Produced one of the most glorious Ryder Cup debuts in history when, in partnership with Lee Westwood in the Friday fourballs at Medinah, he carded eight birdies and an eagle to defeat Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. Had been selected as one of José María Olazábal’s wildcards after a series of impressive performances that year, including victory in the Volvo World Match Play Championship and second place in the Volvo China Open, a fine defence of the title he won a year earlier. After his Medinah heroics suffered a dip in form, before showing plenty of promise towards the end of 2014, with one of the highlights of that upturn in form coming in the first round of the Portugal Masters, where Colsaerts had a putt for a first ever 59 on The European Tour. His effort narrowly missed, but his eleven under par 60 helped him to a second place finish. Made more headlines at the ISPS Handa Wales Open later the same season, where the ‘Belgian Bomber’ broke The European Tour’s long drive record, with a 447-yard monster drive at the last hole at Celtic Manor.
Began to fulfil his potential in 2009, having started the season without a category on the Challenge Tour, when he made his long-awaited breakthrough at the SK Golf Challenge in Finland. Later added the Dutch Futures, where he romped home by four shots. Those two victories, plus a further eight top ten finishes, meant he ended the year in third place in the Challenge Tour Rankings and climbed to 127th in the Official World Golf Ranking, having started the year outside the top 1,000. Turned professional in November 2000 on his 18th birthday, three days before the start of the Qualifying School Final Stage in Spain. Successfully negotiated all three stages and won the fifth card, becoming the third youngest player to achieve the feat. Comes from a sporting family as his great grandfather represented Belgium at basketball and water polo at the 1920 Olympic Games.