The 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup of golf, kicking off today in Wisconsin (USA), will begin with a show. The two captains - Padraig Harrington for Europe, Steve Stricker for the USA - have announced the pairings for the first four double 'foursome' matches that will open the 2021 edition of the super-challenge in Kohler.
Ryder Cup, schedule
On the Whistling Straits Golf Course, Europe immediately relies on the all-Spanish duo made up of Jon Rahm (n.1 in the world) and Sergio Garcia - in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Ballesteros and Olazabal who wrote indelible pages of the event - who will face the proven Justin Thomas-Jordan Spieth.
Then it's up to Paul Casey-Viktor Hovland to take on Dustin Johnson-Collin Morikawa. So, the 'match 3' with Lee Westwood-Matthew Fitzpatrick against Brooks Koepka-Daniel Berger. Patrick Cantlay-Xander Schauffele will see it instead with Rory McIlroy-Ian Poulter.
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.