Colsaerts seals one-shot Open de France win
Nicolas Colsaerts ended his seven-year wait for a trophy as he won the Open de France by one shot after a final round one-over-par 72.
The 36-year-old Belgian was firmly on course to end his wait for another European Tour success, stretching back to the 2012 Volvo Match Play Championship, as he held a three-shot lead going into Sunday's final round at Le National course in Versailles.
But he endured a poor start with bogeys at five, six and 12 to slip behind Denmark's Joachim Hansen.
Colsaerts hit back to birdie the 13th and chipped-in for an eagle on 14 only to put his ball into water at the 15th which allowed Hansen to move back level with him.
But, Hansen's bogey at the 17th proved pivotal, as Colsaerts managed to par his remaining holes to secure the trophy which also ensures that he keeps his Tour card for another two years.
The former Ryder Cup star said: "This is a very special moment for me as the French Open for me has always been very special given I am French speaking, and I have been coming here for I don't know how many years.
"It's been a long road and I've had so many people supporting me over the years, and that is why I am so emotional.
"I went through up-and-downs for so many years now that is just so good to win again.
"Also, this win changes everything for me for the next couple of years.
"I can now play a lighter schedule as I have a wife at home and a little kid now that I am going to be able to spend a bit more time with now, which is nice."
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