In Chiba, Japan, after 36 holes played (out of a total of 72) Hideki Matsuyama is the new leader of the ZoZo Championship. Among the favorites on the eve, Matsuyama with a partial of 68 (-2) out of a total of 132 (64 68, -8) moved up from second position and, in the middle of the race, leads the leaderboard with a shot ahead of the American Cameron Tringale, second with 133 (-7). As at the end of the first lap, in the fifth round of the PGA Tour 2021-2022 there is still a Japanese at the top of the ZoZo Championship standings. First it was Hiroshi Iwata’s turn (who slipped to 7th place), now it was the most awaited one: Matsuyama.
Hideki Matsuyama, ZoZo Championship
Who won The Masters last April and is now one of the most beloved sportsmen in Japan, where he dreams of chasing the seventh success on the top American men’s circuit (in his palmares he also has eight victories on the Japan Golf Tour). Second in this event in 2019 (when Tiger Woods won), 28 / o in 2020, Matsuyama recorded three birdies and a bogey. Trailing him, on the course of the Accordia Golf Narashino CC (par 70), is Tringale. Then, in 3rd position with 134 (-6), the English Matt Wallace and the American Brendan Steele appear. Fifth place (135, -5) ex aequo for the Chilean Joaquin Niemann and the British Tommy Fleetwood. Collin Morikawa makes up 22 positions, from 42 / o to 20 / o with 139 (-1). Only 35 / o with 141 (+1) Rickie Fowler.
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.