In Scotland, on his 34th birthday, Danny Willett is giving himself the Alfred Dunhill Championship. On the historic Old Course (par 72) of Saint Andrews, the Englishman, with a total of 270 (67 69 66 68, -18) strokes, celebrates his eighth career title (figure including a Major, the Masters Tournament 2016) on the European Tour. A very special day for the golfer from Sheffield who conquered the summit at the end of the “moving day” and never let go.
Danny Willett, Alfred Dunhill Championship
Willett overtook his compatriot Tyrrell Hatton (who won this event in 2016 and 2017) and Swede Joakim Lagergren, both second with 272 (-16). Fourth place ex aequo, with a score of 273 (-15), for the British Richard Bland and the Irish Shane Lowry. Sixth (274, -14) for Daniel Gavins. Top 10 also for Tommy Fleetwood, seventh with 275 (-13) like Dean Burmester. Good final for Guido Migliozzi from Vicenza (the only blue to have passed the cut), 17 / o with 279 (68 72 71 68, -9) after a final round closed in “-4”, supported by five birdies and soiled by a bogey.
After the defeat in the Ryder Cup, Hatton, Lowry and Fleetwood close the 20th competition of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship among the top ten players of the tournament. But to party, double, is Willett. Which returns to success two years after the last time (BMW PGA Championship, 22 September 2019). And so it happens in the roll of honor to the French Victor Perez (champion of Alfred Dunhill in 2019, in 2020 the competition was canceled for Covid). It was since 2004 (Ernie Els at the HSBC World Match Play Championship) that a golfer hadn’t won a tournament on the European Tour on his birthday.
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.