Robert MacIntyre was feeling refreshed and raring to go as he prepared to tee it up at the event that convinced him he could make it as a professional golfer. Then a 17-year-old amateur, he played alongside Spaniard Eduardo de la Riva in the team event at the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and he returns eight years later as one of golf’s rising stars.
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“That was pretty much the time that I realised I could play at this level. I played with Eduardo de la Riva and we still laugh about it every time we cross paths. That really opened my eyes to the world of golf. I thought, ‘I could do this for a living’, and here we are now. It was great fun and he had done well that year in The Open. I think he finished top 15 in The Open that year. So he knew what he was doing on links golf and it helped me out. I’ve just played so much golf. So we decided to take the break. I love going home”.
A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty. This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship). A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the “secret weapon” of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.
“He’s a good guy, he’s been through a lot as a sportsman and he’s the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I’m not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period. “. These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed ‘the Baltimore Shark’, important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. “The mental aspect is something I’ve worked on a lot with him lately. I’m really lucky to have him around. Besides, he’s a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value.” This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.