An authorization for the PGA Tour to play Saudi International (an event included in the Asian Tour 2022 calendar) without incurring disciplinary measures. Eight players of the top American men’s circuit, including Dustin Johnson (former number 1 in the world, now third in the world ranking), turn to the PGA Tour to play (without consequences) the controversy tournament scheduled from 3 to 6 February at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club of King Abdullah Economic City.
Saudi International, situation
Saudi International is part of one of those events strongly sponsored by the Super Golf League that aims to woo the big names in world golf to marry the nascent organization of the green to the sound of pharaonic offers. Not only. Saudi International, since its debut (in 2019), has been widely criticized with the accusations of many activists, aimed at the Saudi government, of wanting to use major sporting events as a tool to promote human rights in the country. In addition to Johnson (champion in 2019 and 2021), among the players who would have requested a authorization to play there would be Graeme McDowell (winner in 2020), Abraham Ancer, Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson, Kevin Na and Jason Kokrak.
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.