Jim Mackay needed to make some tough calls while on Phil Mickelson's bag for 25 years. But even Bones was blown away by the role that caddie Michael Greller played during the most critical moment at this year’s Open Championship. With Jordan Spieth miles right of the 13th fairway, and facing a third shot from the driving range, there was a disagreement in yardage between player and caddie. Spieth thought he needed 3-wood and a 270-yard shot. “Buddy,” Greller told him, “you’re 230 to the front.” Spieth caught his 3-iron a little fat, but he still cleared the gorse bushes on the right side and stayed short of a greenside pot bunker. He got up-and-down for bogey, kick-starting his sprint to this
On Sunday, 24-year-old American Jordan Spieth became the second youngest golfer to win three major tournaments when he took home the trophy at the British Open. The pivotal sequence of the final round--how Spieth recovered from a horrendous tee shot on the 13th hole at Royal Birkdale--wasn't merely an exercise in shot-making under duress. It was also a test of Spieth's ability to consider a multitude of options under the rules and determine which ones would give him the best odds of mitigating the damage to his score. The process took more than 20 minutes, sent hordes of spectators and cameramen scrambling to keep up, required the help of rules officials and marshals and included the surreal sight of Spieth navigating his way around equipment trucks.
Fans watching this year’s U.S. Amateur at Riviera might do a double take. Tournament director Ben Kimball said at media day Monday that two of the most iconic holes likely will play differently for the world’s best amateurs. One definite change is to the first hole, which will play as a long par 4 for the tournament. As a 503-yard, downhill par 5, the first hole annually ranks as one of the easiest holes on the PGA Tour. This year at the Genesis Open, it played to a 4.271 scoring average, serving up 247 birdies and only six bogeys or worse. “I went back and forth in my mind about whether that was something we were going to do,” Kimball said on Fox Sports Radio. “The players hit it so far now,