Colsaerts fires 11-under 60 at Portugal Masters

Nicolas Colsaerts came within inches of posting the European Tour’s first 59 Thursday.

Instead, the Belgium Bomber left his 18-foot birdie putt on No. 18 on the edge of the hole during the first round of the Portugal Masters. He finished with an 11-under 60 at Oceanico Victoria Golf Club in Vilamoura.

“I thought it was going to be slightly left to right at the end and it kind of went straight and basically just left it hanging,” the 31-year-old said. “Too bad; I thought it was a pretty good effort, especially with these dark clouds.”

He had seven birdies through 12 holes, then eagled the 315-yard, par-4 15th and the 589-yard, par-5 17th to reach 11 under. Colsaerts shot 7-under 29 on the back nine.

“When I made eagle on 15, I knew then that if I birdied the last three, that would have been 59,” Colsaerts said. “So I parred 16 and then walking down the fairway on 17, I said to my caddie after I hit a good drive, ‘It’s 59 or nothing’.”

There have been 19 rounds of 60 in the 42-year history of the European Tour.

Colsaerts leads by three over Scott Jamieson and Alexander Levy as weather forced play to be called for the day a few moments after Colsaerts’ group finished on 18.

16 groups are still left out on the course. Play will resume Friday morning.

– Information from the European Tour was used in this report

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