Who do the European Tour entrust to make sure the players bodies are loose and limber? A pair of Irishmen. Daryl Coyne from Galway and Paddy Smith from Cork are two of the main men in the travelling European Tour Physio Truck.
Daryl specializes in chiropractic and spends his days crunching vertebrae and twisting necks. “Low back injuries are the most common cases in here”, he says “closely followed by neck and wrist injuries”. Paul does the deep tissue work, fingers of steel that man has.
Daryl lives in Tuam with his wife and three year old child, “We try to rotate it so that we get home once a week” he says when asked about being part of the travelling circus that it the modern European Tour.
Paddy on the other hand is the World’s biggest fan of the John Wayne film The Quiet Man. “Did you know Maureen O’Hara is a stage name?” he says “She’s actually Maureen O’Sullivan; she changed it for the stage!”
I asked the guys who is their best client, ie the biggest crock on the European Tour? They steadfastly refused to comment, but I think that’s because the usual suspect was actually there at the time having treatment! Nice one lads!