Colsaerts chases victory at his home from home
NICOLAS Colsaerts is back in the right place at the right time to continue his birthday celebrations by capturing the Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open at Anahita on the Ernie Elsdesigned course at the Four Seasons Golf Club.
Colsaerts – 36 years old on November 14 – has been the touring professional at the venue on the Indian Ocean island since 2010 and says: “I’m lucky enough to call it my second home – every time I come here I’m blown away by the place.”
The Belgian lost his way 12 months ago when the event was staged at the Heritage G.C. which is why he is delighted it has returned to the Four Seasons G.C. where he finished third two years ago.
That was one of his better performances since his last European Tour success in 2012 – his second round 65 when he tamed a wild wind was an absolute masterclass – but he will have gathered much needed confidence by making money from seven of his last eight events on the 2018 schedule.
Colsaerts won four titles in four years from 2009, culminating in being a member of the ‘Miracle in Medinah’ European Ryder Cup team, and his powerhouse game is well suited to the 7,401 yards (par 72) course with space off the tee although the small greens are not easy targets.
Els, who will be 50 next year, is hoping a little insider information will also help him turn the clock back and he is looking forward to playing one of his own designs – “I’m thrilled with the way the course has matured and the way it moves in and out of the trees along the water gives great variety for shotmaking.”
South Korea’s Jeunghun Wang, who beat Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman in a play-off in 2016, and Italy’s Edoardo Molinari, who shot himself in the foot with a third round 78 that year but concluded the 2018 season with several solid performances, earn places in the staking plan.
Hope: Nicolas Colsaerts