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So happy that Miguel Angel Jimenez accepted our invitation to play the Kings of Golf. This will be a wonderful 4 BBB for all Belgian golfers and for our charities. More than 30 years of history of the European Tour and the Ryder Cup will be present at Royal Zoute. I'm really grateful to Sam, Txema and Miguel to spend this afternoon of golf on Sunday 6 october.
More personally, I'm relieved to be back in a position to win again on Tour. It was quite close in Wales and that birdie on 17 could have open the doors of the play-off. Anyway Joost Luiten was in super form this week after a strong build up with a 4th place in Italy, and a 5th at the KLM, there are no secrets...
Great day in Royal Zoute with partner 2PM. I had the pleasure to hand them pictures of the Junior Bombers who had a solid summer, 2 pictures that will find proudly a place on their wall of the new 2PM offices in Knokke.
RYDER CUP week. So happy to be there with the team in Gleneagles. I will follow them very closely with a micro of the BBC radio in the hand, I'm really looking forward to! GO EUROPE...
My trustful CALLAWAY driver did it again. 447 yards longest drive on 18 in Celtic Manor. Longest drive ever on the European Tour! But more important, I made an eagle on that hole for some mojo on my game...
Anyway, it's in the Record book!
Today 66 -5
Vincent: "After a good week in Holland, Nicolas flew this morning to Wales to play the ISPS Handa Wales Open on the famous Celtic Manor course. There's already a pre-Ryder Cup flavor because this course was the scene of the 38th edition of the Ryder Cup in 2010. Europe won 16 1/2 - 11 1/2 against USA and the European Captain was Colin Montgomerie.
Speaking about next week's Ryder cup, 4 players from the European Team will be in Celtic Manor: Lee Westwood, Stephen Gallacher, Thomas Bjorn ans Welshman Jamie Donaldson (who never won yet his national open...)!"
For Nicolas this open played on a very challenging course is another opportunity to make some move on the Race to Dubai order of Merit...
After two days in Belgium, I arrived safely in Zandvoort to play the KLM Open. Thanks Daan Slooter for your invite, you know that I have a great respect for your (your team) capacity to organize such a big event so close to our country. All my congrats to you, dear neighbours. I'm a great fan of all tournaments organized on the European continent, our craddle of golf!
I enjoyed quite a lot those two days spent with friends, it was refreshing to be back on homesoil even if can't complain of this Swiss week. On Monday at Ravenstein with the Business club of the Leopold Club (field hockey) invited by Softimat, the company of good friend Bernard Lescot. And on Tuesday, Knauf had the brillant idea to bring some invitees together at the Naxhelet Golf Club. What a discovery! I'm so proud to witness that, in Belgium, some people who bravely build such ambitious golf course with splendid infrastructure. A future jewel on the Belgian crown... Félicitations Françoise and Bernard Jolly! Like always this Knauf golf day was perfectly organized by Lothar Knauf, Serge Azaïs and Patrick Renard. They are members of my golfing family! Thanks for your support.
Kennemer week = intense week. Wednesday: Training early morning then Press conference then Pro-Am at 1.00 PM!
[Vincent:] Flory Van Donck pro-Am today. Flory was a Pro here in Crans, he was the teacher of Olivier Barras, a great young Swiss player, 8 times Swiss champion, who unfortunately lost his life during a car crash on the Monza circuit in 1964...
By the way, did you know that Flory has been also, and for a long time, coach on the National German amateur Team?
Crans is not an easy course for Nicolas, the golfballs are flying so far at this altitude, difficult to control the exact distance. The main concern will be on the greens, Nicolas needs to regain confidence and lower his putting average, even if the long game is great and that he's hitting a lot of greens... But for now all is in the putting...
Change in the schedule: the KLM Open is in, good to play at our neighbors in Kennemer.
Even if the Belgian weather is in super form, this Monday was a great moment meeting Thierry Neuville, Andre Lotterer, this week-end heroes. This Stars and Drives day is a great initiative by Monroe to bring some motor sport and sport(wo)men in general (Xavier Malisse, Philipe Saive and many others). Special Congrats to Thierry for his extraordinar win in the WRC Rally in Germany. A real stunt!
Very early start tomorriow to Italy, for a great tournament site: Circolo do golf Torino La Mandria. This is the home of the Brothers Molinari, a rare quality place! I love the food, the language, the course and the people...
One good day last week and then a sore neck on Friday that turned worst on Saturday. Could only do 1/2 swings and no envy whatshowever to withdraw from the tournament..
Now in Prague, trying to be fit for this tournament who looks like a great nex venue on the European Tour. Thi is the future of the European Tour. So quite glad to be there...
Vincent: After an important fine tuning with Mich Vanmeerbeek in St Nom la Bretèche last week, Nicolas is ready to return on Tour tomorrow. Direction Denmark, for the Made in Denmark Open. Mich and Nicolas worked a lot on the putting routine with a new line on the ball to ensure a right set up. All the tunings are implemented to recover Nicolas' confidence on the greens.
Program: 4 weeks tournaments in a row: Denmark, Prague, Torino and Crans-sur-Sierre. After that, a week off before Wales and the Kings of Golf, the Charity at Royal Zoute with Txema Olazabal.
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.