The BMW PGA Championship goes to Billy Horschel who in England, with a birdie on the last hole and a total of 269 (70 65 69 65, -19) strokes, signs the feat at Virginia Water. In Surrey the dream of victory for Francesco Laporta fades. Leader after the third lap, the Apulian finishes sixth with 272 (68 65 69 70, -16).
Billy Horschel, BMW PGA Championship
Four birdies and two bogeys in the last round for the 30-year-old from Castellana Grotte (Bari) who, with the tee shot at 13, hit his coach, Pietro Cosenza (who, after a showy bandage, immediately returned on board field to watch the Laporta race). Perhaps conditioned by the episode, Laporta was unable to reproduce the performance offered in the first 54 holes. After the fourth place (best blue) at the Italian Open for Laporta, however, the second consecutive Top 10 has arrived, which allows him to make a new leap forward in the Race to Dubai.
On the Wentworth Golf Club course (par 72) the party is Horschel. Among the protagonists of the PGA Tour, the American (who won the FedEx Cup in 2014) won the most important tournament of the European Tour 2021, the third and penultimate Rolex Series event of the year. The 34-year-old from Grant (Florida) overtook Welsh Jamie Donaldson, Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat and English Laurie Canter in the photo finish, all second with 270 (-18). While Francesco Molinari, winner of the tournament in 2018, ranked 35 / o with 281 (-7) ahead of his brother Edoardo, 57 / o (285, -3).
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.