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Colsaerts Clubs Come In The Bick Of Time

As preparation for retaining a world golf title goes having no tools can’t help. Yet that was the position Nicolas Colsaerts was in when he arrived in Bulgaria to defend his Volvo World Match Play crown.

Colsaerts was on his way out of his Belgium, flying out of Brussels airport when he came face-to-face with the most inconvenient of baggage handling strikes which meant that his beloved clubs and golf gear for the week was all left behind in the Belgian capital.

After the initial attempt to get his clubs and luggage to the Thracian Cliffs resort was thwarted by the airport strike, Nicolas Colsaerts had to ring his mother to fly his reserve set over from Paris.

Unfortunately that flight was cancelled and the back up set had not arrived in time, so the 30-year-old Belgian used social media to appeal to Brussels Airport staff.

After a frantic search for the original set of clubs, they were found and Colsaerts father Patrick was able to pick them up before flying them out on Tuesday night.

“It was pretty intense yesterday,” said Colsaerts. “It was either get my clubs or play with a random set which I did not want to do in the defense of my title.

“It has been disruptive. I wasted two days and I wanted to play today. But we travel enough to know that you have to deal with it. Thank God my father is going to be here tonight with some clothes and my clubs.”

Colsaerts will now take on the rest of the 24 man at the mouth-watering, Gary Player-designed, Thracic Hills golf course in Bulgaria, which has been touted as Europe’s very own Pebble Beach.

The Belgian is looking to become the first player since Ernie Els in 2004 to defend the title, while Australia's Brett Rumford is looking for three consecutive tournament victories.

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