It's been 25 years since Tiger Woods first hit the PGA Tour. On 6 October 1996 at the TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas (where from tomorrow to Sunday the top American men's circuit will be the protagonist with the Shriners Children's Open) the Californian overtook Davis Love III in the play-off.
For "Big Cat" 90 holes were not enough to triumph, it took another extra to defeat his compatriot, celebrate the title in the Las Vegas Invitational and win a check for $ 297,000.
Tiger Woods, Pga Tour
It was the first of 82 titles (an absolute record shared with Sam Snead) on the PGA Tour for Woods, a timeless champion who now - after the serious car accident he was involved in last February in Los Angelse - is facing the greatest challenge.
tough. 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.