Older and wiser Colsaerts seeks to recapture past glories

Sat May 28, 2016 12:41pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Nicolas Colsaerts may finally be seeing some light at the end of a long, dark tunnel after watching his fortunes nosedive since he featured in Europe's 2012 Ryder Cup victory.

The long-hitting Colsaerts has not won since landing the World Match Play title in Spain in 2012 but if he maintains his current rate of progress, he may not take too long to achieve the third European Tour victory of his career.

Colsaerts followed his 15th-place finish at this month's China Open by sharing third at the Mauritius Open and his form in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this week has improved with each passing day to give him an outside chance of victory.

"Right now I feel my game is good enough that if I make a couple of mistakes I can still hold a good score and a good day together," he told Reuters in an interview on Saturday after building on his opening 73 and 71 with a third-round 68, four under.

"You don't really waste any energy when you play well. You just go with a much smoother flow than when you're struggling and you're trying to find some things that just aren't there."

Colsaerts has a reputation as a bit of a party animal and was captured on film earlier this year hitting a three-iron into the night sky through a hotel window.

The 1.90-metre Belgian, who smashed a tour record 447-yard drive at the 2014 Welsh Open, notched up four birdies in a flawless front nine 31 on Saturday but the wheels threatened to fall off his round when he bogeyed the 10th and 11th.

Colsaerts has had a tendency in the past to react negatively to a sequence of disappointing scores but he says he is developing a more mature attitude these days.   Continued...

Golf - Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship - Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates - 21/1/16. Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts in action during the first round
Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs