Nino Bertasio, a surprising leader in Portugal

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Nino Bertasio, a surprising leader in Portugal

The Portugal Masters, the third last tournament of the European Tour 2021, begins in the name of Nino Bertasio. In Vilamoura with a bogey free trial closed in 61 (-10) strokes, with 10 birdies (of which six in the last seven holes), the Brescia player closed the first round of the competition at the top of the standings by signing his lowest career lap on the maximum continental circuit.

At the Dom Pedro Golf Course (par 71), after 18 holes played (out of a total of 72), Bertasio boasts a four-stroke advantage over Spaniard Adri Arnaus, second with 65 (-6).

Nino Bertasio, statements

"I'm really happy, it was a brilliant day and I didn't expect to end it with such a brilliant split."

These are the statements of Bertasio who is chasing his first success on the European Tour in Portugal. Further back the other blues. The Apulian Francesco Laporta, who is chasing a good result to enter the Top 50 of the Race to Dubai (to play, from 18 to 21 November, the Dp World Tour Championship), the order of merit of the circuit, is 31 / o with 70 (-1).

While the Turin Edoardo Molinari and the Roman Renato Paratore share the 65th position with 72 (+1). Lorenzo Gagli from Florence was late, only 100th with 76 (+5). 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.