Sunday 23 April 2017

Carrzone: Teacher quit classroom to caddy for Masters winner

Jordan Spieth of the U.S. shakes hands with his caddie Michael Greller on the 18th green after winning the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta
Jordan Spieth of the U.S. shakes hands with his caddie Michael Greller on the 18th green after winning the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring their first goal with Hector Bellerin

Nine years ago, amateur golfer Michael Greller offered to caddy for a golfer who was carrying his own bag. In 2011, the school teacher got to caddy for a youngster who won the 2011 US Junior Amateur.

He was with Jordan Spieth again in the 2012 US Open and was offered a new job when Spieth turned professional. So he took a year's leave of absence.

As 21-year-old Spieth sensationally broke golfing records in last week's Masters, commentators were puzzled by his caddy's relative lack of experience.

But Greller's classroom experience has helped in the relationship with a golfer who's 16 years younger. "You have to be able to adapt day by day, hole by hole," he says. The career change is also paying off financially. Greller is well on his way to being a millionaire.

Apart from standard caddy fees of approximately €1,400 a week, Greller's percentage share of Spieth's winnings in the past month alone is estimated at €355,000.

Destruction and pollution - it's the Olympic Games

The Olympic dream is so special that sports fans are happy to ignore the problems that have accompanied most of the modern day Games.

Environmental destruction, profligate spending and pollution controversies are conveniently overlooked in the jamboree that biological passports later confirm as festivals of cheating.

In 2004, Greece plunged itself billions into hock, building now derelict stadia and an overambitious infrastructure. The 2008 Games followed mass forced evictions and the destruction of entire neighbourhoods in Beijing, a city that challenges Mexico City as the sulphur dioxide capital of the world.

In 2013, we read the first reports of industrial waste and the untreated sewage of seven million Brazilians being dumped in Guanabara Bay in Rio where the Olympic sailing events are to be held.

This week there are reports of massive fish die-offs stinking out areas around Rodrigo de Freitas lake where Olympic rowing and canoeing events will be held. The only ones benefiting are the local vultures.


Barnes and Conlan target Rio Games via Venezuela

Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan will be in action in Caracas in Venezuela on Saturday night knowing that a win in their WSB fights for the Italia Thunder team against Caciques Venezuela could potentially earn them qualification for the Rio Olympics next year.

Double-Olympic medal winner Barnes, at light-fly, has had six wins in six fights in the current tournament and is top of the table. A win for Conlan, who won bronze in London 2012, would put him in second place in bantamweight division. The top light-fly qualifies and the top two bantamweights qualify. It's a tough tournament involving long haul flights every few weeks and difficulties monitoring weight.

A complex points system could yet mean box-offs and the journey to South America makes it tricky but both men have been in top form.


Bellerin faster than Bolt

Arsenal player Hector Bellerin is fast. But who'd have thought the Spanish defender is faster than Usain Bolt over 40 metres? In the World Championships in Berlin, Bolt's 40 metres was timed at 4.64s.

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Hector Bellerin with Aaron Ramsey (knees)

The 20-year-old, who was on loan to Watford last season, clocked 4.42 secs and beat a club record, previously held by Theo Walcott, by 1/100th of a second. Over 40 metres, he'd have been two metres ahead of Bolt.

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