Heart inflammation for Steve Stricker. After leading the US in triumph – as captain and with a record victory – in the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin, the 54-year-old from Edgerton spent 11 days in the hospital. “I look like an 85-year-old man and I have lost more than 11 kilos. My weight is what it was when I was still in high school,” explained the former world number 2.
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The first symptoms, a strong cough, on Thanksgiving. Then, an MRI scan before Christmas confirmed inflammation in the heart. New checks, for Stricker, are expected on January 20. “I feel better – explained the American – I began to walk and to show myself more active. But the fright was great”. Stricker could stay off the green for at least six months. “But now – he is keen to point out – the most important thing is my health.”
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.