Ahmad Rashad: “Tiger Woods a dear friend”

Ahmad Rashad has achieved many great things in his 71 years but the former NFL star will never forget the day he made a hole-in-one at Kingsbarns Golf Links in the 2021 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The American went to four consecutive Pro Bowls when playing as a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings and earned himself a Ring of Honour from the team based in Minneapolis. After retiring with 495 caught passes for 6,831 yards and 44 touchdowns, he has enjoyed a successful broadcasting career in the United States, covering the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball. He is also a keen golfer, playing most of his golf at The Grove in Florida, and the Oregon native made all the practice count on Saturday, taking a seven iron off the tee at the 176 yard 15th and finding the bottom of the cup for a net zero. And he revealed after his round with Kristoffer Broberg that there was only one person he wanted to contact after his amazing feat – 15 time Major Champion Tiger Woods.

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“The first thing I did was text Tiger! He is a dear friend of mine and I wanted to let him know. He got back straight away – all he said was: ‘Well, I guess that means you’re buying’. This might be the highlight of my sporting career and that’s saying something! I took my seven iron out because of how windy it was. I’ve played the hole before and didn’t hit it far enough but this time I hit it right at the pin. It took one bounce and went in but I wasn’t sure from where I was. Then everyone went crazy!”.

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.