Struggling Colsaerts slipping down the pecking order
Improving Detry has settled on circuit
Nicolas Colsaerts is enduring a dismal season and the former Ryder Cup man must be realising it seems he is slowly but surely becoming Belgium's No. 3 golfer.
Colsaerts used to be his country's top dog by a considerable margin, starring in the 2012 Ryder Cup opening fourballs, but at the age of 34 he has lost his game and is in danger of being left behind by two young guns. Thomas Detry is a solid bet for top Belgian honours in the China Open.
Thomas Pieters is the best Belgian by far – capable of anything in the years to come – but Detry also has the potential to be excellent. He won his maiden Challenge Tour title last summer by a staggering 12-shot margin and has made a decent start to life on the main circuit.
Detry was third in the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December and has made six cuts from nine starts. He was sixth in the Foshan Open in China on the Challenge Tour in October and could take a shine to Topwin Country Club this week. A missed cut by a shot in Morocco last time out is no reason for alarm.
Colsaerts has 2017 form figures of MC-28-MC-MC-60-MC-39. This tournament delivered his maiden victory in 2011, but six years later he appears to be badly struggling.
T Detry top Belgian
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