Wow, that was a thriller! — I’m glad I dragged my butt up to Hartford last night and made it to the Travelers Championship, my favorite regular event on the PGA Tour schedule, in time before Jordan Spieth made the turn in the final round.
Hey, you know what they say, the Travelers doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday! It’s been almost three hours since Spieth holed-out from the bunker on 18 for birdie in the first playoff hole against Daniel Berger, and I *still* have goosebumps.
To the best of my knowledge, Jordan Spieth’s caddie Michael Greller politely declined to speak with the media on Sunday following their disappointing loss at the Masters. Well, two days removed from the heartbreaking finish, Greller opened up on Facebook and shared some fantastic insight on the journey that he’s been on with the two-time major champion from when he first met him through Justin Thomas (aka, “Spieth’s good friend”) in 2011.
I asked Michael if I could share what he wrote with you guys, as I think it provides perspective and reaffirms the strong character that Spieth appears to demonstrate on and off the golf course, and he graciously gave me the go-ahead. We could all learn something from both Spieth and Greller.
Here you go. Enjoy.
On Wednesday morning, SportsCenter’s Twitter account teased its new #ThisIsSportsCenter commercial starring Jordan Spieth, along with his caddie Michael Greller, asking for 1,000 retweets before it released the full ad. Well, that didn’t take very long — as of this evening, it’s been retweeted over 10,000 times.
Following what was arguably his worst putting performance of the year, where the Masters and U.S. Open champion needed 37 putts en route to an even par 72 in the second round at St Andrews, Jordan Spieth required a low one to get back into the mix on Sunday at The Open.
The Golden Boy delivered, posting a six-under 66 in the third round to put him at 11-under for the championship and just one back of the 54-hole leaders, amateur Paul Dunne, Louis Oosthuizen, who took home the Claret Jug the last time the Open was at the Old Course in 2010, and Jason Day.
As Jordan Spieth walked off the 18th green at Chambers Bay on Sunday, he slapped his hands together loudly out of frustration. He thought he had just lost the U.S. Open, which would have been his second straight major title, after he missed his 15-footer for eagle, settling for a tap-in birdie. However, it wasn’t necessarily the putt that he was bemoaning, rather the double-bogey he had made on the penultimate hole, the par-3 17th, following a 30-footer he drained for birdie on the par-4 16th.
Jordan Spieth could have let his round unravel after making a double-bogey on the par-4 18th, followed by a poor drive on the par-5 1st hole. However, as he and his caddie Michael Greller walked up the first hole, Greller gave Spieth a little pep talk, which helped to calm down the young Masters champion and stay the course.