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Nicklaus tutorial gives Colsaerts a big Masters boost

By Mark Lamport-Stokes AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Sometimes golfers just get lucky and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts could not believe his good fortune after spending an hour last week chatting to golfing great Jack Nicklaus about how to play the Masters. Nicklaus has won a record six green jackets at Augusta National and the chance to pick the American's brain was "one of the highlights of my humble golf-life experience", Masters debutant Colsaerts later wrote on his official website.

Golf: From Nicklaus to Nicolas: Belgian gets Masters insight

A week ahead of his Masters debut, Nicolas Colsaerts could hardly believe his good fortune when he found himself sitting down for an hour's chat with 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus. The 30-year-old Belgian learned a few things about the formidable Augusta National layout from the legend who has won a record six green jackets, but also found he had discovered a few of the course's secrets on his own. "When I spoke to Jack about the place, I felt like I had the place pretty good screened up for somebody that has never played here," Colsaerts said.

Golf-Colsaerts thrives on tour with roadie days behind him

By Mark Lamport-Stokes MARANA, Arizona, Feb 22 (Reuters) - With his reckless nightclubbing days while living "like a roadie" now well behind him, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts has relished his golfing success over the last two years. The power hitter from Brussels has triumphed twice on the European Tour during that time, made a stunning debut at last year's Ryder Cup and has flourished in the opening rounds of the elite WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship this week.

Golf-I'm playing against animals, jokes Els after Colsaerts rocket

DURBAN, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Four-times major winner Ernie Els got his first close-up view of the world's longest professional hitter Nicolas Colsaerts at the Volvo Golf Champions on Thursday and the 43-year-old was stunned by his Belgian playing partner's power. "They should put a plaque down. I was coming from a different zip code and I've got to compete against these animals," joked Els after the first round in Durban.
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