Tour Confidential: Was Jordan Spieth wrong in how he treated his caddie?

 golf.com  06/14/2019 04:03:19 

Every night of major weeks, the GOLF.com team takes on the most pressing question of the day. Mid-way through an entertaining day at Pebble Beach, Jordan Spieth hit one shot into the penalty area on no. 8, and after taking a drop flew the green with his approach. He then berated his caddie, Michael Greller. We ask: was it wrong of Spieth to upstage his caddie like that?

Sean Zak, associate editor (@sean_zak): Often, much is lost between that interaction and your TV set. I dont think it was wrong of Spieth to act that way. It was what he felt at the time, and its within a really long, strong relationship, so Ill let him be. However, if hes always going to be Mr. Us and Mr. We, I would have expected him to act as such in that moment.

Jess Marksbury, multimedia editor (@jess_marksbury): As an outsider looking in, what we overheard was cringe-worthy. But who am I to judge the dynamics of their relationship? Jordan is a talker on the golf course, and Michael Greller knows Jordan better than most. What we heard may not have been out of the ordinary. If there is something that needs to be addressed between them, Im sure theyll sort it out.

Jonathan Wall, equipment editor (@jonathanrwall): Im all for player and caddie having a healthy discussion, but blaming the miscues on your looper is rich. Last I checked, Greller wasnt pulling the trigger.

Alan Bastable, executive editor (@alan_bastable): No, upbraiding your looper on national television is not advisable. Its a brutal look for Spieth and bad for his rep, but weve been here before with him. He can be a bit of a whiny pants. Also, didnt he learn anything from Chambers Bay, when Foxs mics busted him griping about the 18th hole? There are ears EVERYWHERE.

Luke Kerr-Dineen, instruction editor (@LukeKerrDineen): It was totally out of order for Spieth to act that way. I get it, players probably talk to their caddies like that all the time like and it was only caught by a mic this time around because it was a big-name like Jordan Spieth  but that doesnt make it right. Greller isnt hitting the shots. Greller isnt even picking the clubs. Hes making suggestions, and even if he were to suggest the wrong one this time around, there should be a basic sense of human decency to refrain from talking to your longtime looper the way Spieth did on Thursday.

Dylan Dethier, associate editor (@Dylan_Dethier): It was basically an on-course tantrum. My first instinct (as a PGA Tour caddie) is to give him a pass because its hard to tell when youre actually on camera. Youre living in a world of your own out there. But the more I think about it the more I feel like that actually makes it even worse  camera or not, thats not how Id like to be treated as a teammate.

Jeff Ritter, digital development editor (@Jeff_ritter): It wasnt a good look, but its not like Spieth completely dressed Greller down. Spieth hit a couple bad shots and took a swipe at the only person available. I suspect theyll be fine. (But just in case, lets keep those FOX microphones turned up.)

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