Alain Boghossian, a special caddie for Levy

Sixth in the Italian Open at the end of the third round on Saturday, Alexander Levy is not only talked about for his performances in Rome. The name of his caddie arouses a lot of curiosity: it is indeed the ex-footballer Alain Boghossian, 1998 world champion. The former midfielder of OM (club of which Levy is a fan) and of Parma in particular, had devoted himself intensely to golf after hanging up his crampons and had reached an excellent level. “He helped me with his champion mindset”.

Alain Boghossian and Alexander Levy

“I’ve known him for a long time, I met him when I was an amateur and we kept in touch,” Levy told the official European Tour media. In 2008, the French Golf Federation appointed Boghossian captain of the French under-18 team, the “Boys”, among which were several nuggets, Victor Dubuisson, Romain Wattel and Alexander Levy.

A big decade later, here is the former footballer (50 years old today) alongside Levy on a European Tour event. “I felt that my game was on a very good path, I needed to be accompanied by someone with experience,” explains the latter (31 years old). And he has such a high level experience. He helped me with his champion mindset. I try to take inspiration from his mind”.

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.