Mito Pereira and his debut in The Players: “I want to enjoy it”

The national golfer makes his debut in the competition known as the fifth great, in which Joaquín Niemann will also be. The two athletes will battle for the biggest prize pool in the history of the sport.

This Thursday begins one of the most important tournaments of the PGA: The Players, which is considered the fifth Major and in which Joaquín Niemann (22nd in the world ranking) and Guillermo Pereira (95th) will be there. The event will take place in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where Joaco will try to improve on 29th place in the last edition and Mito will make his debut in this traditional tournament.

The tournament not only awards a very high number of points in the FedEx Cup and for the world ranking, but also provides five-year exemptions for all majors and for the tour, and this year stands out for the distribution of a bag of 20 million dollars, the largest in the history of golf. That is, the champion will take $3.6 million. And to fight for such a prize, 48 of the world’s top 50 will be present.

One of the biggest concerns is the weather, as poor conditions forced participants off the field. This, for example, conspired against Niemann’s attendance at the required press conference. Who attended was Pereira, who spoke on various topics in the prelude to her debut.

As for expectations, the pyrcan was cautious and remembered how far he had to go to reach this stage. “There is no goal Goal , obviously go as high as possible, why not win. But it’s a great championship, it’s an incredible place and I want to enjoy it a bit. About four years ago I often came here and played Korn Ferry, it seemed very far from playing Players and the truth is that now I play it. Next, also remember this and thank you for being a part of it domain commented.

The adaptation has been very comfortable for him, since there are seven Latinos in the tournament and it has been a big help. “It’s great to have Latino friends. From the practice laps, you feel more at home. We don’t have this nervousness of everything that is new, of everything that is American… Having people very similar to you lowers what the championship has been,” he said.

He also praised the level of organization. “I think it’s a bit bigger than a normal PGA Tour championship. They’re doing it trying to look like a Major , About the press, we have to do a lot of things… The ground is prepared for an incredible level of demand. I was talking to the president of the PGA Tour and he tells me that no matter what, they will be ready for anything. They put a level of commitment to make everything perfect,” he celebrated.


He also discusses his recent relationship with Generational Group, a company linked to Jack Nicklaus who since the end of January has been sponsoring the Chilean, and also the documentary prepared by Netflix on the PGA and where he also has an appearance. “These are purely positive things, the result of doing good things and having good results. More than an impact in itself, it’s something more positive that helps to be calmer, to have a good connection with Nicklaus, who is a historical figure… A lot of good things have happened and as I I said, stop for a minute and say ‘amazing what’s happening now’ and try to enjoy it,” he said.

As for the series, in which he he is the only rookie in the group of 23 players interviewed explained that it is something similar to what the platform of Diffusion fact about Formula 1. “They are the same producers, I have been in semi-interviews several times with the one who manages the series. They always hang around, they are not very intrusive. Suddenly, they put you a microphone, but nothing really unpleasant. So far everything is going very well and I hope the series goes very well and helps all golfers”.

Mito will be the first of the Chileans to enter the field, since his departure from the 10th hole was scheduled for 9:07 am, along with the Americans. Aaron Wise (87th) and Doc Redman (286th). While Joaco will do it from the same flag from 9:40 am, accompanied by the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama (11th) and Australian Cameron Smith (10th).

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Source: Latercera

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