Nacho Elvira still dominates at Celtic Manor

In Wales, the Spaniard Nacho Elvira is ready to fulfill his dream of his first career victory on the European Tour. certified the supremacy, in this event, of Elvira. With one lap from the end, the 34-year-old from Madrid, leading from the first round, with a total of 197 (64 67 66, -16) has a 6-stroke advantage over a quartet of pursuers, all 2 / i with 203 (- 10), composed by the American Chase Hanna, the Finnish Mikko Korhonen, the South African Justin Harding and the English Callum Shinkwin.

Nacho Elvira, results

At the Celtic Manor Resort (par 71) Elvira, who came out 11 times this season, at the 195th appearance she practically put the first trophy on the Eurotour in the safe. A great sports fan, in his palmares he boasts four titles on the Challenge Tour, the second European men’s circuit.

Now it’s official, Francesco Molinari misses the Tokyo Olympics. A consultation with his doctor has dispelled all doubts: the Turinese golfer will not be able to recover in time – for the men’s individual competition scheduled from 29 July to 1 August at the Kasumigaseki Country Club – from a back injury that has tormented him from time and that had already forced him to skip, among other appointments, the PGA Championship, second Major of 2021. Renato Paratore is ready in his place.

“I’m trying to find the right words, but I can’t find them. I have a back problem that has held me back for most of the season and which now unfortunately prevents me from representing my country in the most important sporting event in the world. For all Italian athletes hoping to be able to participate in the Olympics in the future “. Thus, on twitter, Francesco Molinari motivated the choice of him. Difficult, for an athlete who had already decided to forfeit the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 for other reasons (the Zika virus). And that after the worldwide triumphs of 2018 (his record year), he hasn’t found success since March 2019 (Arnold Palmer Invitational, PGA Tour).

Nothing to do, not even this time. The Piedmontese will not fly to Japan where Italy will be represented by Guido Migliozzi, Giulia Molinaro, Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso and, probably (the official green light of the International Golf Federation is expected, after the request of the Italia Team), by Renato Paratore. That after winning a gold medal (in the individual competition) and a bronze medal (in tandem with Virginia Elena Carta) at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (China), is preparing to fly to Tokyo to chase a great result alongside of many world leaders.

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