Laurie Canter returned to the scene of his worst European Tour round and fired one of his best as a 65 moved him right into contention on day two of the 2021 Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters. The Englishman was playing in his rookie season on the European Tour in 2016 when he followed an opening 81 at this event with a second round of 89 at Real Club Valderrama.
That 89 is still his highest ever round on Tour but five years later he went 24 shots better to sit just a stroke off the lead heading into the weekend in Sotogrande. And he revealed he had been taking some pointers from watching Sergio Garcia - a three time winner and former host of this event.
Laurie Canter, statements
"I shot 81-89 in 2016 and finished dead last in two rounds, not surprisingly. I think the more you play the course, you understand it. I've watched Sergio play it and he seems to hit driver everywhere.
I hang my hat on being a good driver of the ball so I think that's the approach we've taken - if I can take driver out let's do it, let's back ourselves to hit it straight. You don't want too many five and six irons into the greens even with it being a bit softer than usual so that strategy seems to have worked relatively well, certainly today, and hopefully we'll keep that going.
The front nine I didn't really miss a shot. There was a couple of holes we deliberately played away from, trying to hit it to 20, 25 feet, and then a couple where there's a window to get it close. I thought the pins were more generous than yesterday but even so, I was obviously delighted to go out in five under which is great round here.
The perfectionist in me would have liked to play the last three holes better. I made a bad swing off 16 and then that maybe slightly took me out of the flow I was in. Up until then it was probably the best 15 holes of golf I've played on Tour.
I've had lower scores out here but in terms of control of the golf ball and on a difficult course with quite challenging conditions, certainly on the front nine, it was really, really good" 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.