Jordan Spieth listens as caddie Michael Greller speaks to him during a practice round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by the USGA/No usage without permission)
Michael Greller, Jordan Spieth’s caddie, wrote a heartfelt message on his Facebook wall this week about The Masters, which, as you are all well aware, Spieth…well, do we really need to say anything more?
Anyway, Greller gave writer Stephanie Wei permission to post his message on her site, and it’s a wonderful read. We suggest you read it in full because it gives a window into Spieth’s personality not just today, but over the years, dating back to 2011. As a golf fan, it is well worth your time.
As for The Masters, here is what Greller writes:
The 2016 Masters stung. Hats off to Danny Willett for an incredible final round, and more importantly, becoming a father. We have received an outpouring of support and thoughtful messages. But don’t feel sorry or sad for us. We won’t get stuck in this moment, nor should you. We will work harder, fight harder and be better for it. We will bounce back as we have done many times.
Winning shows your character and losing shows ALL your character. -Michael Greller
At the end of the day, golf is a sport. I am especially thankful to have an unconditionally loving wife Ellie Greller, family and friends who treat us the exact same regardless of wins and losses. 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.
A wise coach reminded me recently, winning shows your character and losing shows ALL your character. Jordan continues to model grace and humility through wins and especially losses. The student continues to teach the teacher, and now millions others, just like he did at Erin Hills.
Jordan Spieth is the same genuine, grounded and humble person he was five years ago, in victory or defeat.
North Carolina came agonizingly close to winning a national championship in basketball this season, only to see its hopes ripped away by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins at the buzzer.
As gut-wrenching a moment as it was for the Tar Heels’ faithful, the finish calls to mind another heartbreaking Heels finish, but one that comes from the world of golf.
And it includes none other than Arnold Palmer.
Perhaps no player has had a greater impact on golf than Arnold Palmer. But his lone win at Pinehurst is a difficult one to find. It’s not the North & South Amateur, which he laments, and where he lost twice in the semifinals. Palmer turned professional in 1954, so he missed the North & South Open, and he was past his prime for the PGA Tour events at Pinehurst in the 1970s and the U.S. Senior Open in 1994.
“It was a great shot that scared me to death, let’s just say that.” -Arnold Palmer
But there is a win at Pinehurst in the Palmer ledger, and he recalls it fondly. But it was a crushing near-miss for the Tar Heels and their star, Harvie Ward.