Jordan Spieth typically hits the shots and receives the accolades, but his caddie, Michael Greller, got a taste of what his employer feels on golf’s rowdiest hole.
During the Waste Management Phoenix Open pro-am Wednesday, Spieth gave Greller a chance to hit a tee shot at the infamous par-3 16th, which features an enclosed stadium of grandstands. With 28-time Olympic medalist and playing partner Michael Phelps on hand to watch, Greller threw a dart right at the flag.
“He said it was the greatest shot he’s ever hit in his life,” Spieth said after the round. “He’s had a lot of rough moments when it comes to famous par-3s, and he stuck one on 17 (at TPC) Sawgrass and now he hit one to 6 feet here with Michael Phelps on the MC. So really cool experience, I was happy for him.
“A lot of times I’m rooting for a funny story, but that time I was full-fledged, you know, really praying that one hit the green.”
So where does this rank in the happiest moments of Greller’s life? Spieth may be a little biased, but he put it in the top five.
“I was there his wedding night, and maybe The Masters, or the U.S. Open or Tour Championship,” Spieth said, alluding to his most prominent victories.
On the next tee box, Spieth needed a golf ball and asked Greller for the one he had just hit stiff. Greller declined to hand it over, because he intended to get it signed by Phelps.
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