Francesco Molinari is right out of the Top 100

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Francesco Molinari is right out of the Top 100

In Texas false start for Francesco Molinari in the first round of the Houston Open golf. In the Pga Tour tournament, which started with a long delay due to bad weather and then suspended prematurely due to the arrival of darkness, the Turin-born finished the first round in 101 / a position with a score of 72 (+2) strokes.

Two birdies and four bogeys for the Italian golfer, who is still in trouble.

Francesco Molinari, Houston Open

At the Memorial Park Golf Course (par 70) in Houston lead the provisional ranking, with a total of 65 (-5) strokes, the Australian Marc Leishman and the Americans Talor Gooch and Russell Henley.

On the '-5' there is also another American, Luke List, stopped by the darkness at 15 with three more holes of the first round to be completed. While Tony Finau, among the favorites on the eve and twelfth in the world ranking, occupies the 32nd place with 69 (-1).

Same score, among others, for Sam Burns (FedEx Cup leader). Further back Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka, only 54 / i (70, par). 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.