Colsaerts ready to go after break
Nicolas Colsaerts hopes the combination of a four-week break and a 'home' tournament in Holland can boost his bid for a Ryder Cup appearance.
Colsaerts was born in Brussels but has been playing in the KLM Open - also known as the Dutch Open - since he was a teenager and this week's venue of Kennemer Golf Club in Zandvoort is just two and a half hours' drive from his home in Rixensart.
"There was a junior tournament where the winner was given the chance to compete in the Dutch Open and I was lucky enough to win it a couple of times," explained the 30-year-old, who played in the junior Ryder Cup in 1997 and 1999 before making his full debut in the 'Miracle at Medinah' last year.
"This is probably the closest tournament to home for me, so it's always been special for me. I've got to know a lot of people here over the years, and it's always great to support the tournament."
Colsaerts narrowly missed out on the lucrative FedEx Cup play-offs in America, finishing 128th in the standings with the top 125 qualifying for the first event.
After missing the halfway cut in the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill, a nagging neck and shoulder injury meant he was unable to play in the Wyndham Championship, ending his chances of making the play-offs the following week.
"I took a few weeks off because I'd played a lot of golf over the last 18 months," added Colsaerts, who carded eight birdies and an eagle alongside Lee Westwood to beat Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker in the Friday fourballs at Medinah.
"With the Ryder Cup last year I was chasing the points to try to get into the team and playing so much golf took a toll on my physical condition. I think I played over 30 tournaments last year and my schedule this year has been almost as busy with the commuting from America to Europe.
"I needed a break and I only started hitting the ball again five days ago. It felt pretty weird at first, I don't remember the last time I'd taken such a long break from the game through choice. But it was vital for me to do so and I feel a lot better for it now."
Ryder Cup qualifying started in Wales a fortnight ago with France's Gregory Bourdy second in the European points list following his victory at Celtic Manor, behind European Masters winner Thomas Bjorn. Sweden's Henrik Stenson heads the world points list following his win at the Deutsche Bank Championship.