Fri, 22 Nov 2019

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Nicolas Colsaerts held on to seal a gripping one-shot victory over Denmark's Joachim B Hansen at the French Open, claiming his first European Tour title for seven years on Sunday at Le Golf National.

"It's very special. I mean, the French Open for me is very special because I'm French-speaking," said the 36-year-old, who was part of Europe's 2012 Ryder Cup-winning team in the 'Miracle at Medinah', but has since slipped to 424th in the world rankings.

It was Colsaerts' third European Tour triumph in total and his first since the Volvo World Match Play Championship in May 2012.

A brilliant chip-in for eagle on the par-five 14th put Colsaerts back into the lead, with a shoot-out against Coetzee over the treacherous last four holes on the 2018 Ryder Cup course seeming inevitable.

Colsaerts stood on the 18th tee needing a par to finally put the tournament to bed and he managed just that.

"Back nine (I) got excited. Really got to feel how it is to play for a European Tour tournament inside me," said the 29-year-old Hansen. "The screw-up on 17 cost me a chance this week unfortunately."

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