The world of golf in solidarity with Naomi Osaka, number 2 in women’s tennis who left Roland Garros after the controversy for having decided to desert press conferences, considered harmful to her mental health. From Bubba Watson to Michelle Wie, the green lines up alongside the Japanese who admitted “suffering from depression”, asking for help.
Bubba Watson, statements
“I’ve been through it too and it was very hard. We athletes have to help and understand it, because what is happening to her has happened and will happen to many others”. So Bubba Watson, winner of The Masters in 2012 and 2014. The American, who last February wanted to talk about his suffering, caused by an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), immediately intervened in defense of the Osaka. “I know that interviews, being in the spotlight, is part of our job. But if at a specific moment you don’t feel your best you have to pick up, get up, leave, rest and find someone who can help you. I understand that and that’s why. I’m at his side “.
“I am really proud of the athletes who take care of their mental health and make it a priority. It is necessary to create a debate about it. What Naomi has done is extremely courageous and appreciable.” This is instead the opinion of Michelle Wie, whose injuries in the past in the recent past have led her to stay away from the green for a long time amidst gossip and controversy.
The PGA Tour is back in the limelight with one of the most anticipated events of the greatest American men’s circuit, The Memorial Tournament. In Dublin, Ohio, 120 players will compete from 3 to 6 June, including seven of the best ten in the world. However, the most awaited big player, Dustin Johnson, world number 1, will certainly be missing. As for the Top 10, Brooks Koepka and Tyrrell Hatton will also be absent. There will not even be Tiger Woods (who in July 2020 returned to play the tournament after 5 months of absence and who with 5 successes is the record holder of the competition), Phil Mickelson and Francesco Molinari, with the Turin still knocked out due to a back injury that it had already forced him to forfeit the PGA Championship, the second men’s major 2021.
Among the big names in the race, the Spaniard Jon Rahm, reigning champion, who with the success obtained in 2020 conquered world leadership for the first time in his career. The Iberian (third in the ranking) will try to become the first player since 2001 (the last to succeed was Woods) to make the back-to-back.
From Justin Thomas to Bryson DeChambeau (winner in 2018), from Hideki Matsuyama (king of The Masters this year and scoring at The Memorial in 2014) to Rory McIlroy. These are some of the champions who will take part in The Memorial. A total prize pool of $ 9,300,000 is up for grabs. For a show beyond sport.
At Muirifield Village Golf Club, spectators who have not yet been vaccinated will be given the opportunity to do so by administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.