Nicolas Colsaerts Targets Return To Winning Ways

European Tour Preview: Nicolas Colsaerts Targets Return To Winning Ways

A preview of the Rocco Forte Open on the European Tour

Nicolas Colsaerts is keen to end a five-year title drought at this week's Rocco Forte Open in Sicily.

The big-hitting Belgian's last success came in 2012 and helped earn him a spot on Europe's Ryder Cup side that pulled off the Miracle of Medinah that year.

However, the 34-year-old has not been back in the winner's circle since - despite three top-three finishes last season suggesting that his odds of 33/1 may be good value.

Colsaerts also has past form at Verdura Resort on his side, having finished third last time the European Tour visited in 2012.

"It's been okay for a while," Colsaerts said of his recent form. "I keep shooting myself in the foot here and there on occasion, that kind of stops my momentum.

"I feel like I'm playing good enough but it's just these little details that when you add them all up make a bit of a difference.


"I'm into this building process of trying to get rid of these mistakes. I'm kind of actually waiting for a week to kick off a decent campaign."

Those concerned that Colsaerts may come up just short again can take advantage of 13/2 for a top-five finish.

Another former Ryder Cup player in the process of rebuilding his career is Italy's Edoardo Molinari, who forms part of a strong home contingent and hopes to reproduce the form which saw him win the Hassan Trophy last month, his first victory since 2010.

"Winning in Morocco was very big for me," Molinari, who is priced at 50/1, said. "I then had two poor weeks in China but I worked hard in the last two weeks and I'm just trying to get more consistently to the level I was playing in Morocco, which is surely good enough."

England's in-form Challenge Tour graduate Jordan Smith is the 12/1 favourite, while 40/1 chance Renato Paratore has had three top-10s in his last four starts on links courses.