Colsaerts smashes longest drive in Euro Tour history


Well, he’s nicknamed the “Muscles from Brussels” for a reason.

On Thursday, Nicolas Colsaerts hit the longest drive in European Tour history – a 447-yard blast that left him with just a gap wedge into the 613-yard 18th hole at Celtic Manor, host of the 2010 Ryder Cup.

“The hole was playing downwind (10-15 mph) and I managed to get a good bounce,” he told reporters afterward. The massive tee shot topped the previous Euro Tour best of 442 yards, set by Shiv Kapur in 2012.

The ensuing eagle on 18 propelled Colsaerts to a 5-under 66 and put him just one behind leader Joost Luiten at the Wales Open.

The longest drive this season on the PGA Tour was hit by Bubba Watson, who sent one 424 yards on the 16th hole at Firestone. He was the only player to eclipse 400 yards this season.