Seven European Tour players participating in the ACCIONA Open de España presented by Madrid travelled to the Dehesa de la Villa park to help ACCIONA with its environmental commitment to plant over 3,000 trees in the Community of Madrid by the end of the event.
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Spaniards Adrian Otaegui, Alvaro Quiros and Sebastian García Rodríguez were joined by Italians Andrea Pavan and Francesco Laporta, Frenchman Joel Stalter and Paraguayan Fabrizio Zanotti to show their support for the sustainable spirit at the event.
ACCIONA is a world leader in providing regeneration solutions for a carbon-free economy, and its partnership with the Open de España is targeted at taking the event’s status beyond carbon neutral to impact positively upon the environment.
Growing the ‘lung’ of the Spanish capital is yet another part of the green philosophy at the heart of the event and a range of measures have been put in place by ACCIONA in collaboration with tournament promoters, Madrid Trophy Promotion, to develop a sustainability programme across five key areas that include mobility, infrastructure, purchases/suppliers, consumption and waste, in the hopes to establish a climate change blueprint for other large-scale sporting events.
An example of the programme in action is the more than 40 electric and hybrid vehicles in place as part of the official transport service, whilst tournament promoters are incentivising the use of vehicles with the ‘0 Azul’ environmental classification, electric mopeds and public transport for spectators throughout the week.
With ACCIONA coming on board as title sponsor of the Open de España in July, the tournament will be the first on the European Tour to comply with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that include 17 objectives such as protecting the planet, ending extreme poverty, and reducing inequality, all to be achieved by 2030.
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.