Colsaerts targets Ryder Cup wildcard place
22 Aug 2012 - 18:17:05
Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts believes his good form this season is deserving of a Ryder Cup wildcard selection.
Colsaerts, 29, is the only player competing in this final week of European team qualifying who can make it into Jose Maria Olazabal's side for the Ryder Cup which takes place at Medinah in Illinois from September 28-30.
The Brussels-born player is currently lying 12th on the points table, one spot behind England's Ian Poulter.
But while Poulter will look to be a certain wildcard pick, Colsaerts can break into the team by finishing first or second in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
"I have adopted the best way to go about it -- be very humble," said Colsaerts.
"I know Ollie (Olazabal) has been around for so many years. He's been to so many Ryder Cups that he's got all the scenarios covered regardless of what I do.
"You're only looking at two or three options, so it's quite simple. But what I've done I've showed basically everything I could have done to get the pick.
"Fortunately, I still have a way to get myself in, but I'd like to think that I'm in a pretty good position."
Colsaerts commenced his 12th season in the pro ranks with a fourth in the Volvo Champions event in January ahead of back-to-back top-10s in Qatar and Dubai.
He was then third in Sicily and runner-up in the defence of his Volvo China Open title before a seventh in the Spanish Open.
Colsaerts then capped his career in defeating former US Open champion, Graeme McDowell, in the final of the Volvo World Match-Play Championship.
Since then Colsaerts has finished 11th in the French Open and joint seventh in the British Open after failing to qualify since 2005.
"I've crossed paths with Ollie in the locker room, and it's funny, because he told me with a big smile, 'I'm watching you'," said Colsaerts.
"I was pretty honest with him and I told him it was very difficult to play without thinking about it.
"When you want something like that for such a long time, and you've never been in this position before, it's very difficult. I have been thinking about it all the time, simple.
"It's like there's not 15 minutes during any day where I don't think about it."
If successful in securing a wildcard, and should Poulter also be given a pick, then Colsaerts would be the only rookie heading to Medinah.