Nacho Elvira is still leader at the Cazoo Open

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Nacho Elvira is still leader at the Cazoo Open

In Wales another great test for the Spaniard Nacho Elvira who, after the second round, remains alone in the lead at the Cazoo Open, a tournament of the European Tour supported by Gareth Bale, Tottenham footballer and great golf fan.

Nacho Elvira, Cazoo Open

In Newport, with a partial of 67 (-4) out of a total of 131 (64 67, -11) strokes, Elvira beat Swedish Vincent Norrman (with him in command after 18 holes), now 2 / o with 133 ( -9). At the Celtic Manor Resort (par 71) a race to forget for the blues, all out to the cut.

None, among the 4 players in the race, managed to remove the pass to play on the weekend. From Lorenzo Gagli to Aron Zemmer, both 84 / i with 147 (+5), passing through Nino Bertasio, 112 / o with 150 (+8), and Andrea Pavan, 127 / o with 155 (+13).

Among the favorites on the eve, the English Matt Wallace climbs up, 4 / o with 135 (-7). While in 3 / a position with 134 (-8) the Japanese Masahiro Kawamura. And now the "moving day", before the final sprint, which will be staged in Wales without Italian players.

Now it's official, Francesco Molinari misses the Tokyo Olympics. A consultation with his doctor has dispelled all doubts: the Turinese golfer will not be able to recover in time - for the men's individual competition scheduled from 29 July to 1 August at the Kasumigaseki Country Club - from a back injury that has tormented him from time and that had already forced him to skip, among other appointments, the PGA Championship, second Major of 2021.

Renato Paratore is ready in his place. "I'm trying to find the right words, but I can't find them. I have a back problem that has held me back for most of the season and which now unfortunately prevents me from representing my country in the most important sporting event in the world.

For all Italian athletes hoping to be able to participate in the Olympics in the future " Thus, on twitter, Francesco Molinari motivated the choice of him. Difficult, for an athlete who had already decided to forfeit the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 for other reasons (the Zika virus).

And that after the worldwide triumphs of 2018 (his record year), he hasn't found success since March 2019 (Arnold Palmer Invitational, PGA Tour). Nothing to do, not even this time. The Piedmontese will not fly to Japan where Italy will be represented by Guido Migliozzi, Giulia Molinaro, Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso and, probably (the official green light of the International Golf Federation is expected, after the request of the Italia Team), by Renato Paratore.

That after winning a gold medal (in the individual competition) and a bronze medal (in tandem with Virginia Elena Carta) at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (China), is preparing to fly to Tokyo to chase a great result alongside of many world leaders.