Jon Rahm, the shocking start at Valderrama

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Jon Rahm, the shocking start at Valderrama

In Sotogrande, Spain, a shocking start for Jon Rahm in the Andalucia Masters, tournament of the European Tour of golf. The Iberian, world number 1 and big favorite on the eve, occupies the 107 / a position after the first round in which he recorded his second worst score since he was professional (worse he had only done at The Players, on the PGA Tour, in 2017).

No birdie for the Spaniard, author of a partial of 78 (+7) strokes, but five bogeys and a double bogey at the Real Club Valderrama (par 71), theater of the Ryder Cup in 1997, which put the competitors to the test. Only ten of them registered a round under par.

Jon Rahm, the Andalucia Masters

In the Costa del Sol, the French Julien Guerrier is leading with 67 (-4), followed by Rafa Cabrera Bello (second with 68, -3) who, after the exploit at the Open de España, dreams of another success at home .

Another transalpine player, Romain Langasque, also performed well, third with 69 (-2). Among the Azzurri the best is still Renato Paratore (back from ninth place at the Open de España), 11 / o with 71 (par). While Nino Bertasio is 22 / o (72, +1), with Lorenzo Gagli 57 / o (74, +3) and Edoardo Molinari 74 / o (75, +4).

In difficulty Francesco Laporta, 99 / o with 77 (+6) but also Andrea Pavan (107 / o with 78, +7) and, above all, Guido Migliozzi. Best Italian in the world ranking (where he is 68 / o) the Vicenza-born in Andalusia is 122 / o with 81 (+10).

Slow start also for the American John Catlin. Reigning champion, he is 39 / o with 73 (+2). 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.