David Lipsky: "I'll just hit driver everywhere"

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David Lipsky: "I'll just hit driver everywhere"

David Lipsky marked his return to continental Europe with a brilliant 64 that handed him a place in the history books in round three of the 2021 Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters. The American is playing on European soil for the first time since the 2019 Open de France this week and after starting 71-75 at Real Club Valderrama, he matched the lowest round ever at this event to get to three under.

Only Sergio Garcia and Daniel Brooks have ever carded a 64 in the six previous editions of this event, and Lipsky had to overcome an opening bogey before he carded eight birdies in his seven under par effort. That was 11 shots better than his round on Friday and the two time European Tour winner gave much of the credit to a change of putter.

David Lipsky, statements

"I’ve been hitting it pretty well all week, my putter was just really cold the first two days. I sent some videos to my putting coach last night, he gave me a few tips and I switched out my putter.

I just needed to change something and apparently it worked. I’ve never done that before (changed equipment between rounds). I was terrible the last couple of days and I needed to do something. So I switched it up. I have a couple of putters I brought with me, I put the Scotty in play and today was great.

I was fortunate. There wasn’t too much wind on my front nine, I took advantage of that. It was picking up on the back - totally opposite wind direction which made things difficult. You have to think about it a bit more. It’s still not as strong as it was on Thursday or Friday, so it was very playable.

I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. I’ve played pretty aggressively this week. In the past I’ve tried to play this course…just playing for pars. I’ve got nothing to lose so I’ll just hit driver everywhere"

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.