Found July 19, 2012 on USA Sports 360:

Belgian Born Golfer Nicolas Colsaerts has never won a major golf championship in his life. He does have 9 wins to his credit his latest at the Volvo World Match Play Championship where he defeated Graeme McDowell one up in May of this year. Colsaerts didn’t let his lack of experience stop him from playing well at the Open Championship, he went out and set the tone early with an Eagle on the par 4 second hole. Colsaerts continued to play well on the front nine, he made a bogie on the third hole and made birdies on holes 7 & 9 to go out in 31.

Colsaerts played the back nine very well, he made birdies at holes 12 & 15 to find himself tied for second after fifteen holes. With three holes left to play in his first round at the Open Championship and being in second place many wondered if Colsaerts could take over the lead Adam Scott had posted earlier in the day. Colsaerts had to be feeling the pressure although you couldn’t tell by the way he was conducting business out on the course, until now the best Colsaerts ever finished in a major was 27th at this years U.S. Open.

Yes sir, after fifteen holes Nicolas Colsaerts would find himself only one shot off the lead in one of the biggest golf tournaments in the world, The Open Championship. Colsaerts would go on too make par at 16. He would par 17 and have one more chance at the day one leader Adam Scott, with one hole left to play.

Colsaerts couldn’t find one more birdie to tie for the lead and finished the day at 5 under par shooting 65 to find himself in a tie for second place with Paul Lawrie and Zach Johnson.


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