Have you ever closed eighteen holes in 58 strokes? I really do not think so. Alejandro Del Rey, on the other hand, did and entered the history of European golf by right. Never before the Spaniard had delivered such a low score in a match.
Alejandro Del Rey, 58
Alejandro Del Rey, in the second lap of the Swiss Challenge, valid for the Challenge Tour, finished at -14 thanks to three eagles and eight birdies. The competition is played at the Golf Saint Apollinaire (par 72) in Michelbach-Le-Haut, France.
A "58" had already been signed by Jim Furyk on the PGA Tour in 2016 at the Travelers Championship, recorded however on a course with par 70. And again: by Shigeki Maruyama (in a prequalification of the Us Open 2000, par 71), by Ryo Ishikawa in Japan in 2010 (on a par 70).
Then by Jason Bohn (in 2001 at the Canadian Open, on a par 71, in a Mackenzie Tour event). And again by Stephen Jager (Ellie Mae Classic in 2016, on the Korn Ferry Tour, par 70), by Kim Sheong Hyeon (Golf Partner, Japan 2021, par 70).
In Europe there is a precedent: to score it was Sebastián García Grout, in the first round of the Campeonato de España in Murcia (in 2009, par 71). On that occasion the ball was placed: so the score was not considered official).
A day to remember therefore for Del Rey, 23 years old from Madrid, in the history of European golf thanks to a record-breaking performance. 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.