Dean Burmester fired a flawless 65 to head into the weekend at the Omega European Masters with a slender one shot lead. Englishman Andy Sullivan and Belgian Thomas Detry were in a tie for second on ten under, with Italy's Renato Paratore a single shot further back.
Andy Sullivan, statements
Sullivan carded three birdies and his only bogey of the day on the front nine before making two further gains coming down the stretch. He was full of praise for his caddie Tom Ridley for his contribution so far this week.
"He is doing a great job and I'm doing my best to follow his instructions. It's just different now how I would see it, I would be a lot more aggressive with more recoveries, but putting it into the right areas has given us a lot of chances.
It has been easy pars, which round here is a luxury. It can be a dogfight out there sometimes trying to get it up and down around the greens - it's really tough. We're just being smart and diligent with our start lines and finish lines and it seems to be working." 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.