Nelly Korda and Jin Young Ko, big challenge

In Naples, Florida, the queens of women’s golf from 18 to 21 November compete in the CME Group Tour Championship, the last act of the LPGA Tour 2021. Virtually all the best projects of the top American circuit will be present on the Tiburón Golf Club course. The stakes are very high: whoever wins the event will in fact be crowned as “Race to CME Globe Champion”, winning the female version of the FedEx Cup, and will receive a check for $ 1,500,000 against a total prize pool of 5,000. .000. It will be a super challenge between Nelly Korda and Jin Young Ko (reigning champion), respectively in first and second place in the world ranking.

Nelly Korda and Jin Young Ko

The American and the South Korean (who instead leads the Race to CME Globe right in front of the American) will also compete for the appointment of player of the year on the LPGA Tour. La Korda (gold medal at the Tokyo Games) in this ranking a points (contrary to what happens for example on the PGA Tour where the players choose the “player of the year”) is slightly ahead of the 26-year-old from Seoul and has just returned from the exploit at the Pelican Women’s Championship. Both boast four seasonal successes on the circuit where they have been absolute protagonists. But in Florida another award will also be awarded, the Vare Trophy reserved for the project with the lowest average score in the season. A challenge in the challenge, with nine of the best ten in the world on the field and past winners such as, among others, Sei Young Kim (2019), Lexi Thompson (2018) and Lydia Ko (2014). For an event that will be played over a distance of 72 holes, without cutting.

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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