The 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin began in the name of the show with the United States, carried away by the home crowd, which at Kohler started with their foot pressed on the accelerator. At the Whistling Straits Golf Course - where the fans started filling the stands at 5 am, among the American supporters also Michael Jordan - in the first double "foursome" matches it is Europe that scores the first point.
Thanks to his most anticipated drivers, the Spaniards Jon Rahm (world number 1) and Sergio Garcia who, in the opening match, beat Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth by 3/1. The US takes the blow and reacts immediately with Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa good at stemming the competition from Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland.
On the wings of enthusiasm, the team led by Steve Stricker stretches again thanks to the plays of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele who annihilate (5/3) Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter.
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The trio is signed by Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, putting Lee Weestwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick against the wall, but also the whole continental team.
The couples change, the "fourball" matches begin (which will end late in the Italian night) and the USA are still protagonists. Johnson, paired with Schauffele this time, continues to raise his voice and Paul Casey / Bernd Wiesberger feel the pinch.
Rahm tries again, this time flanked by Tyrrell Hatton, to keep Europe afloat defending the title won in 2018 in Paris. So it is Tommy Fleetwood (who with Francesco Molinari three years ago in France was the absolute protagonist), with Hovland, to do well against Thomas and Cantlay.
But the talent of the Americans is evident - eight players in the team in the world Top 10 - as well as the support of the public. "Usa, Usa", choruses and roars for the US team that flexes its muscles in Wisconsin.
And Europe is in trouble, already with its back to the wall. 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.