Maddie McCrary: “Confidence is out the roof”

Texan Maddie McCrary hit the first ball of the 2021 LPGA Q-Series on the Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove, making the most of a pristine golf course and prime scoring conditions. The 25-year-old from suburban Dallas carded a 5-under 67 in Thursday’s first round and is tied for second after 18 holes of this 144-hole marathon.

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“I know it was a nice start. Just really felt really smooth. Irons are feeling really good,” said McCrary with a broad smile on her face. “I’ve just been working on my alignment the past month and that’s pretty much it. Ball striking feels really good. It feels like I can go at like any pin and attack it, so it’s been fun.”

McCrary first earned LPGA Tour status for the 2018 season but struggled to gain her footing, making just five cuts in her first two years on Tour. She has played full-time on the Symetra Tour for the last two seasons, with her seven top-20 finishes highlighted by a tie for third at the 2020 IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa. A strong start here in Mobile has given her a massive confidence boost as she looks to the long task ahead.

“My confidence is out the roof right now, especially after today,” said McCrary. “I just know what I need to go work on, hit a few putts, and then hopefully make a few more.”

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.