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Tour Report: No. 33 Nicolas Colsaerts

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To preview the 2013 PGA TOUR season, PGATOUR.COM is counting down the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2013. For an archive page with the top 100 players and for an explanation on how the list was compiled, click here.

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2013 PREVIEW: Nicolas Colsaerts posted a pair of top 10s in nine starts on the PGA TOUR in 2012, earning enough money as a non-member to finish among the top 125 on the money list to secure his card. The big-hitting man from Belgium has won twice on the European Tour in as many years, including the 2012 Volvo World Match Play where he beat Graeme McDowell in the finals, so he’s proven to be a quick study.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: This will be Colsaerts’ first season on the PGA TOUR but the 30-year-old will hardly need an introduction to golf fans in the United States. Not after he made eight birdies and an eagle in his match with Lee Westwood as the two beat Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker in the Ryder Cup. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Now here’s a player that will be fun to watch in 2012. He averaged 315.2 yards per drive and made enough money for PGA TOUR membership in just nine events. Colsaerts has the rare combination of length and a good touch around the greens. — Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Having accepted membership in 2013 via the top 125 in non-member earnings, he’ll be able to set his schedule. However, it remains to be seen what route he’ll take as it concerns his agenda abroad. Gamers that have attended this rodeo before understand that it’s one thing to emerge amid few expectations, but it’s another to reset and do it all over again in the spotlight. I love his swagger, which is to say that he seems to have a short memory, and that’s valuable in our world. If your salary game doesn’t raise his minimum, plug him in at $677K and collect. — Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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Regular Season ranking


Final Playoffs ranking


Best finish T-7th British Open
Wyndham Championship

Starts: 9

Cuts made: 8

Rounds played: 30

Top-10 finishes: 2

Money List rank: N/A

Driving distance: 2nd

Driving accuracy: 158th

Greens in regulation: 115th

Strokes gained-putting: 59th

Scoring average: 13th

By the Numbers *TOUR ranking

* — Statistics unofficial because Colsaerts did not play enough qualifying rounds


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