In Madrid, with a birdie on the first extra hole, Rafa Cabrera Bello wins the 93rd edition of the Open de España golf, overcoming Adri Arnaus in an all-Iberian derby. Both have closed the 72 regular holes with a score of 265 (-18) strokes but, to make the difference, in the play-off, it was the greater experience of Cabrera Bello.
Rafa Cabrera Bello, Open de España
The 37-year-old from Las Palmas returns to success on the European Tour after more than four years and drops the poker of victories on the top men’s continental circuit. On the course of the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid (par 71) second Top 10 of 2021 (after the one at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland) for Renato Paratore.
Best blue of the tournament, the Italian player closes in ninth position with 269 (67 70 67 65, -15). The ‘triple’ dream for Jon Rahm fades. The n.1 in the world, winner in 2018 and 2019 (in 2020 the competition was canceled for Covid), does not go beyond the 17th position (271, -13), thanks to a ‘moving day’ to forget.
Among the Italians 39 / o place with 275 (-9) for Francesco Laporta (who is celebrating his 31st birthday today) and Edoardo Molinari. Only 56 / o with 278 (-6) Lorenzo Gagli who precedes Nino Bertasio in the standings, 68 / o with 281 (-3). In Madrid Rafa Cabrera Bello dances the tango. And he triumphs at home in an event that is special for him. In 2002, as an amateur and at the age of 17, he managed to finish the competition in fourth place. Nineteen years later, and at the end of an exciting sporting battle and a sumptuous recovery at the 18th and final regulation hole, he fulfilled one of his childhood dreams. Him by winning the Open de España in front of his family. And the Madrid public at the play-off was all on his side, also given the challenge against Arnaus, the 26-year-old from Barcelona who for the third time in 2021 came close to success in Spain after having already caressed him at the Tenerife Open and the Canary Islands Championship, events to be he closed respectively in eighth and fourth place.
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.