Colsaerts closes Open with bookend 65, finishes under par
Open Championship

Colsaerts closes Open with bookend 65, finishes under par

If only the Open Championship was decided by the best three of four rounds played, Nicolas Colsaerts might well be holding the Claret Jug.

The long-hitting Belgian closed with his second 5-under 65 of the week to end the championship at 1 under par. With six birdies and a bogey in the toughest scoring conditions of the week at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Colsaerts will land the round of the day and a top-10 finish.

“It’s difficult not to have a smile on my face,” Colsaerts said, according to Golf Channel. “It’s great to come down the last couple of holes like this and have your game on and looking at very small things and seeing reads on greens the way I was today. It’s very pleasurable.”

It has to be hard for Colsaerts not to wonder what might have been, however, if he had not shot a second-round 77 after opening with 65. A third-round 72 left him at 4 over coming into the final day.

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