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Tour Report: Colsaerts in good shape for card

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Nicolas Colsaerts is 9 under through two rounds of the Open.

Laberge/Getty Images Nicolas Colsaerts is 9 under through two rounds of the Open.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

Nicolas Colsaerts grew up in Belgium but soon might be playing in the United States on a regular basis.

“This is all new for me, but every bit of taste that I get when I come over here and play is wonderful,” he said. “It would be stupid to think that I wouldn’t like to play over here.”

He’s moving closer to doing so, too.

Last week, Colsaerts accepted special temporary membership to the PGA TOUR — meaning he is eligible to receive unlimited sponsor exemptions for the remainder of the season. He’s now hoping to turn that into a TOUR card for next season.

The Belgian has earned $652,886 in eight starts this season, which includes three World Golf Championships starts. To earn his card for next year, he needs to remain inside the top 125 on the 2012 money list (currently Jeff Maggert is 125th with $598,994).

Colsaerts was originally a sponsor exemption in the Open but ended up getting in on his number after the last reshuffle on September 24.

Fast forward to this week’s Open and Colsaerts is just another step closer to locking up his card for next year.

Colsaerts opened with a 65 and Friday shot 68 to get to 9 under and in contention for his first win on this side of the pond.

A victory would give Colsaerts a two-year exemption.

It’s also probably not the last time Colsaerts will be in contention, either. Despite growing up overseas, Colsaerts, whose great grandfather represented Belgium at basketball and water polo at the 1920 Olympics, says the courses in the U.S. suit his game better.

”The conditions of the courses are just unbelievable to what we’re used to,” he said. “It’s a kid’s dream to play on courses as immaculate as these.”

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