Majors, great returns after several years away

The PGA Championship is returning to Southern Hills for the first time since Woods’ win there in 2007. That event will be remembered for two things: Woods’ absolutely brutal lip-out on the final hole of his second round that denied him the first 62 in major history, and his duel down the stretch with Woody Austin. Southern Hills will have a much different look this year after undergoing a dramatic renovation from Gil Hanse.

The U.S. Open returns to the Country Club of Brookline for the first time since Curtis Strange’s win in 1988, the first of his two consecutive U.S. Open wins. Brookline is best known as the scene of Francis Ouimet’s historic upset of Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in 1913 and as the scene of the United States’ record-setting comeback in the 1999 Ryder Cup.

Open Championship at St. Andrews

After a one-year delay, the 150th Open Championship will be played at St. Andrews, a fitting venue for a landmark Open. The one-year delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic means it will have been six years since St. Andrews’ last Open, a win by Zach Johnson in a playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman. Oosthuizen won there in 2010, and Woods claimed the preceding two Opens at St. Andrews. This will be the 30th Open held at St. Andrews, and little has changed since its first one in 1873. The list of winners at St. Andrews includes many of the game’s greatest players, such as Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Bobby Jones, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros and Peter Thomson.

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.