Not a brilliant start for the Azzurri at the Dutch Open, the European Tour golf tournament. In Holland, after the first lap, the Roman Renato Paratore is 73 / o with 72 (par) and precedes the Florentine Lorenzo Gagli, 93 / o with 73 (+1), and the Bolzano Aron Zemmer, 135 / o with 77 (+5).
Niall Kearney, Dutch Open
In Cromvoirt, on the Bernardus Golf course (par 72), Irish Niall Kearney surprisingly leads the leaderboard with a score of 65 (-7). The 33-year-old from Dublin, with a brilliant career as an amateur but with no success on the top continental circuit, is closely followed by Dane Martin Simonsen and German Maximilian Kieffer, both second with 66 (-6).
Brawl in fourth place where, with a partial of 67 (-5), there are nine players. These include the English Sam Horsfield, the Belgian Thomas Detry and the Spanish Santiago Tarrio, leader of the Challenge Tour. at the BMW PGA Championship), four birdies and three bogeys, between highs and lows.
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.