Down but not out.
That’s the gist of what Jordan Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller, posted on Facebook a couple of days after the golfer collapsed in the final round of the 2016 Masters at Augusta National. His tribute to Spieth was far more touching than any cliché, though. If we’re to take Greller at his word, Spieth is an even better person than he is a golfer and will bounce back stronger than ever from Sunday’s meltdown.
Stephanie Wei of the popular golf blog “Wei Under Par” shared Greller’s entire Facebook post (with his permission). It’s definitely worth a read. Greller explains his relationship with Spieth, including how they first met, and sheds light on the golfer’s authentic personality.
An excerpt can be found below.
“The 2016 Masters stung. Hats off to Danny Willett for an incredible final round, and more importantly, becoming a father. We have received an outpouring of support and thoughtful messages. But don’t feel sorry or sad for us. We won’t get stuck in this moment, nor should you. We will work harder, fight harder and be better for it. We will bounce back as we have done many times.
At the end of the day, golf is a sport. I am especially thankful to have an unconditionally loving wife Ellie Greller, family and friends who treat us the exact same regardless of wins and losses. This isn’t life and death stuff. There are far greater struggles that exist in this world than not winning The Masters. We are beyond blessed to do what we do. We are grateful to work alongside the greatest golfers and caddies in the world. It is a challenge we relish.
A wise coach reminded me recently, winning shows your character and losing shows ALL your character. Jordan continues to model grace and humility through wins and especially losses. The student continues to teach the teacher, and now millions others, just like he did at Erin Hills.
Jordan Spieth is the same genuine, grounded and humble person he was five years ago, in victory or defeat.”
Thumbnail photo via Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via Jordan Spieth and his caddie, Michael Greller