Daniel Romero won the senior category of the Acapulco Open. The South American prepares himself mentally and physically also before big tournaments. His aim to participate his fourth World Cup in 2020.
What did you think of the Acapulco Open?
The course is perfect, by far the best I've played this year. The fairways and greens are in impeccable condition with very neat holes. It is a course where you have to be 100% concentrated since all holes have their difficulty and do not allow one to relax at any time, each hole is a new challenge. Without a doubt it is a course for a Major, by presentation, difficulty, beautiful visually. It has many bunkers, water, fairway movement. It’s complete. With regard to the organization, it can always be improved, there were small failures that were compensated for by the quality of the people in the organization. The organizers are very friendly and open to comments of improvements.
Mental or physical preparation is the most important for you?
In my case, mental preparation is fundamental, I think that in this type of tournaments and especially with this degree of difficulty that Acapulco presents, it is essential to be focused on the objective. I try to maintain a physical base, I train a lot and I try to take care of myself with meals, as well as I practice the variants of my game a lot, but for this type of tournaments I try to arrive a couple of days before, be rested, practice the course well. I take notes of all the holes and all the variables of definition and I follow mental rules as the tournament progresses. I am very strict with myself in that sense and mechanize many of my movements based on practice.
Are you focusing on Japan from now?
I have been playing FootGolf since the first tournament that was played in Argentina in 2009. Coincidentally, only two players, Ignacio Fernandez and me, who were active in that tournament, and we were in the final flight of the Acapulco Open. The objectives vary as one grows as a player. Obviously I am not the same player I was in the beginning, we always learn and evolve. My next goal is to be able to qualify for the World Cup in Japan 2020, which would be my fourth World Cup and become one of the few players that has played all the World Cups in the history of our sport.