Nicolas Colsaerts has maintained a heavy U.S.-based schedule in 2013. (Redington/Getty Images)
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Nicolas Colsaerts is in his first season as a PGA TOUR member. This week’s Travelers Championship is one of the new stops on his schedule. He arrives at an unfamiliar venue after doing something that’s becoming a more regular occurrence: contending at a major.
Colsaerts finished 10th at the U.S. Open. He also was seventh at last year’s Open Championship and was in fourth place, three shots off the lead, through three rounds at last year’s U.S. Open before fading to 29th.
“Funny enough, like the more difficult the tournament is and the course is the more you're going to get the most out of your game,” Colsaerts said. “The further we were going into the week, the tougher the course was getting, and that really played to my advantage knowing that I was going to be in control of my ball and give myself the off chance here and there.
"Mentally‑wise, it's such a fight that you dig deep and one or two shots can be so important. It's always easy at the end of the week to look back and think I could have been a bit closer. I made a double-bogey and a triple-bogey on Saturday and that got me just a little bit too far to be really threatening over Sunday. But I thought I did really well to fight until the end and get a top-10 in a major tournament again.”
Colsaerts, who moved to No. 109 in the FedExCup, felt like last week’s success could translate to a good showing in his debut at TPC River Highlands.
“It's obviously a little wider than last week, so whoever played last week is going to feel pretty confident with the driver on the holes here,” Colsaerts, 30, said. “But, I think, if one of these courses were guys like me that keep it in play or hit driver most of the time, they'll probably have those shorter irons that turn into a bit of an advantage.”
The U.S. Open was Colsaerts’ third top-10 in 12 starts this season. He also tied for ninth at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and finished eighth at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.