In Madrid, the chances of achieving the “treble” for Jon Rahm, who, in the 93rd edition of the Open de España, lost ground. The world number 1 (who won the tournament in 2018 and 2019, did not play for Covid in 2020), second in the middle of the race, slipped to ninth position with a score of 202 (-11) strokes after the ” moving day “. Another Iberian, Rafa Cabrera Bello, climbs up from sixth position. With a bogey free lap in 64 (-7) out of a total of 196 (67 65 64, -17), the 37-year-old from Las Palmas is now at the top of the standings with two strokes ahead of compatriot Adri Arnaus and Frenchman Julien Guerrier, both second with 198 (-15).
Jon Rahm, Open de España
Two bogeys (both in the first round) and nineteen birdies. This is the roadmap of Cabrera Bello who, at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid (par 71), is chasing his fourth career victory on the European Tour, his first since July 2017 when he managed to win the Scottish Open. Chance of success also for the English Jack Senior, 4 / o with 199 (-14) ahead of his compatriot Richard Bland, the Dutch Will Besseling (alone in the lead halfway through the race), the French Alexander Levy and the Indian Shubhankar Sharma, all 5 / i with 201 (-12). Among the Azzurri the best are Renato Paratore and Edoardo Molinari, both 21 / i with 204 (-9) ahead of Lorenzo Gagli, Nino Bertasio and Francesco Laporta, 48 / i with 208 (-5). And while Rahm gives up (for him the first round above par, 72, +1) and loses his patience for too many mobile phones on among the spectators, Cabrera Bello (among the favorites on the eve) dreams of the feat in the 93rd edition of the Open de España.
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.