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Shenzhen International

Shenzhen, China

Current round: 4

Pos.: 89

Sunday 19th April 2015 12:37 CEST (GMT +02:00)

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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...

Singha Classic 2015 - Thailand

Royal Hills, Sunday 12 April 2015

Finished second after a playoff. Had a good day, -5, against a good field firing for low scores. -8, -6, -5's all over the score board... My only bogey came at the first playoff hole because of a drive, pushed right, I had to plays sideways under a tree, there came the bogey... Sad but with Brian we will keep one shot in mind: the chip on 18. 26 feet downhill, a lot of players would have choosen the putter (I would also a few months ago), but I took the sandwedge and had a go at it under the presssion of the crowd. A super smooth chip that ended next to the cup!

Great experience here, everybody seems happy of their week. The European Tour starts again next week in China, really looking forward to compete again and to see my Tour friends once again, it's been a long time ago, a lot of stories to be shared...

The Masters is so unpredictable, last year Spieth was leading by four on Sunday morning, but Bubba won... This year Spieth is stronger and more experienced, still 4 strokes ahead... But Rose and Mickelson can take their chances...

Royal Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Saturday 11 April 2015

No wonder there are so many good Thai golf players! The country has his own Tour with a great organization and superb courses. The standards are quite high and the level of performance is demanding. To play well you need your A game!

I seized the opportunity to be invited (I'm quite lucky and thankful to Singha), at the Singha Classic 2015 at Royal Hills Gold Resort & Spa because it's perfectly placed on my schedule, just after a too long break and just before the Chinese swing, next week and the week after... I'm back on track and solved the jetlag problematic...

Thailand is my second house, I enjoyed those two last weeks! Brian Nilsson and his lovely wife Fhon are making this week very special: golf, charity with juniors, food, music, friends, can't be thankful enough for their hospitality.

It's also Masters week, not easy too follow with the jet lag but Jordan is impressive, and I'm quite pleased to see Rose, Garcia and my good friend Hoffman up on the board, and I must say that Tiger's performance after those tough months is also spectacular.

Personally, I feel fine during this tournament so far after 3 rounds at -9 (18 birdies yet). The new driver Callaway Big Bertha Alpha Double Diamond makes wonders with the Mitsubishi Rayon XT 80 Flex 80 shaft (a 1/4 inch shorter). Mich Vanmeerbeek was right: with each new driver's head you need a different shaft to match with it, finally we've find the good blend and I like it very much... Today, I hitted all fairways that's why I had only one bogey... One more round to go on Sunday...

Fitness in Thailand after Golf in Florida

Phuket, Friday 27 March 2015

Those 3 weeks in Florida were very interesting. Played golf every day, sometimes more than 36 holes. The Bears in Jupiter next to West Palm Beach has everything a Touring Pro needs for his training with greens up to 13 on the stimpmeter! Thank you very much, Sandro Piaget, for your welcome at your home and for your commitment on being a perfect sparring partner, it was not easy to take your money on the golf course.

Mikko Ilonen, Alexander Noren, Thomas Pieters, Alexander Levy (and some others US Tour pro's) were also tough opponents to beat but the Swiss Belgian Team booked a lot of success... 

Played a few time with the very competitive Michael Jordan, tough to beat because of the quality of his short game, an asset for somebody who hates to loose... What a sense of competitiveness in the heat of the game, you could feel you were playing with a great champion!!! Loved your music and your cigar MJ...

A new Callaway driver may find his way into my bag, the Double Black Diamond with a new shaft has proved his efficency so far, I will test him on the Singha Tour in Bangkok before the 2 tournaments in China. To be confirmed.

Played with young Pieters at the Bears and he displayed some impressive bunker shots, he's really amazing in the sand!. Another Belgian doing well in Florida is Thomas Detry, 3rd at the Floridian, once more highest ranked player of his team, Illinois, N° 1 team in the States for the moment. He's building his game up, the serious stuff begins in May!

Going to bay Hill, I gathered with my "family" on the PGA Tour, the boys from the Callaway truck, fun to to see them, they were my island of smiles when I had tough times over there...

Discovered the new Titleist ball at the Honda Classic and they are already in the bag, another great Pro V1x this 2015 millesime.

My Program: Masters week, I'll play on the Singha Tour in Bangkok followed by the 2 tournaments in China.

