Par-5 success gives Colsaerts BMW Masters lead

Nicolas Colsaerts has taken advantage of the par 5s so far this week at the BMW Masters, the first of four Final Series events on the European Tour.

The 31-year-old Belgian, considered one of the longest players in the game, is 9 under on par 5s through 36 holes at Lake Malaren in Shanghai. He birdied each of the four par 5s Friday en route to a second-round 8-under 64.

At 14-under 130, Colsaerts leads Alexander Levy by a shot.

“I was actually surprised at how well I’ve managed them, because for somebody that hits it as long as me, I don’t really think my stats on the par 5s are as good as they should be,” Colsaerts told The Associated Press.

Three weeks ago, Colsaerts opened with a 60 at the Portugal Masters, coming just shy of the first 59 in European Tour history. Colsaerts, however, went on to lose in Portugal as Levy won the rain-shortened event for his second victory of the season.

Still, Colsaerts is playing inspiring golf after missing out on the European Ryder Cup team. He also hasn’t won since the 2012 Volvo World Match Play.

“I felt like I’ve been in the zone a couple of times lately and it doesn’t really happen in such a short period of time like this,” Colsaerts, now ranked No. 142 in the Official World Golf Ranking, told the European Tour. “So it’s pretty nice when you can get it going like this and I’ve been playing quite well for the last couple of months.”

Levy, who held the first-round lead, birdied four of his first seven holes, but his second-round 66 has him one shot back at 13 under. Romain Wattel is third at 11 under.

Information from the European Tour and The Associated Press was used in this report

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