The 29-minute scene that unfolded on the 13th hole Sunday at Royal Birkdale played a pivotal role in deciding the outcome of The Open, and it's a scene that will be replayed for years to come. But what was it like inside the ropes with the claret jug hanging in the balance? "Just absolute chaos," said Jordan Spieth's caddie, Michael Greller. Greller shared some of the emotions he experienced in the moment during a recent interview with Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio. Greller explained that the biggest battle intially was simply finding the ball, which had bounded off a spectator even farther right than he expected. "I was forearm shivving guys in the crowd there initially," Greller said. "And then
Matt Kuchar and Ian Poulter now have something in common. They both got their hearts broken at Royal Birkdale. Nine years ago, Poulter holed a 15-footer on the final green that he thought would give him The Open title. That's when Padraig Harrington came home in 32, with an eagle on the 71st hole, to win by four. Poulter was crushed, and now Kuchar can relate. Playing alongside Jordan Spieth, Kuchar was one shot clear with five holes to play, shot 2 under the rest of the way … and lost by three. “I haven’t really spoken to Matt in person, I just said to him, ‘Congratulations,’” Poulter said. “Second place is always kind of a bittersweet feeling. … “I’ve been in that position, and it’s a hard
Bernhard Langer and his long putter will be back in the spotlight this week at the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl. The 59-year-old told The Telegraph on Wednesday that it is “hurtful” some would accuse him of still anchoring his putter against his sternum, which was outlawed by golf’s governing bodies in 2016. Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee has been one of the most ardent critics of Langer and fellow ex-anchorer Scott McCarron, who have combined to win three of the four majors this year. The USGA has defended both players. “I personally don’t understand it,” Langer told The Telegraph, “because I’m a man of integrity, and the last thing I want to do is break rules and be known for cheating.