Will Zalatoris: “I have a little fire in my belly”

Will Zalatoris could point to a lot of factors that fueled his course-record, 11-under-par 61 in the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship. For starters, the reigning Rookie of the Year noticed he’d left a lot of 20-foot putts short last season, so he and coach Josh Gregory worked at it back in Dallas. Result: Zalatoris made 148 feet, 7 inches worth of putts Friday to grab the lead at 13 under.

Will Zalatoris, statements

“I think it’s funny that I get given a hard time about my putting and if you add in Augusta last year, which didn’t have Shot Link, I would have been a positive Strokes Gained putter. Is it the prettiest? No. But am I productive? Yes. I would be lying if I said I don’t have a little fire in my belly after missing out and watching guys that I grew up with playing as a part of Team USA. So hopefully down the road I’ll be a part of that team. If I was a betting man, I would have put all my money on Scottie, just because he’s a gamer. You saw what he did against Aaron Wise in Oregon’s backyard. He’s just always been that fiery competitor and the moment’s never too big for him. He and I have had a lot of great battles literally since – we played together since we were nine years old. He’s a guy that there’s just never a moment that’s too big and you think he’s out of it, next thing you know he chips one in and makes a 30-footer. That’s something he kind of mimics Jordan in that respect, too.”

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.