• China Open, Round Four

Colsaerts claims maiden title in China

ESPN staff
April 24, 2011
Nicolas Colsaerts claimed his first European Tour title on Sunday © Getty Images


Nicolas Colsaerts ended his long wait for a European Tour title with a four-stroke victory at the China Open.

The Belgian held a narrow lead heading into the final round at Chengdu, but showed no signs of nerves as he birdied the opening hole to extend his advantage. A further five birdies helped him on his way to a flawless final-round 66 to take him to 24-under.

His victory at the Luxeshill Country Club makes Colsaerts the first Belgian winner on the European Tour since 1974.

"I'm dizzy, I had to check the scorecard a couple of times to check everything was right," said Colsaerts. "A lot of people expected me to do a lot better a lot earlier, sometimes good things come with age and hopefully this is the first one of a long series."

Colsaerts revealed he would not be playing in next week's Ballantine's Championship in South Korea in order to celebrate ending his title drought after his comprehensive win in China.

Pablo Martin's nine-under 63 was the best challenge, but the Spaniard could only manage a share of second place alongside Danny Lee (65), Soren Kjeldsen (66) and Peter Lawrie (68).

Colsaerts' playing partner Han Chang-won started the day a shot behind the Belgian, but a double-bogey at the ninth ended his challenge and the South Korean slipped down the leaderboard after a round of 74 that left him in a tie for 16th.

Danny Willett was the best-placed Briton after a sparkling final-round 65, as the Englishman finished with a flourish with two birdies and an eagle on his final four holes to claim a share of seventh place on 18-under.

Spain's Sergio Garcia had started strongly in China, but his round of 69 was only good enough to tie for 22nd.

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