also to complete their 2nd round... Not easy to find your rythm in those circumstances (very difficult during 18 and 1), well not for everybody because Alexander Levy signed a superb 61, he will be on the lead Sunday morning and will rest tomorrow all day...

Vilamoura, Thursday 9 October 2014

Vincent: Story of the day: a great try for 59! Finally -11, best score ever for Nico, -9 was his best in tournament... A solid display from 1 to 18 with a hot finish after the eagle on 15 because the fantom of 59 became a possible reality. Great rythm all day, 17 greens, 2 eagles, 7 birdies, no bogeys...

Vilamoura, Wednesday 8 october 2014

Kings of Golf by Optima what a success and what an opportunity to have those wonderful personnalities in Belgium! thanks again to the public, Andy Hancock and his VAAV crew, the Marshalls, the RZGC staff and Jos, Léopold Lippens (my preferred Maire in the world) and last but not least Jeroen Pikeur... the cornerstone of the Kings of Golf.

Travelled here with Thomas Pieters whom we play the golf to Rio on Monday in la Tournette. An olympic day with all the COIB partners, always a pleasure.

Time to tackle that Victoria course this week. This is the last tournament in Europe for this season. These last ones are very important for many players on different rankings. I'll have a go to reach the R2D finals...

Next events on my Schedule

Here is an overview of my program for the coming weeks (subject to change according to intermediate results):

  • European Tour: Portugal, Hong Kong, Perth,
  • Asia: Thailand (Chiangmai) and Japan (Dunlop)

More details in my schedule


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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