A former sixth-grade math teacher, Michael Greller is strong in numbers. Jordan Spieth leaned more on his caddie's words at the British Open. "This is as much mine as it is his," Spieth said as he clutched the silver claret jug. And then he turned to look over at Greller and said, "You deserve all the credit in the world for this major championship." Greller still had to work out some new math at the most critical juncture of the final round at Royal Birkdale. Spieth was hitting his third shot from the driving range and couldn't see any part of the par-4 13th hole. He thought he was about 270 yards away and was planning to hit 3-wood. Greller estimated the yardage closer than that and told him
The World Long Drive Association (WLDA) will stage its second of three televised events in 2017 with the ‘Mile High Showdown’, airing tonight at 7 p.m. ET in primetime on Golf Channel. The event – which is being staged at Park Hill Golf Club in Denver – will feature eight quarterfinalists having advanced in the Open (Men’s) Division, along with four semifinalists having advanced from the Women’s Division. Storylines are abundant in both divisions, as earlier this morning during preliminary rounds the record for the longest drive ever hit in a sanctioned Women’s Long Drive competition was broken – twice. Sandra Carlborg connected on a mammoth drive of 401 yards, only to be outdone less than an hour later by Troy Mullins with a drive of 402 yards in the quarterfinals.
The start was not what anyone expected out of Jordan Spieth. All that mattered to him was how he finished the British Open. And that might have been the biggest surprise of all. The record will show that Spieth took a three-shot lead into the final round at Royal Birkdale, closed with a 1-under 69 and won by three shots over Matt Kuchar, giving him the third leg of the career Grand Slam. "Seventeen pars and a birdie would have been fine, too," Spieth said, the silver claret jug at his side. "But there's a lot of roads to get there." The road less traveled? This was more like blazing a new trail. Seve Ballesteros won the 1979 British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes by making birdie from the parking