Francesco Molinari, disappointing in Mexico

In Playa del Carmen the first lap of the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba immediately gave a show. In Mexico, the American Matthew Wolff equaled his best career lap on the Pga Tour and, with a bogey free trial closed in 61 (-10), with ten birdies, he leads the standings with two shots ahead of Aaron Wise, second with 63 (-8) and runner up in 2020.

Francesco Molinari, World Wide Technology Championship

On the El Camaleon Golf Club course (par 71) the blues do not shine. Guido Migliozzi after 18 holes played is 57 / o with 69 (-2), while Francesco Molinari is 104 / o with 72 (+1). Regret for both the Vicenza and Turin. The first, started from hole 10, scored two birdies in the first nine holes played. Then, in the second nine, he accompanied two other feats to two bogeys (one of which to 9). So many regrets for the Piedmontese that he started very strong with five birdies in the first six holes only to collapse with four bogeys and a double bogey in the remainder of the race. Nothing was missing in Mexico, where the American Chris Kirk, 3 / o with 64 (-7) alongside his compatriots Billy Horschel and Talor Gooch, as well as the Spaniard Sergio Garcia, created a ‘hole in one’. He did it on the first hole played (the 10), with a 207-yard 6 iron. The last player to hit a hole in one on the first hole in this event was Keith Mitchell in 2017. Among the big names, Viktor Hovland (reigning champion) is 20 / o with 67 (-4) equal to, among others, the Mexican Carlos Ortiz and the Americans Gary Woodland and Brendon Todd (winner in 2019). While Justin Thomas, favorite of the eve, is 36 / o with 68 (-3). Further back Brooks Koepka, only 92 / o with 71 (par) like Will Zalatoris, Shane Lowry and Garrick Higgo.

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.

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