Joachim Brandt Hansen, great start in Dubai

Francesco Laporta has a strong start in the United Arab Emirates and, after the first round of the Dubai Championship, is 6 / o with 66 (-6), three shots away from the Danish Joachim Brandt Hansen, alone in the lead with 63 (-9). At the Jumeirah Golf Estates (Fire Course, par 72) in Dubai, Laporta (who has just returned from seventh place at the Portugal Masters) started the penultimate event of the European Tour (which in 2022 will be called Dp World Tour) 2021 on the right foot , making an eagle (at 13, par 5), five birdies and a bogey. The Apulian (second in 2020) is now closer to qualifying for the last act of the season, the Dp World Tour Championship which, again in Dubai, next week (18-21 November) will see the best fifty players of the circuit competing. Currently 46th in the order of merit, Laporta in the Dubai Championship precedes Guido Migliozzi from Vicenza, 26 / o with 68 (-4) and author of five birdies and a bogey. He occupies 38 / a square with 69 (-3) the Turin Edoardo Molinari. Further back, Nino Bertasio from Brescia, 75 / o with 71 (-1). Trial to forget for the Roman Renato Paratore, 114 / o with 79 (+7).

Joachim Brandt Hansen, Dubai Championship

In Dubai he tries bogey free with nine birdies for Hansen who leads the leaderboard with two shots ahead of the French Antoine Rozner (reigning champion), the South African Dean Burmester (fresh from the home win on the Sunshine Tour at the SA PGA Championship) and the English Andy Sullivan and Paul Waring, all second with 65 (-7). Same score as Laporta, however, for the British Tommy Fleetwood (among the favorites on the eve) and Callum Shinkwin. And again: for the South Africans Darren Fichardt and Zander Lombard.

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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