At Johns Creek (Georgia, USA) Italgolf dreams with Giulia Molinaro. In the United States, after the 'moving day' of the KMPG Women's PGA Championship, the third female Major of 2021, the blue is 3 / a with 206 (70 70 66, -10) 5 shots from the top, with 201 (- 15), by the Americans Nelly Korda (for her already two successes on the LPGA Tour this year, the only one to succeed) and Lizette Salas.
Giulia Molinaro, KPMG Women's PGA Championship
At the Atlanta Athletic Club (par 72) another great test for the 30-year-old from Camposampiero (Padua), rising from 10th position thanks to a partial closed in 66 (-6), underlined by 8 birdies and fouled by two bogeys.
The Venetian athlete, who is preparing to celebrate the second qualification for the Olympics (he has already played those in Rio de Janeiro 2016 and is a candidate for a leading role in Tokyo), is joined by the Thai Patty Tavatanakit (queen of the ANA Inspiration, the first major of the season) and by the French Celine Boutier.
In the eighth consecutive useful result (she has always passed the cut between LPGA and Ladies European Tour), Molinaro is traveling in the footsteps of Stefania Croce who was second in this tournament in 2000, when she was beaten in the Playoff by the American Juli Inkster.
In the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship Molinaro will try everything. The challenge for the title seems to be reserved for the two Americans Salas and Nelly Korda, whose duel continues without stopping since the second round.
But the blue will try to fit in, to hunt for the best result of her career in a Major. Martin Kaymer insisted he was not putting too much pressure on himself on home soil after carding an opening 70 at the 2021 BMW International Open.
The home favourite is a two time Major Champion and former World Number One but his last win was his second Major at the 2014 U.S. Open Championship and he currently sits 99th in the Official World Golf Ranking. A long awaited victory this week at Golfclub München Eichenried would go some way to moving him back to the very top of the game, but the 36-year-old insists he is willing to be patient.
"I was searching a bit over the last few weeks what it was," he said. "I said to Craig (Connelly, caddie) also, I’m not too far away. Then you miss a cut and think you must be far away. But it didn’t feel like it.
My attitude changed a bit in terms of: I don’t need to perform this week. My goal is more mid-term, long-term. I need to get back to the Top 50 in the World, Top 20 and eventually to the Top Ten, Top Five. I need to see it step by step.
My main mission is now to play golf and work on the things I work on with my coach in the tournament without focusing so much on the result. I think that attitude takes the pressure away a little bit."