Tuesday 23 January 2018

Paul Kimmage

Alejandro Valderde in action during last year’s Tour de France. Photo: Getty Images

Paul Kimmage: Who should we cheer - the guy who never wavered on doping or the guy who can't make up his mind? 

Whenever anyone asked Jericho why he was a mathematician - some friend of his mother, perhaps, or an inquisitive colleague with no interest in science - he would shake his head and smile and claim he had no idea. If they persisted, he might, with some diffidence, direct them to the definition offered by G. H. Hardy in his famous 'Apology': 'a mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a...

Rory McIlroy listens to caddie JP Fitzgerald's advice on trying a daring punch shot during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National last Sunday Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Paul Kimmage: Caddies sometimes get it spot-on 

"If you listen to them on the course, you often hear Rory asking, 'What happened there?' More than once I've heard JP saying something like, 'OK, hit a soft draw with a six-iron off that tree.' And I've immediately thought, 'This ball is going over the green'. And sure enough, it does. So you have to wonder. I see Rory up close only occasionally, and I know he's going to hit the ball over the green when his caddie clearly doesn't. It makes no sense." - Golf Digest, April 2017

Dermot Gilleece with Joe Carr's Green green jacket in Sutton golf club. Photo: David Conachy.

Paul Kimmage: 'Nobody can comprehend what it's like' - Ireland's players and caddies tell Masters inside story 

Two letters. On February 1, 1967, a lawyer called Robert Tyre Jones Junior from Atlanta, Georgia, sent a typewritten letter to a businessman in Dublin called Joseph Benedict Carr. Mr Tyre Jones Junior - or Bobby, as he was known - was the best amateur golfer in history and the founder member of Augusta National Golf Club. Mr Carr - better known as JB - was a three-time winner of the British...

Rory McIlroy will not represent Ireland in the Olympics

Paul Kimmage: Why it's never easy to tell it like it is 

For years he was aimless, a lost soul in life, always searching through the emptiness yet never finding the right path. How could he move forward when all signs kept pointing to his past? So, a few years ago, Alexi Grewal rounded up a scrapbook from his victory at the 1984 Olympic Games road race, and the rest of the memorabilia from his cycling career, and threw them in the trash. “I lived through that once and I needed to move on,” Grewal said. “It was a weight.” — Scott Reid, The Orange County Register, August 2009