Nicolas Colsaerts is looking forward to the Frys.com Open
Last Updated: October 11, 2012 4:48pm
Nicolas Colsaerts: Back in action in the USA
Nicolas Colsaerts is hoping his Ryder Cup experience can inspire him to more success in the United States in this week's Frys.com Open in California.
The 29-year-old Belgian has been invited to play in the tournament after helping Europe to their thrilling victory in Medinah and a good performance could enable him to clinch a PGA Tour card for next season.
Colsaerts is currently 120th on the money list with the top 125 qualifying for membership in 2013.
"When you get a chance to play this Tour with all these players, the courses you play and on such a big stage, it would be stupid not to consider it," Colsaerts said.
"Once you get a taste of what the possibilities here are, they get you pretty excited."
Colsaerts will play the opening two rounds alongside England's Gary Christian, who at the age of 40 came through the Nationwide Tour last year for a first crack at the PGA Tour and is currently 122nd.
The field also includes his compatriot Greg Owen and Open champion Ernie Els, who tied for 34th place in last week's Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Els and Colsaerts are Sky Bet's 16/1 co-favourites along with Fiji's Vijay Singh, while American Bryce Molder, who won an epic play-off against Briny Baird to win at CordeValle Golf Club last year, is a 40/1 chance.
Colsaerts also admits helping Europe win the Ryder Cup was a week he will never forget.
"This has been the wildest rollercoaster ride I've ever been on," he said. "Emotionally it's something indescribable, especially the way we did it.
"Most of all you feel very proud to be part of an exceptional bunch of guys that made history.
"I've dreamed of playing Ryder Cup since I was really young and to be part of such an unbelievable history is something I'm very proud of.
"It gives you a bit of confidence. If you can deal with a lot of pressure you'll be able to deal with a lot more stuff in the future."