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Irish Open

Newcastle, Co Down, Northern Ireland

Tee-off Time

Wednesday 27th May 2015 05:50 CEST (GMT +02:00)

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Irish Open Royal County Down

County Down, Wednesday 27 May 2015

First of all, this is a legendary piece of land for golf. Protected by the imposing Mourne mountain and along the Dundrum Bay, the site is eye catching. Also a natural reserve, the links are famous, they've been designed by Old Tom Morris, Harry Colt (Royal Zoute also) and Donald Steel, a trio of illustrious names.

The light here can be like nowhere else.

The Slieve Donard hotel is part of the legend, so many great golfers, famed or anonymous, have stopped here to play Royal County Down.

BUT when the wind blows like it is now, that beautiful lady becomes a Beast!!! I previewed it and asked in the trucks a 1 iron 2 weeks ago in Spain. it's in the bag again! If the weather stays like that, you'll see scores in the 80's!

Pro-am this afternoon, a bit late but I'm playing also late on Thursday.

BMW PGA Wentworth

Walton Heath, Monday 25 May 2015

Well, I must admit that I felt quite tired in the afternoon. Looking back to the morning round, I had to sustain the momentum but killed it with a double bogey... Anyway, it was a good try for this US Open...

Short night again before taking the plane for Belfast at 7.15 tomorrow morning... Really looking forward to play Royal County Down one of the nicest links on earth!

Wentworth, Sunday 24 May 2015

Overall a great week... on 17 holes! My game is building up and even if the 11th hole has been costly (6 strokes lost), this tiring week ends up with a top 25 on our biggest event in Europe (except The Open).

But tomorrow, 36 holes US Open qualification. Tee time at 8.30 with my good friend Emiliano Grillo. A good flight. Emiliano is one of my favourite young striker of the ball...

Thanks to the Belgian supporters and Frank for the pictures...

Great win from An, 65 to win the BMW PGA in Wentworth, congrats.

This is our Flagship tournament, congrats also to BMW for hosting such a nice event, the tented Village and the organisation were really Waow! Really proud to be a member of the European Tour!

Wentworth, Saturday 23 May 2015

A bit disapointed on birdies on the first 9. Another birdie that didn't drop on 10 annoyed me till the 11th tee and I lost my 3 wood tee shot and scored a double bogey. But overall, this tournament is so far encouraging, not a bad idea to find some form back during our flagship tournament.

Great crowd once again.

Wentworth, Friday 22 May 2015

It was not easy to put on those greens this afternoon, thery were marked and very slow. It rained this morning and the poa wad growing unevenly like usual with that type of grass.

Good to make it for the week-end...

More Pictures on the GALLERY from Frank Vuylsteke

Wentworth, Thursday 21 May 2015

Lovely display of long game today... I could have signed a card of 65 if I hadn't lost my confidence on the short putts in the last 5 holes... Could have done with a better finish! Good for an afternoon wth lots of drills...

Let's have a better day tomorrrow even if it's never easy on the afternoon marked greens...

Wentworth, Tuesday 19 May 2015

Today is the launching of the 2015 Kings of Golf! As you know, the organizers asked me to invite two players for a spectacular 18 holes at Royal Zoute. This year, I'm going for a Bombers encounter. For some hot driving, I'm glad to invite Marcel Siem and Thomas Pieters. The German will be under some pression surrounded by the big hitting Belgians but nobody better than him can compete in that kind of situation.

Fore more info: Kings of Golf, Royal Zoute, 5-6 September,

I arrived here on Saturday night and practiced on Sunday and had an 18 holes match against Marcel Siem who never refuses a good match with good stakes! He's a fantastic gamer but left the 18th green a bit lighter.

The quite smart Ian Dryden from Callaway made me a strong 3 wood 12° for Wentworth and gave it to me in Spain. I used it on Sunday and I'm impressed with it.

I used the same club on Monday at Walton Heath for a practice round. Played there with my buddy Tom De Raedt and his friends. We had some sunshine, a delight. Also, the strong 3 wood will definitely go in the bag after two successful tests.

Today, practice, short game and putting green drills to build that confidence that needs to be strenghtened. And also 9 more holes, maybe 18, depending the speed of play and the weather in Wentworth...

Spanish Open El Prat Barcelona

El Prat, Saturday 16 May 2015

Enjoyed the splendid weather and the quality driving range here in Barcelona to practice from 9.00 to 15.00, then flew to Wentworth to play 18 holes this Sunday and hoping also for a quite practice. As from Monday, the driving Range is packed and it's not easy to practice peacefully with the flightscope for example...

Still very disapointed about this last Friday...

