Joys and sorrows for Italgolf at the BMW PGA Championship. In Virginia Water, in Surrey (England), Francesco Laporta with a great test closed in 65 (-7) signs the best part of the day (together with three other players) and at the middle of the race he is second with 133 (-11), at a shot by the Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat, left alone in the lead with a score of 132 (-12). While Guido Migliozzi, eliminated (116 / or with 147, +3), says goodbye to the dream of qualifying for the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin (24-26 September in the USA).
BMW PGA Championship, results
On the Wentworth Golf Club course (par 72), with a second bogey free lap backed by 7 birdies, Laporta has risen from seventh position and now “sees” the summit. Already best blue (fourth) last week at the Italian Open, the Apulian shares second place with Laurie Canter (runner up in 2020 in the 77th edition of the highest Italian golf review). In great shape Laporta, 30 years old from Castellana Grotte (Bari), in the most important tournament of the European Tour 2021, among the four Rolex Series of the season, wants the first success on the circuit. Among the Azzurri, the Molinari brothers also surpass the cut. Good performance for Edoardo, who gains 51 positions and is now 36 / o (140, -4). Reverse path for Francesco, from 12 / o to 62 / o with 142 (-2). All the other Italians out. But in England Laporta continues to grind hits and plays. And 36 holes from the end of the competition (which offers a total prize pool of 8,000,000 dollars) the company is aiming.
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.