I may have looked like the bad guy: Jordan Spieth explains caddie outburst during first round at the US Open
Jordan Spieth has been criticised after TV cameras picked up an exchange between the American and his caddie following two misjudged shots in Pebble Beach.
Spieth put his tee shot on the eight into the hazard and then his approach shot through the green and into the rough before he unleashed his frustration on caddie Michael Greller.
"Two perfect shots, Michael," Spieth was heard saying. "You got me in the water on one and over the green on the other."
Spieth saved a bogey and went on to sign for a one-over-par 71.
While some onlookers pointed out that Spieth has always been quick to publicly praise his caddy after successes, there was plenty of criticisism for the 2015 US Open winner for his actions after that approach to the eighth.
Very. The rule (normally) is; Left or Right=Players Fault. Long or Short=Caddies Fault. What was lost was before hitting the shot to the green Greller tried to talk Spieth into hitting one less club.— Michael Collins (@ESPNCaddie) June 13, 2019
He revealed afterwards that it was just frustration that got the better of him.
"When you hit a couple of shots exactly where you want and one's in the water and the next one's dead over the green, I'm going to be frustrated that as a team we didn't figure out how to make sure that didn't happen," Spieth said. "I may have looked like the bad guy, but my intentions were that we should be in play if the ball is hit solidly."
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