More pictures on the Gallery

El Prat, Friday 15 May 2015

A nightmare from the first! It's gonna be training each day till Wentworth and also we'll pay a visit to Walton Heath to prepare the Qualification for the US Open on Monday 25 May.

El Prat, Thursday 14 May 2015

There was more than -1 to pull out this course this morning... but the game is quite good, I'm pleased with the way I'm hitting the ball. Very overcast morning today and then it became very hot, hopefully the wind is always rising around noon. Scores in the morning are better because the course is more souple thanks to the irrigation...

Tomorrow, I'll play in the afternoon with more wind and greens with a lot of markings. As I start from the first, I'll chase a few birdies before the turn. One thing for sure, it's not because the leader is at -7 that the final score will be 4 times this score, this course has a good defense...

El Prat, Wednesday 13 May 2015

Pro-Am day with the Captain of the Spanish National Team, an happy man, recently European Team Champion 2 years in a row 2013-14 (he appreciates Thomas Detry within the Belgian amateurs). Today, I fine tuned the strategy off the tee because I discovered some new tees that weren't there 4 years ago and the Tour may use them... 

Spend also some time on the range to fit a strong 3 wood for the following weeks. Wentworth is a course where I rarely can hit the driver, so I'm thinking about it and Brian Nilsson was also keen on testing this new gear...

It's still quite hot, here in Catalunya, over the 30°, 8° more than normal...

"Young Pieters" suffers from heyfever, I know the feeling, it's full of pollen in the air, he says that it doesn't bother him too much, but I can see that his eyes are a bit swollen... and it won't rain in the next days... Good luck Dude...

El Prat, Tuesday 12 May 2015

What a pleasure to be in Catalunya, on that great El Prat new course designed by Greg Norman. We arrived on Monday afternoon, and I spent straight away 3 hours on the practice range. Such a beautiful sunshine and perfect grass, I couldn't resist to work till 8.30 at night.

And today, first interview at 7.30 and then a had 9 holes and a lot of training all day long. Had lunch with young Pieters, having a lot of stories and films from his sister wedding last week-end!

Quite a tough track this week, I played here before in 2011, a few weeks after my first win in China! You can't be short on the greens or you can spin off the greens, sometimes 50 meters away...

Great to see Sergio Garcia (who nearly won the Players on Sunday), Miguel Angel Jimenez and Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, all the Spanish players are of course here. They are taking me to fantastic food places, houuuu love that!

Pro-Am tomorrow in the morning, a good opportunity to fine tune the feelings of this course...

Don't hesitate to look at the Gallery the pictures taken today by Philippe Gaudy...

Training before flying to Spain El Prat

Belgium, Thursday 7 May 2015

Quite a buzzy week, I enjoyed the super organized Knauf Day in Joyenval, thank you Lothar Knauf, Serge Azaïs and Yann Ditsch ... and the charity day on Wednesday at Hulencourt for "La tête hors de l'eau", always a pleasure to help children in need. Thank you Victor Swart for your contribution and Alain Brandeleer (La tête hors de l'eau) and James Beckman (Hulencourt) for the organization.

The good news for me is that my game is tuned. Yesterday night we spend some quality time with Mich at the practice range on a windy Royal Waterloo. Today, some more driving practice on a course...

On Monday, it was a real pleasure to discover the Tom Simpson designed Mortfontaine. They kept the design and the spirit of Simpson on all bunkers and greens, the heather is still all over the place. They didn't let the trees invade the course, it's still quite open, the trees are sparse. This must be an inspiration place for all the Simpson designed courses in Belgium.

Knauf Day Joyenval Paris

Paris, Monday 4 May 2015

Back in Europe... Finally! Enjoyed some training this week in Royal Waterloo and Hulencourt but just now it's Paris for two days with my partner Knauf. And before going to Joyenval, I will enjoy 18 holes in Mortfontaine, a masterpiece designed by Tom Simpson in 1927, with my olf friend Marc Antoine Farry, the Pope of French Golf ;o)...

Great win Rory! Europe on top...Great move from Dany Willett...

By the way, Happy Birthday Rory...

Volvo China Open

Shangai, Wednesday 22 April 2015

Great memories with the Volvo China, my first win on the European Tour in 2011.

After a 2 month trip, this is my last week before a comeback to Belgium. Let's make it a good one. The good news is that I prefer the grass here in Shangai, not as grainy as last week...

Shenzen International

Genzon GC, Tuesday 14 April 2015

What a stunning performance Jordan Spieth... Congrats for your well deserved Green Jacket! Great last round Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter... well done Europe...

My first time here at Genzhon, Levy won here last year with Brian "Bo" Martin on his side!

Good to be back on Tour and to shake so many hands... Love it...


Nicolas Colsaerts is a Belgian golf professional and regular member of the European Tour.



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