Sergio Garcia, Shane Lowry and Ian Poulter. With these three “wild cards”, captain Padraig Harrington has defined the European team that, from 24 to 26 September, will face the United States in the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin. Where there will be no blue in the race (it hasn’t happened since 2016).
Ryder Cup, European Team
After the Spaniard Jon Rahm (world number 1), the British Paul Casey and Tommy Fleedwood, the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and the Norwegian Viktor Hovland, they qualified autonomously – at the end of the BMW PGA Championship, event of the European Tour – for the super challenge Three other Brits are also scheduled at the Whistling Straits Golf Course: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton and Lee Westwood. And again, the Austrian Bernd Wiesberger. With the Irish Harrington who completed the team with the Spanish Garcia (record holder for points scored in the Ryder Cup), the Irish Shane Lowry and the English Poulter, nicknamed “Mr. Ryder Cup”.
There will therefore be six British. While there will be no Italians. Thus the dream of Guido Migliozzi fades. There will be, thanks to a non-optimal state of form, Francesco Molinari. That in 2018, in Paris, he dragged the Old Continent to success (winning five out of five matches, a European record).
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.