Matt Wallace said is he hoping to regain confidence in Wales and kick-start a run of form that will help him secure a spot in Padraig Harrington’s European Ryder Cup team.
Matt Wallace, statements
“I feel like I’ve solidified myself there at the majors and had some decent results at the big stages but I’ve realised that with this game there is a big confidence level that you need to have to be able to compete and I don’t think I’ve quite had that. I feel like my game is the best it’s ever been, but you need to have proper high confidence to get the job done sometimes. What I haven’t been able to do is put it all together. That week (at the Valspar) I led the field in tee to green but my putting let me down, and that came back to a bit of confidence not seeing the ball go in the hole. And then when my putting has been quite good the long game hasn’t been as sharp so there’s a little bit of too-ing and frow-ing with that, and if I can put it all together that’s where I think I’ll be contending for tournaments We’re here to win, we’re here to play some good golf like I have been doing and put ourselves in to contention and hopefully get across the line. I’ve never played this golf course before. Obviously it’s iconic with the Ryder Cup in the past, and I’m looking forward to it. The weather is supposed to be great and just done some putting, the greens are quite good so looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do this week. It’s been really difficult this year of trying to find the balance of what I want to do. I want to make the team absolutely, but it’s what do I think about – do I want to think about making the team, or do I want to think about performing well and that will get me into the team. That’s the best way to think about it, be selfish in that sense, but I want Padraig to know like I did with Thomas that I’m rooting to get into that team because it’s what I want to achieve and so this is why I’m here this week. I need to start putting some results on the table so Padraig can see that I’m playing well and fingers crossed this is the start of what’s to come in the next couple of months”.
Now it’s official, Francesco Molinari misses the Tokyo Olympics. A consultation with his doctor has dispelled all doubts: the Turinese golfer will not be able to recover in time – for the men’s individual competition scheduled from 29 July to 1 August at the Kasumigaseki Country Club – from a back injury that has tormented him from time and that had already forced him to skip, among other appointments, the PGA Championship, second Major of 2021. Renato Paratore is ready in his place.
“I’m trying to find the right words, but I can’t find them. I have a back problem that has held me back for most of the season and which now unfortunately prevents me from representing my country in the most important sporting event in the world. For all Italian athletes hoping to be able to participate in the Olympics in the future “. Thus, on twitter, Francesco Molinari motivated the choice of him. Difficult, for an athlete who had already decided to forfeit the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 for other reasons (the Zika virus). And that after the worldwide triumphs of 2018 (his record year), he hasn’t found success since March 2019 (Arnold Palmer Invitational, PGA Tour).
Nothing to do, not even this time. The Piedmontese will not fly to Japan where Italy will be represented by Guido Migliozzi, Giulia Molinaro, Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso and, probably (the official green light of the International Golf Federation is expected, after the request of the Italia Team), by Renato Paratore. That after winning a gold medal (in the individual competition) and a bronze medal (in tandem with Virginia Elena Carta) at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (China), is preparing to fly to Tokyo to chase a great result alongside of many world leaders.