Belgium’s Colsaerts Step Closer to Defending Title in Bulgaria

Sports | May 17, 2013, Friday // 18:48|  views

Nicolas Colsaerts of Belguim. Photo by Irish Independent

A day after Bulgaria made its debut on the European Tour, Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts made a step closer to successfully defending his title on the Thracian Cliffs course along the Black Sea shoreline.

On day two of the Volvo World Match-Play Championship in Bulgaria on Friday, the 30-year-old easily defeated Thailand's Kiradeck Aphibarnrat, winning 3 and 2.

The victory came a day after suffering defeat by South African Branden Grace.

"It (the course) played a little better today but there are still a few loose shots in my game but I needed to win so I guess it's mission accomplished," he said.

"But hey, I'm in a better spot this year than compared to this time last year when I managed to go through to the last 16 with just a draw from my first two matches."

The European Golf Tour is taking place from May 16-19, 2013 at Thracian Cliffs, which has been hailed as Bulgaria's version of the famous American coastal course Pebble Beach.

This is the first time that Bulgaria hosts a full European Tour event, part of a drive to break new ground in the largely untapped golfing market of Eastern Europe.

Even though Bulgaria doesn't have a player ranked in the world's top 1,500 professionals, it has managed to attract car manufacturer Volvo as a sponsor.

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