SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium ended more than seven years without a victory, shooting a 1-over 72 and surviving a wild back nine at Le Golf National in the French Open.
It was Colsaerts first victory since the Volvo World Match Play in 2012, when he was No. 32 in the world and played a role in Europe’s record comeback to win the Ryder Cup at Medinah.
Colsaerts played 214 tournaments worldwide since that last victory.
This one wasn’t easy, even after he stretched his lead to five shots early in the final round.
He had to chip in for eagle on the par-5 14th to regain the lead. Colsaerts gave it right back with a double bogey on the next hole. Joachim Hansen then made double bogey on the 17th hole that allowed Colsaerts to take the lead again.
Colsaerts closed with three pars for a one-shot victory over Hansen, who closed with a 68. George Coetzee, who led by two shots with six holes to play, made triple bogey on the 15th hole and shot 71 to finish two shots behind.
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The final round of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic was postponed until Monday because of more than 2 inches of rain overnight and a forecast for more.
Tommy Tolles and Scott Parel shared the lead. Colin Montgomerie was one shot behind.
Former Arizona State player Chan Kim rallied from eight shots behind by closing with a 4-under 67 for a one-shot victory over Shaun Norris in the Japan Open on the Japan Golf Tour. Koki Shiomi, who had the 54-hole lead, shot 79. … Francesco Laporta shot closed with a 1-under 70 for a one-shot victory over Robin Roussel in the Hainan Open in China on the Challenge Tour in Europe. … Jaco Ahler shot 5-under 67 for a two-shot victory over Ockie Strydom in the Vodacom Origins of Golf Selbourne on the Sunshine Tour. … Leandro Marelli closed with a 5-under 67 for a one-shot victory over John Somers in the Peru Open on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica. … HeeJeong Lim finished with a 2-under 70 for a two-shot victory in the KB Financial Star Championship on the Korean LPGA. … Japanese amateur Ayaka Furue closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-shot victory in the Fujitsu Ladies Tournament on the Japan LPGA.