Pope Francis inaugurates the Italian Open

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Pope Francis inaugurates the Italian Open

Even golf in audience with Pope Francis, and the Pope symbolically 'opens' the Italian Open.

Pope Francis, Italian Open

On the eve of the greatest event of tricolor golf, scheduled from 2 to 5 September at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio (Rome), the Holy Father granted himself a sort of golf "shot" at the end of an audience in the Sala Nervi in the Vatican.

A delegation of the Lazio regional committee of the Italian Golf Federation, in view of the European Tour tournament, donated the national team shirt to the Pope. With Pope Francis who, with the putter given to him by the delegation, touched the ball on a strip of green brought to the stage, therefore, there could not have been a better opening for the Italian Open than, in the home of the Ryder Cup 2023, from tomorrow to Sunday will see many of the best players in international golf compete against each other.

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.