The Fortinet Championship opens the 2021-2022 Pga Tour season. In Napa, California, from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 September at the Silverado Resort here is the show that precedes the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin (24-26 September).
Phil Mickelson, preview
From Jon Rahm, world number 1, to Hideky Matsuyama, from Phil Mickelson to Will Zalatoris, fresh from the award as best rookie of the 2020-2021 Pga Tour. These are the most anticipated players at the Fortinet Championship event which, until last year, was called the Safeway Open. And that in 2020 saw Stewart Cink return to success, 11 years after his triumph at The Open. Which this year, however, will not defend the title in California. Where Rahm aims to consolidate its leadership in the world ranking.
With him, who won the US Open in 2021, there will also be other big names who, in the last season of the Pga Tour, won a Major: Matsuyama (king of The Masters) and Mickelson (Pga Championship). Among the players who will chase the success also the Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat (second last week at the BMW Pga Championship, Rolex Series tournament of the European Tour) and the Americans Webb Simpson and Kevin Na. A total prize pool of $ 7,000,000 is up for grabs.
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.