Matt Fitzpatrick: “It is really nice to be back”

Matt Fitzpatrick launches the defence of his DP World Tour Championship, Dubai title knowing another victory at Jumeirah Golf Estates would make him the first player to win the event three times, while it could also land him the 2021 Race to Dubai crown. The Englishman is one of six players who could finish the season as European Number One but, coming into the week sitting sixth in the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex, he would need to win the event and have other results go his way. However, Fitzpatrick has such a good record at this week’s host venue that the prospect of a surge to Race to Dubai glory cannot be ruled out. The 27-year-old won here in 2016 and 2020 and is so familiar with the Earth Course that he joked he could play it blindfolded. 

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“It’s really nice to be back, nice memories for myself, from 2016, and then obviously last year as well. You know the course like the back of your hand. I played this morning in the Pro-Am, and I’m thinking I could probably play it blindfolded anyway. So it is very nice to come out. The big thing for me is the greens are just so pure. They get really fast, they get firm. Already I feel like it’s quite firm. And statistically speaking why it suits me is because there’s a few more long irons, and apparently on paper I’m a bit better with my long irons than my mid irons and short irons. A few more of those, which helps. And like I said, the greens are so good.”

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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