Colsaerts bids for PGA Tour card

Nicolas Colsaerts hopes an invitation to the Open will enable him to clinch a PGA Tour card for next season.

Two weeks after a winning Ryder Cup debut, Belgian Colsaerts could have something else to celebrate in a few days.

The 29-year-old hopes an invitation to the Open in California will enable him to clinch a PGA Tour card for next season.

"When you get a chance to play this Tour with all these players, the courses you play and on such a big stage, it would be stupid not to consider it," Colsaerts said.

"Once you get a taste of what the possibilities here are, they get you pretty excited."

To qualify for membership without going to the qualifying school he has to match the earnings of the player 125th on this year's money list.

With three events to go Colsaerts would be 120th at present, his eight appearances including seventh-placed finishes at both The Open and Wyndham Championship.

Those performances helped him earn a wild card from Jose Maria Olazabal and he repaid the Spaniard with a breathtaking eagle and eight birdies in a first day fourball win with Lee Westwood against Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.

It proved to be his only point, but with Europe winning so dramatically by one it was a week he will never forget.

"This has been the wildest rollercoaster ride I've ever been on," he said. "Emotionally it's something indescribable, especially the way we did it.

"Most of all you feel very proud to be part of an exceptional bunch of guys that made history.

"I've dreamed of playing Ryder Cup since I was really young and to be part of such an unbelievable history is something I'm very proud of.

"It gives you a bit of confidence. If you can deal with a lot of pressure you'll be able to deal with a lot more stuff in the future."

Colsaerts plays the opening two rounds alongside England's Gary Christian, who at the age of 40 came through the Nationwide Tour last year for a first crack at the big league and is currently 122nd.

The field also includes his compatriot Greg Owen and Open champion Ernie Els, who last week was competing in Scotland.