Nicolas Colsaerts moves three shots clear in French Open

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2019

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the French Open after a four-under-par 67 on Saturday, as he looks for his first European Tour title in seven years.

The return to the winners' circle also secures his tour card for the next two years, having started the week 114th in the Race to Dubai standings, perilously just inside the top 117 who qualify automatically for next season.

Colsaerts hit the turn in 34 after making back-to-back birdies at the fifth and sixth holes, then made another three gains on the back nine with just one bogey at 17.

Benjamin Hebert remains the leading French player at seven under par after rounds of 66-71-69, alongside German Major victor Martin Kaymer and South African Brandon Stone.

"I'm on a bit on a mission". "I played Challenge Tour last week in Ireland and I played very chilled out golf".

But Colsaerts recovered and kept his nerve on the final three holes to card a one-over-par fourth round of 72 and win on 12-under for the tournament.

"It's very special. I mean, the French Open for me is very special because I'm French-speaking", said the 36-year-old, who was part of Europe's 2012 Ryder Cup-winning team in the "Miracle at Medinah", but has since slipped to 424th in the world rankings. "If you played well today you could get a good score on this course", Moynihan told Sky Sports.

"It would be awesome to win this thing but if I stay away from thinking that I think my chances will a lot higher than if I see this thing in front of me", he told europeantour.com. It would be incredible to win this thing. "But like I said, if I stay away from thinking that, I think my chances will be a lot higher than if I see this thing right in front of me".

George Coetzee: "I was hoping it would continue but came to an abrupt halt on 13". Kind of the way I've been playing this week. That's why I get so emotional.

"A lot of play this week has been, not stress free, but it has been good", he added.

"So many people have supported me over the years". You don't really try to remember your birthday when you get to 40-plus, but yeah, a memorable day on my birthday. "I've got a game plan, but I need to be pushing on to try to win the tournament".

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