• The Belgian spent most of 2013 and some of 2014 over the Atlantic
• "It was very hard to adjust straight away," said Colsaerts
What did Nicolas Colsaerts learn from his two seasons playing on the PGA Tour?
“That I don’t want to live there.”
Off the back of an impressive debut in the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, the big-hitting Belgian spent most of 2013, as well as a chunk of last year, playing on the other side of the Atlantic.
However, after posting just three top tens in 29 starts and seeing his world ranking tumble from a high of 32nd in May 2012 to 199th by last September, he decided to return full-time to Europe this season.
"It had never really been a dream of mine to play on the PGA Tour" - Nicolas Colsaerts
It hasn’t been a particularly straightforward re-adjustment. The 32-year-old has missed seven cuts from 14 starts and is sitting just inside the top 100 on the Race To Dubai.
However, Nicolas Colsaerts insists this is where he belongs after his pursuit of the ‘American dream’ turned into a nightmare.
“It’s difficult to live like a European over there just because of the way we grew up,” the two-time European Tour winner told bunkered.co.uk. “When you’ve lived in Europe all of your life, it’s very hard to go over to America and adjust straight away to living in a gated community and doing everything they way they do.
“Plus, I wasn’t really quite on as much of a mission as I should have been. If you go over there and you accept the challenge, then you can do well but, to be fair, it had never really been a dream of mine to play on the PGA Tour.
“I didn’t grow up in the generation where we had it on the TV every week like kids do these days, so it really wasn’t much of a goal of mine to play there.”
Nicolas Colsaerts is in Aberdeen this week playing in the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay at Murcar Links. He opened his title challenge yesterday with a 2&1 win over Gregory Bourdy of France and takes on South Africa’s Trevor Fisher Jnr in the final match out on the course today, teeing off at 2pm.
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Nicolas Colsaerts :: Tough times in the US
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