Antoine Rozner, it’s almost a deja-vu in Dubai

Great performance by Francesco Laporta in the second round of the Dubai Championship, the penultimate tournament of the European Tour (which in 2022 will be called DP World Tour) 2021 of golf. In the United Arab Emirates, the Apulian with a bogey free lap closed in 64 (-8) out of a total of 130 (66 64, -14) strokes, in the middle of the race he is second in a single stroke from Frenchman Antoine Rozner, new leader with 129 (65 64, -15).

Antoine Rozner, Dubai Championship

Déjà vu in Dubai. Where the challenge between Rozner (reigning champion) and Laporta has renewed who, in 2020, ended the tournament in second place just behind the transalpine. Sixth at the end of the first 18 holes, at the Jumeirah Golf Estates (Fire Course, par 72), the 31-year-old from Castellana Grotte (Bari), who will become a father for the first time in a month, has achieved (together with four other players, among them pure Rozner) the best score of the day. Beside him now is the Danish Joachim Brandt Hansen, alone in the lead at the end of the first lap and protagonist of 36 holes without bogey, just like Rozner.

Back from seventh place at the Portugal Masters, Laporta in Dubai was still the best among the Italians in the competition. Starting from hole 10, he has made eight birdies, five of which are consecutive. Behind him is Edoardo Molinari from Turin (partial of -6 for him), from 38 / o to 17 / o with 135 (-9), and Guido Migliozzi from Vicenza, 25 / o with 136 (-8). Joys and sorrows for the Azzurri. In fact, the Brescian Nino Bertasio, 70 / o with 140 (-4), and the Roman Renato Paratore, 110 / o, with 148 (+4) came out. The prize pool is $ 1,500,000 and the event precedes the DP World Tour Championship, the last act of the season which, from 18 to 21 November, also in Dubai, will see the best 50 players of the European Tour 2021 compete.

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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