Jon Rahm, a third place after the first round

In Madrid great start of Jon Rahm in the 93rd edition of the Open de España. Winner in 2018 and 2019 (the tournament was not played in 2020), the world number 1 (and reigning champion) after the first round closed in 63 (-8) is 3 / or two shots from the top occupied by Ross McGowan.

Champion in 2020 of the Italian Open, the English McGowan with a bogey test (with an eagle and eight birdies) and a score of 61 (-10), leads the ranking and is followed by another Iberian player, Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez (cousin of the champion Sergio), second with 62 (-9).

Jon Rahm, statements

In the European Tour tournament, at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid (par 71), a good start for Nino Bertasio from Brescia, Edoardo Molinari from Turin, Francesco Laporta from Puglia and Renato Paratore from Rome, all 21 / i with 67 (- 4). While the Florentine Lorenzo Gagli is 69 / o with 70 (-1). Guido Migliozzi from Vicenza disappoints, only 118 / o with 74 (+3) ahead of the Capitoline Andrea Pavan, 130 / o with 77 (+6).

Audience of great occasions in Madrid where, under the eyes of Gareth Bale, Real Madrid striker and great golf fan, Rahm did not disappoint. Idol of the crowd, he returned to play two years after the last time an event in Spain. And now the 26-year-old from Barrika is chasing the “treble” in the competition to emulate his legend Severiano Ballesteros, winner of the review in 1981, 1985 and 1995. But Rahm also aims to match Angel de la Torre, the only player to have made his for three consecutive times the trophy (in 1916, 1917 and 1919, in 1918 the tournament was not played) and the one who also boasts the record of successes (five) in the history of the event.

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.