Speith thanks caddy Greller for holding it together

Open champion Jordan Spieth summed it up best as he hugged the British open trophy close to his chest.

“This belongs to Michael, my caddy, as much as it does to me,” said the modest champion. “He got me through today and I couldn’t have done it without him.”

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That was probably an understatement as Michael Greller showed Spieth and the rest of the world his true worth as he dragged the young professional through a testing and draining part of his round…one which could so easily have cost him the title.

Greller’s cool head came to the fore when Spieth hit his tee shot at the par-four 13th hole at Royal Birkdale almost 100m right of the fairway.

Spieth took an unplayable lie, with a penalty of one-shot, then took a line-of-sight relief from between two equipment trucks on the Royal Birkdale practice tee and eventually scrambled to an amazing bogey.

The errant shot saw Spieth drop one stroke behind fellow American Matt Kuchar, but he rallied and played one of the most amazing finishes ever seen in a major championship.

“It was cool, well, it wasn’t cool, but we had been in situations enough that I knew and he knew to slow it down…we weren’t in any rush,” Greller said after the round and the title had been decided.

“We had to find a way to get this back into play and find a way to grind out a bogey.”

“If you make a double [bogey] you’re most likely only two back with five to go.”

Greller admitted the most intense moment was probably trying to estimate the distance Spieth had to the 13th green.

“He thought it was about 270 [yards], I thought it was about 230,” Greller said.

“That was a little alarming, but I thought short we could work with all day versus long.”

Spieth said he normally goes with his own yardage when he and Greller disagree over distances, but “on that one he seemed very confident”.

Spieth played his next four holes in five-under-par for a closing 69 and a three-shot win.