Jeff Winther continued his fine scoring in Spain on the 2021 Race to Dubai as he carded an opening 62 to take a one shot lead at the Mallorca Golf Open. The Dane signed for a 62 earlier in the season at the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open and he matched it at Golf Santa Ponsa, equalling the lowest round of his European Tour career and moving to eight under in the Balearic Islands. South African Bryce Easton and Swede Niklas Lemke were his nearest challengers, a shot clear of local favourites Jorge Campillo and Alvaro Quiros and German pair Bernd Ritthammer and Matti Schmid. Winther followed his 62 on Gran Canaria in April with a 64 and, when you add a 63 at the 2019 Open de España, four of his seven lowest European Tour rounds have come on Spanish soil.
A 2015 European Challenge Tour graduate who came through the Qualifying School in 2016, 2017 and 2018, he has been inside the top 100 on the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex the past two seasons, and is on course for his best finish in 2021. He reached nine under after 15 holes in round one on the par 70 layout and, while a 59 would not have made the record books due to preferred lies being in place, Winther was left to reflect on an impressive effort in what he admits is a laid back week.
“Very pleased. Played with two great guys today (Matthieu Pavon and Victor Dubuisson), we had a lot of fun out there, so it was lovely. I didn’t have any expectations going into this week, got my family here so we are just trying to enjoy it. I took the whole day off yesterday, didn’t touch a club. Warmed up on the range where we can only hit five irons. Apparently that’s the way to do it.”
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.