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
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,
Li Haotong crept into unexpected contention at the British Open with the round of his life on Sunday. The 21-year-old Chinese golfer became the fourth player to shoot 63 in the final round of the British Open, after Jodie Mudd (Royal Birkdale in 1991), Payne Stewart (Royal St. George's in 1993) and Henrik Stenson (Royal Troon in 2016). The 7-under round moved him to 6 under for the tournament and after being just two shots off the lead at one stage, he finished in third place and six shots behind champion Jordan Spieth.