The new challenges of Nicolas Colsaerts - Trends-Tendances sur PC

The new challenges of Nicolas Colsaerts – Trends-Tendances sur PC

Winner of the tournament in 2019, Nicolas Colsaerts defends his title at the French Open this weekend on the diabolical Parisian course of the Golf National. As a reminder, the event could not be contested in 2020 and 2021. By his own admission, the Brussels champion is not approaching this challenge at his best. But he is already very happy to be there! Affected by a rare kidney disease (which weakened his immune system) almost a year ago, he put golf on hold for several months and never really resumed…

Winner of the tournament in 2019, Nicolas Colsaerts defends his title at the French Open this weekend on the diabolical Parisian course of the Golf National. As a reminder, the event could not be contested in 2020 and 2021. By his own admission, the Brussels champion is not approaching this challenge at his best. But he is already very happy to be there! Affected by a rare kidney disease (which weakened his immune system) almost a year ago, he put golf on hold for several months and only really returned to service last August. “I stopped the various treatments. I am cured and, physically, I feel good. I no longer feel tired. But logically, I lack competition and my game is not yet at the point in terms of regularity and efficiency,” he says. During the five tournaments he played this summer (Wales Open, Czech Masters, Omega Masters in Crans-Montana, PGA Championship in Wentworth and Italian Open), he did not manage to pass the slightest cut. “There is no secret, confirms his manager Vincent Borremans. To find his best level, he must play, play and play again. This is how he will regain confidence. He has lost nothing of his talent. You just have to put all the pieces of the puzzle back in the right place.” Aged 39, the “Belgian Bomber” aims to continue his career for a few more years. But to achieve this goal, he must keep his card on the DP World Tour. Given the circumstances, it’s a real challenge. Fortunately, whatever happens between now and the end of the year, he will still have the opportunity to play several tournaments in 2023 thanks to the medical exemption he received at the start of the season. It is an important spare wheel. When illness struck him last winter, Nicolas Colsaerts fell from above. “For many months, golf even became incidental. I thought first of all about my health and my little family,” he admits. This means that, despite average results, he is now relishing his return to the circuit. He is just waiting for that click that will allow him to join the fight for victories again. In this context, this week’s French Open is timely. The very challenging course of the National Golf, where he pulled out all the stops in 2019, suits him rather well, especially if the weather conditions are difficult. And in front of his French friends, he will surely be keen to strike a blow! Let it be said: 10 years almost to the day after being revealed to the golf world during the Ryder Cup in Medinah, the “Coels” is still there.

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