The first Rolex Series tournament of the DP World Tour 2022 golf goes to Thomas Pieters who, in the United Arab Emirates, with a total of 278 (65 74 67 72, -10) strokes wins the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The Belgian, who thus celebrates his sixth title on the circuit (the first in a Rolex Series event), overtook the competition of the Spanish Rafa Cabrera Bello and the Indian Shubhankar Sharma, both second with 279 (-9).
Thomas Pieters, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
On the path of the Yas Links (par 72) a bitter final for Andrea Pavan. The only blue to have passed the cut, in the last round the Roman slipped from 9 / a to 25 / a position with 285 (69 72 69 75, -3) hits, thanks to a last set closed in 75 (+3), with four bogeys (three of which arrived in the first four holes) and only one birdie.
Fourth place ex aequo with 280 (-8) for the Norwegian Viktor Hovland (world number 7) and the French Victor Dubuisson. Sixth place (281, -7) for the Dane Jeff Winther and for the British Tyrrell Hatton (defending champion), Ian Poulter and James Morrison.
The Scottish Scott Jamieson (leading from the first to the third lap) did not go beyond the tenth place (282, -6), who paid dearly for a final “+5” Same score for the Australian Adam Scott. While they classified 12 / i (283, -5), among others, the Northern Irish Rory McIlroy (eighth in the world ranking), the Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and the Irish Shane Lowry (his tournament in 2019).
Pieters, 29 years old from Gael, thus returns to success two months after the last time. In November 2021 he had in fact imposed himself at the Portugal Masters, one of the last tournaments of the European Tour season (replaced this year, in the name, by the DP World Tour).
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.