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Rookie Gets Tip From The Masters Master
Nicolas Colsaerts feels he’ll take inspiration from the lessons learnt in his crash course in how to play Augusta from Masters legend Jack Nicklaus ahead of his debut.
Colsaerts, only the third Belgian to compete at the Masters, is vying to become the first rookie to win the Masters since Fuzzy Zoeller won the coveted Green Jacket in 1979, and received a rare opportunity to pick the Nicklaus’ brain, 50 years after winning his first title at the Georgia country club.
The Ryder Cup star spent an hour with six time winner Jack Nicklaus, talking strategy for all 18 holes and the different wind and pin positions.
“We pretty much spoke about every hole. It took an hour and we went fast, believe me. There is a lot to talk about,” said Colsaerts.
The 30-year-old, known as the ''Belgian Bomber'' for his length off the tee says there's something he needs to be aware of as a rookie.
"When you come here for the first time, you're going to have to accept the fact that you're going to hit it in certain spots that you didn't really want to and you're going to try to limit the damage."
For someone who has never played in a Masters I feel pretty clued up. It’s given me quite a boost to know I have the right eyes on certain parts of the golf course.”
"Experience is always going to play a big role and any tournaments you win you're going to have to hole some putts, but I like my chances."