Tomorrow: Come on Belgium ... in Football (our Football not the US one).

Florida Training The Bears

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Arrived here on Thursday after a last goodbye to a great Lady...

Time to practice to be ready in China, after a first tournament in Bangkok on the Singha Tour where I received an invitation thanks to Brian Nilsson 's wife, my next two tournaments will be the Schenzen and Volvo China Open,

Hope to see maybe the two Thomas's (Pieters and Detry) who are also in the States. So proud of Detry's win in Louisiana at -13 with 66 on the last round and a 6 strokes margin...

Here at the Bears, I will try some new equipment from DUNNING and a member of the Callaway staff will present me the new drivers to test. Looking forward to find a new tool, we will arrive in 2 month in the hart of the season when the Tour will land in Europe, and I want to play the new drivers for that period.

Break Winter and training in Florida and Thailand

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

After those 4 first tournaments, time for a break with Raph Jacquelin, a mixt of hollyday and sport to keep the fitness.

Then more than three  weeks at The Bears in Florida before two good weeks in Thailand with a training week together with Marcel Siem and a tournament on the Singha Tour around Bangkok as final preparation before the two tournaments in China... But this calendar may change in accordance on how I'm playing...

Maybank Malaysian Open

Kuala Lumpur, Saturday 7 February 2015

After an useless Friday, that -5 of today was a good one. Starting on the 10, Brian told after the round that we could have scored birdies on each of the 9 last holes (from 1 to 9)... True that we peppered the flags and the 4 birdies left on greens were from less than 12 feet... but regrets are for journalists, we can only go forward with the real score and continue our routine till the confidence brings more regularity in the rounds...

Kuala Lumpur, Thursday 5 February 2015

It was very windy in the afternoon... not a bad opening score, one of the 5 best in the afternoon and the 5th score in total...

I lost a ball on the 18th but managed to make a birdie with the second ball... 'k ben content...

Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Vincent: Time is flying by, 4th tournament and we are already in February...

Total different atmosphere in hot and humid Asia, the green vegetation, the food, the culture... That's what Nicolas likes on The European Tour, the ever changing scenery and setting...

Today was the pro-am day, unusual on a Tuesday but good to check the course before another preparation day...

Starting times are out, Nicolas is playing with Alvaro Quiros and the 20 years old Black Mountain GC Thai Professional Jazz Janewattananond, a long hitter starting times for the crowd...

Dubai Desert Classic - Emirates Golf Club

Dubai, Sunday 1 February 2015

Some good streaks and some bad ones, but this Desert swing is still a good start of the season. The swing is ok, the short game is improving and I will need a lot of putting drills to recover my full confidence. My workplan and routines are clearly defined, repetition, intensity and commitment are the values that will lift my game to the upper level.

Flying  to Malaysia now, going from a dry climat to a warm and humid one... Good memories there in Kuala Lumpur where I could have won last year without the brillant display of Lee Westwood!

Dubai, Friday 30 January 2015

Everything was not pink today, a black day with the putter ... 2 more days to go low...

Dubai, Thursday 29 January 2015

Solid round. All credit on Mich Vanmeerbeek for the quality of my long game. This Emirates course asks for long and precise driving with also great long irons. That's why you see guys like McIlroy, Westwood, Gallacher Kaymer, etc, playing well... Not my first 65 here but it was 14 years ago, during my first participation in 2001, Mich was already there and I was more than a rookie...

Young Pieters looked to appreciate this course also, his strong long game is the key here!

All the big guns are there, up on the leaderboard, and a long way to go...

Dubai, Wednesday 28 January 2015

Pro-am day today on an early shot gun tee times, I like that. Mich Vanmeerbeek did the last fine tuning on my swing. We discussed also on the best landing zones on the par 5. Because of the wind change - 180° change, from the land in the morning and a stronger breeze from the see, the wind swap starting between 10 and 11 AM - we need to find the right strategy with the two winds. On the 4 par 5's, I have 3 blind landing zones, sometimes the 3 wood will be used with less chance to get in 2 on the greens because those par 5's are well defended against long driving...

Very strong field here at the Emirates this week: Stenson, Kaymer, McIrloy, Mc Dowell, Oosthuizen, Garcia, Els, Gallacher, Illonen or Grace. With all those names, it's a little Major on the European Tour!


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


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