In Puglia the Sergio Melpignano Senior Italian Open started with a good performance by Emanuele Canonica. The best so far among the Azzurri, the Piedmontese at San Domenico Golf (par 72) in Savelletri di Fasano (Brindisi) after the first round is 4 / o with a score of 68 (-4), just one shot away from the shared summit. (with 67, -5) by the Swedish Joakim Haeggman and by the British David Shacklady and Peter Wilson.
Emanuele Canonica, Senior Italian Open
Six birdies and two bogeys for Canonica who, in the last tournament of the Italian Pro Tour 2021, also included in the Legends Tour calendar (European circuit reserved for over 50s), precedes the American Clark Dennis (winner in 2017 and in the 2018), fifth with 70 (-2) alongside three other players. Ninth place with 71 (-1) for the Welsh Stephen Dodd (champion in 2016 and second in the order of merit of the Legends Tour 2021), 16 / or with 72 (par) for the English Barry Lane (reigning champion). Further back the other blues. Mauro Bianco is 37 / o with 75 (+3), while Massimo Scarpa is 52 / o with 77 (+5) and precedes Michele Reale in the standings, 55 / o with 78 (+6) ahead of Gianluca Pietrobono, 56 / o with 79 (+7). Uphill start for Costantino Rocca, only 58 / o with 80 (+8).
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.