Rory McIlroy, a great start in Dubai with a 65

Rory McIlroy was the great protagonist of the first round of the DP World Tour Championship, the last act of the European Tour 2021 which will also designate the best player on the circuit. In Dubai the Northern Irishman (who has already won this event in 2012 and 2015) closed the opening 18 holes with a score of 65 (-7) strokes, two clear of a trio of pursuers, all second with 67 ( -5), composed of the Danish Joachim Brandt Hansen (fresh from the success in the Dubai Championship), the Finnish Tapio Pulkkanen, and the South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

Rory McIlroy, Dubai

At the Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth Course, par 72), as regards the six contenders for the “crown” of best player of 2021 on the European circuit, Collin Morikawa (world number 2 and leader of the “money list”) has started the race on the right foot. The American is in fact in fifth place – where there is a real brawl with ten paired players – with 68 (-4), three shots from the top.

Among the two Azzurri in the race, the best was still Francesco Laporta. Runner up at the Dubai Championship last Sunday, the Apulian with a score of 71 (-1) supported by four birdies and spotted by three bogeys, is 32 / o and precedes the Vicenza Guido Migliozzi, 40 / o with 73 (+1 ) and author of a swing test with three birdies and four bogeys. Disappointing start for Billy Horschel. Second in the “Race to Dubai”, the order of merit of the circuit, the American is 45 / o with 74 (+2), very far from the top.

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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