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Colsaerts' strong finish worth KLM lead

Sept. 9, 2010 at 3:11 PM

HILVERSUM, Netherlands, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Nicolas Colsaerts fired a 6-under-par 29 on the second nine Thursday and took the lead after the first round of the European Tour's KLM Open in the Netherlands.

Colsaerts had a first-round, 8-under 62 and is two strokes ahead of Kenneth Ferrie and Shiv Kapur, both of whom eagled the 18th hole and are tied at 6-under. Seven golfers are another stroke back at 5-under 65.

Colsaerts was three under after 12 holes before closing with five birdies in his final six holes.

That run started at the par-3 13th hole where Colsaerts had his tee shot end up 4 feet from the hole. His birdie at 14 came on a 7-foot putt. He finished the round with a two-putt birdie from 25 feet on the 499-yard, plar-5 18th hole.

"It's like a home tournament for me and I grew up playing very similar courses in Belgium so I feel very comfortable here in this course with the trees everywhere and a very traditional layout," Colsaerts said. "There have been some changes here and they have done them very well. I love these courses because I am so used to the layouts."

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