Colsaerts finds comfort zone on difficult South


SAN DIEGO – For a majority of players in this week’s field at the Farmers Insurance Open, the South Course at Torrey Pines stands as the more daunting of the two tracks.

For Nicolas Colsaerts, it simply offered an opportunity Friday to accentuate some of the stronger areas of his game.

The long-hitting Belgian made it around the South in 5-under 67, failing to drop a shot while matching Pat Perez for the low score so far this week on the course that hosted the U.S. Open six years ago.

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“It is fun to play this good on a golf course that is as demanding as the South,” said Colsaerts, who heads into the weekend at 8 under, two shots beind overnight leader Jordan Spieth. “I’ve always liked the place, I think it suits my game pretty good. It’s a long ballpark.”

After breaking onto the scene at the 2012 Ryder Cup, Colsaerts struggled somewhat in 2013, his first full season on the PGA Tour, notching just five top-25 finishes in 17 starts. At No. 74 in the latest world rankings, he is looking to challenge for his first career Tour title while also keeping an eye on the OWGR as he hopes to crack the top 64 in advance of the year’s first WGC event next month.

“I have to say that last year was a new experience for me being over here all the time, new places, new golf courses,” he said. “I was a little disappointed last year, but this is why I’m back. I’d like to feel a little more comfortable over here and play this Tour, which is by far the best in the world with the best courses.”

With two more rounds still to play on the South Course, Colsaerts remains optimistic that he’ll be able to tame the 7,698-yard layout once again this weekend.

“It’s one of the best courses we play all year, probably one of the courses that suits my game the best,” he added. “So yeah, I’m really looking forward to it.”