Amundi Open de France R4

Colsaerts holds nerve to end seven-year wait for European Tour win

October 17-20
Le Golf National, Paris
€1,600,000
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Former Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts ended a seven-year winless run on the European Tour with a dramatic one-shot victory at the Amundi Open de France on Sunday.


The Belgian had last triumphed at the 2012 Volvo World Match Play Championship, four months before he was part of the European team that famously came back from 10-4 down to lift the Ryder Cup in the Miracle at Medinah.

His stock had fallen so far in the intervening years that he arrived at Le Golf National – the scene of another European Ryder Cup victory in 2018 – battling to keep his place on tour for 2020 after just one top-10 finish on the 2019 Race to Dubai.

He carded a closing one-over-par 72 on day four in Paris but that was enough to move him to 12 under and hold off the challenge of Dane Joachim B Hansen.


He started the day with a three-shot lead over South African George Coetzee and looked to be cruising to victory when he extended that to five after a birdie on the first.

But the demons that have led to him fighting for his playing privileges resurfaced and missed putts from inside 10 feet on the fifth, sixth and 12th meant he trailed Coetzee by two with six to play.

A spectacular chip-in eagle on the 14th had him back in the lead, but he would find the water on the next to surrender a double-bogey and slip a shot behind Hansen.

There was to be more drama, however, as Hansen took four putts from just short of the green on the 17th for a double of his own and Colsaerts held his nerve over the last three holes for a third European Tour victory.

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“It’s super special,” he told europeantour.com. “I’ve been coming here for so long and missed out a bunch of times and to do it here, to do this like this where at the end it was a pretty dramatic, makes it even better.

“I was kind of looking for a week like this where everything sort of clicked together. I don’t really have a week like that for a long, long time.

“It changes everything for me for the next couple of years, a lighter schedule. I have a wife at home and a little kid now that I am going to be able to spend a bit more time with now, which is nice.”

Hansen carded a closing 68 to finish a shot ahead of Coetzee and two clear of American Kurt Kitayama.

Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan and Scot Richie Ramsay were in the group at eight under alongside two-time major champion Martin Kaymer.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-12
67
66
67
72
272
2
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-11
68
68
69
68
273
3
George Coetzee
RSA
-10
65
68
70
71
274
4
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-9
66
68
70
71
275
T5
Martin Kaymer
GER
-8
68
69
69
70
276
T5
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-8
66
69
70
71
276
T5
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-8
68
69
68
71
276
T8
Chris Paisley
ENG
-7
68
74
68
67
277
T8
Hugo Leon
CHI
-7
68
72
70
67
277
T8
Thomas Detry
BEL
-7
71
68
70
68
277
T11
Joost Luiten
NED
-6
69
76
65
68
278
T11
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-6
69
71
69
69
278
T11
Steven Brown
ENG
-6
71
68
69
70
278
T14
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-5
71
73
65
70
279
T14
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-5
70
72
65
72
279
T16
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-4
66
71
69
74
280
T16
Victor Perez
FRA
-4
67
71
69
73
280
T18
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-3
68
74
69
70
281
T18
Romain Langasque
FRA
-3
68
73
70
70
281
T18
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-3
67
72
71
71
281
T18
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
65
74
71
71
281
T18
Alexander Noren
SWE
-3
72
72
71
66
281
T23
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-2
73
70
68
71
282
T23
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-2
70
71
68
73
282
T23
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-2
71
67
66
78
282
T26
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-1
74
69
69
71
283
T26
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
69
73
71
70
283
T26
Brandon Stone
RSA
-1
68
69
69
77
283
T29
David Lipsky
USA
Par
71
72
69
72
284
T29
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
Par
70
72
70
72
284
T29
Hudson Swafford
USA
Par
74
65
69
76
284
T32
Adrien Saddier
SCO
1
73
72
68
72
285
T32
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
1
70
72
70
73
285
T32
Lee Slattery
ENG
1
71
68
75
71
285
T32
Niklas Lemke
SWE
1
73
67
74
71
285
T32
David Horsey
ENG
1
70
72
69
74
285
T32
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
1
67
70
73
75
285
T32
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
1
71
74
70
70
285
T32
Jerome Lando-Casanova
FRA
1
69
72
69
75
285
T40
Deyen Lawson
AUS
2
68
72
72
74
286
T40
Ben Evans
ENG
2
71
73
69
73
286
T40
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
2
72
71
70
73
286
T40
Charlie Saxon
USA
2
70
71
72
73
286
T40
Romain Wattel
FRA
2
72
70
71
73
286
T40
Renato Paratore
ITA
2
69
72
73
72
286
T40
Frederic Lacroix
FRA
2
72
72
66
76
286
T40
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
2
75
70
70
71
286
T48
Gavin Green
MAS
3
73
68
71
75
287
T48
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
3
70
69
72
76
287
T48
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
3
70
74
70
73
287
T48
Stewart Cink
USA
3
70
70
74
73
287
T48
Bradley Dredge
WAL
3
69
73
72
73
287
T48
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
3
74
69
72
72
287
T54
Jordan Smith
ENG
4
68
74
70
76
288
T54
Ashley Chesters
ENG
4
70
73
71
74
288
T54
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
4
72
73
72
71
288
T57
Jeong-Weon Ko
FRA
5
73
69
70
77
289
T57
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
5
73
72
70
74
289
T57
James Morrison
ENG
5
71
73
72
73
289
T57
Haydn Porteous
RSA
5
72
73
72
72
289
T61
Liam Johnston
SCO
6
68
76
69
77
290
T61
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
6
69
73
73
75
290
T61
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
6
69
76
73
72
290
T61
Justin Walters
RSA
6
67
77
75
71
290
65
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
6
76
69
77
69
291
T66
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
8
67
76
73
76
292
T66
Richard McEvoy
ENG
8
69
75
74
74
292
T66
Darren Fichardt
RSA
8
67
77
75
73
292
T69
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
9
71
74
71
77
293
T69
Max Schmitt
GER
9
72
72
76
73
293
71
Jake McLeod
AUS
10
73
69
73
79
294
72
Oliver Fisher
ENG
12
70
72
75
79
296
T73
Charles Larcelet
FRA
14
71
71
76
80
298
T73
Ashun Wu
CHI
14
70
74
76
78
298
75
Marc Warren
SCO
15
71
72
80
76
299
76
Julien Quesne
FRA
16
70
72
78
80
300
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
4
69
77
146
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
4
70
76
146
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
4
75
71
146
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
4
73
73
146
CUT
Joel Stalter
FRA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
4
68
78
146
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
4
73
73
146
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
4
76
70
146
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
5
72
75
147
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
5
73
74
147
CUT
Cyril Bouniol
FRA
5
72
75
147
CUT
David Howell
ENG
5
74
73
147
CUT
David Law
SCO
5
71
76
147
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
5
72
75
147
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
6
73
75
148
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
6
70
78
148
CUT
Espen Kofstad
NOR
6
71
77
148
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
6
74
74
148
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
6
72
76
148
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
6
77
71
148
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
6
74
74
148
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
7
76
73
149
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
7
74
75
149
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
7
76
73
149
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
8
74
76
150
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
8
76
74
150
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
9
76
75
151
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
9
78
73
151
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
9
76
75
151
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
10
75
77
152
CUT
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
10
75
77
152
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
11
75
78
153
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
12
77
77
154
CUT
David Ravetto
FRA
12
76
78
154
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
12
78
76
154
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
12
77
77
154
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
15
76
81
157
DSQ
Daniel Gavins
ENG
Par
73
73
DSQ
Marcel Siem
GER
Par
0
DSQ
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
Par
70
70
RET
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
Par
75
75
RET
Julian Suri
USA
Par
71
71