Ahmad Skaik: “I’m still at the university now”

Ahmad Skaik was proud to make history on day one of the 2021 AVIV Dubai Championship but the amateur was hopeful that there was even better to come. The 24-year-old student carded a four under 68 that not only beat his own best round on Tour by eight shots but was the lowest ever European Tour round by an Emirati. Skaik was five under after 13 holes over the Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates and while he three putted the 14th for a bogey, was rightly delighted with his round.

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“I’m very proud,” he said. “I didn’t think I was going to shoot that score so I am very, very happy. I still need to sink it in and maybe hopefully do better tomorrow. I’m very happy, my game is in really good form. I was hitting it pretty well out there, I felt in control of my game and the putts just dropped. Unfortunately I made a three putt on 14 but that was the only bogey of the day.” Fresh off finishing 42nd at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, Skaik admits it is not easy juggling his studies with his golf, but he will finish his university course before thinking about turning professional. “I’m still in university now and I have a semester now and the next semester is my last one, hopefully,” he said.”Hopefully after that I can play maybe six months as an amateur and hopefully turn pro. It’s pretty tough but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. I’m trying my best to do both – practise in the morning and then do my assignments later on and sometimes I take the day off because I always leave my assignments to the last minute which is not good! I think I’m doing alright”.

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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