"We won’t get stuck in this moment, nor should you" - Jordan Spieth's caddie following Masters collapse
Michael Greller posted a lengthy post after the golfer threw away a five shot lead at the Masters to hand Danny Willett victory10:37 Thursday 14 April 2016, 10:37 14 Apr 2016
Much is made of Jordan Spieth's meltdown at the 2016 Masters, many comparing it to Rory McIlroy in 2011 and Greg Norman's infamous capitulation in 1996.
The Texan was visibly upset, as one would be, after the tournament in which he held a five shot lead in the final round and was then forced to hand the green jacket to the man who usurped him, Danny Willett.
Spieth's caddie, Michael Greller, has since taken to social media to pen a story about the 22-year-old when he was at the 2011 U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills, the full post you can read here. Geller was caddying for Justin Thomas at the time, but Thomas would lose out in the match-play portion of the event.
In it Greller recalls: "I grew sick to my stomach as Jordan made bogey on the last hole. Jack had two putts to advance to the semifinals and continue on in the biggest stage of amateur golf. Jack lagged the putt to about two and half feet.
"What happened next and later that night shocked me. Jordan took off his hat and said, 'That's good.' He walked over to Jack, looked him square in the eyes and shook his hand like a gentlemen. Rather than run to the locker room and escape the scene, he stuck around and thanked his friends who had followed him."
Having won the Masters last year and finishing second in 2014, Spieth has an astounding record at Augusta. It is for this reason that Greller vows that the Texan will come back all guns blazing.
Jordan Spieth pauses on the 18th fairway with his caddie Michael Greller during the final round of the Masters tournament. Image: David J. Phillip / AP/Press Association Images
"...Don't feel sorry or sad for us. We won't get stuck in this moment, nor should you," Greller wrote. "We will work harder, fight harder and be better for it. We will bounce back as we have done many times.
"This isn't life and death stuff. There are far greater struggles that exist in this world than not winning The Masters. We are beyond blessed to do what we do.
"We are grateful to work alongside the greatest golfers and caddies in the world. It is a challenge we relish. Jordan Spieth is the same genuine, grounded and humble person he was five years ago, in victory or defeat."
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