“Every time I hear those two words, I get chills. I have goosebumps even now ". The confession comes from Nicolas Colsaerts, fresh from the appointment as third vice-captain of the Ryder Cup in Rome 2023. The Belgian represents a certainty in terms of experience and charisma.
The 40-year-old from Schaerbeek is in the history of world golf for being one of the protagonists of the 2012 Ryder Cup, better known as the “Miracle of Medinah”. At the time, Nicolas was called by Olazabal with a wild card.
On the pitch alongside Lee Westwood he kicked off a memorable show in the Friday afternoon double fourballs match. The two won (by 1 up) over Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. Debuting in the lifelong dream competition, he made eight birdies and an eagle.
"When I think about what awaits me, I take a trip back ten years. I go to the opening ceremony, to the first race in Medinah, to the locker room - Colsaerts reminds the French newspaper l'Equipe -. The sense of belonging to that incredible thing is very, very strong.
" A professional since 2000, Nicolas Colsaerts boasts three wins on the DP World Tour, two of which arrived in 2011 (respectively at the Volvo China Open and the Volvo World Match Play Championship). In 2019 the last statement on the circuit (Amundi Open de France).
But on the bulletin board he counts, among others, two exploits on the Challenge Tour and one on the Alps Tour.
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"From a very young age, when you start playing sports, the first thing you are told and taught is that the important thing is to participate.
It's all very true - continues Nicolas Colsaerts - just as it is true that when you wear the European colors and play a Ryder Cup, all you want to do is win. And this is what we will try to do in Rome. My role is complicated because the decisions are made by the Ryder Cup captain.
I can simply be asked to deliver a coffee at the tee of 12. I'm not sure of the extent of my responsibilities. But in any case, one thing is certain: whatever I am asked to do, I will do it ”. And then a thought to Luke Donald who, after Bjorn and Molinari, focused on him for the challenge of the two worlds at the “Marco Simone”.
“The captain has played and lived in America for a long time and I was impressed to see how far Donald digs into the rankings to ask me about European players he doesn't know. There is a generational problem, with so many young people.
He wants to know everything about everyone " The words of the Ryder Cup Europe captain are unclear. “To tell the truth, Colsaerts had been on my mind for two months already. We played together in Medinah and on that occasion I saw what the Ryder Cup meant to him. The Ryder Cup is scheduled for next year (from 29 September to 1 October) in Guidonia Montecelio.