History was made at the 2021 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship as Maeve Danaher became the first woman to win the team event alongside 2011 individual champion Michael Hoey. Northern Irishman Hoey holed a nervy four footer on the last for a birdie to get to 36 under but even then there was an agonising wait as the pair knew they could still be denied right at the death. In the final group, Danny Willett was left with a birdie putt of his own that would have handed him the team trophy alongside Jimmy Dunne, but the 2016 Masters Champion had to settle for a par as he took home individual honours. For Danaher – a 22 handicap left hander who putts right handed – the victory not only gives her bragging rights over husband Gerry McManus, who finished fifth alongside Shane Lowry, but also continues a proud family record in the team event.
Maeve Danaher, statements
“Gerry and I had a little bet on the first day to see who could get the best score, so I’ve won that! And that’s really pleasing! But it is absolutely amazing to win this competition in such an exciting finish and I am especially happy for Michael. He is an absolute rock, he’s fantastic. I wish he could have won the individual event too but hopefully he’ll get an individual win again soon”.
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.