Monday 14 October 2019

'That's on me' - Jordan Spieth takes the blame for error one day after hitting out at his caddie

Caddie Michael Greller talks to Jordan Spieth
Caddie Michael Greller talks to Jordan Spieth

Phil Casey

A day after he was caught on camera blaming caddie Michael Greller for two bad yardages, Jordan Spieth shouldered the blame for a bizarre stroke of bad luck at the US Open.

Spieth's second shot from a fairway bunker on the second hole, his 11th of the day, struck a rake that was hidden in tall grass on the edge of the hazard, leaving the ball deep in heavy rough.

From there Spieth could only advance his next shot around 40 yards, although the three-time major winner managed to salvage a bogey five in an eventful round of 69 to lie six shots off the halfway lead.

"That's on me," Spieth said. "I've just got to look at all options ahead of me. And if there's rakes in front of the bunker, typically we pull them out. But when I was in it, I couldn't see it. So it was kind of a weird set of events.

"I was trying to clear it (the lip of the bunker) higher than that anyways but you don't see that every day. It was a tough break where it ended up after it hit the rake but that happens, it's a US Open, you have to take it on the shoulder.

"It was a great bogey to keep the momentum alive."

During Thursday's first round Spieth could be heard admonishing Greller after driving through the fairway on the eighth and then hitting his approach over the green.

"Two perfect shots, Michael," Spieth said. "You got me in the water on one and over the green on the other."

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