In Charlotte (USA) the Wells Fargo Championship of golf, a tournament of the PGA Tour, begins in the sign of Phil Mickelson who, in North Carolina, with a partial of 64 (-7) leads the ranking after the first 18 holes played.
The 50-year-old American has two shots ahead of compatriot Keegan Bradley (runner up last week at the Valspar Championship and the only one with Peter Malnati to have recorded a bogey free lap), 2 / o (66, -5) as the South Korean Kyoung-Hoon Lee.
While the English Tommy Fleetwood and the Americans Malnati, Luke List, Gary Woodland, Kyle Stanley and Keith Mitchell share the 4th position (67, -4).
Not only Phil Mickelson
Francesco Molinari continues to go to alternating current, 73 / o with 72 (+1) alongside, among others, the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (winner of the competition in 2010 and 2015), the Californian Xander Schauffele (world number 4) and the Australian Jason Day (champion in 2018).
Two birdies and three bogeys for the Turin player. At the Quail Hollow Club (par 71) the world big names do not shine. Justin Thomas (second in the world ranking) is 18 / o (69, -2). Same score, among others, for the Norwegian Viktor Hovland.
While Bryson DeChambeau is 35 / o (70, -1). Only 53 / o (71, par) Patrick Reed. A day to forget for the Spaniard Jon Rahm (third in the world ranking), 138 / o (76, +5) and at risk of elimination after 22 consecutive cuts. Misstep also for Max Homa.
The American, outgoing champion (he made the competition his own in 2019, in 2020 he did not play for Covid), did not go beyond 145 / a square (77, +6). In Italy it is possible again to organize and play golf competitions in the yellow zone.
The good news was communicated in time by the Federgolf. After the one relating to the abolition of the examination of the rules, the Federation issues another circular (number 16), less surprising than the previous one but very much awaited.
Starting from April 26, 2021 it is allowed, exclusively for the territories located in the yellow zone, to carry out any sporting golf activity outdoors, in compliance with the guidelines adopted by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers - Department for Sport.
After careful analysis of the current legislation and unless otherwise and any guidance should be provided by the Department of Sport of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, any golf sporting activity, events, demonstrations and competitions (including social and pro -am) if carried out outdoors and in compliance with the Federal Protocol.
With reference to the performance of the amateur sports activity referred to there, the use of changing rooms is prohibited unless otherwise established by the guidelines referred to in the first sentence. For the territories located in the orange and red areas, the prescriptions made with previous legislative measures remain valid and effective.
A great step forward after months of lockouts or general play. Once again it's up to us now to respect the rules (not just those of golf) so that golf never stops.