Who Is Jordan Spieth’s Caddie?

Michael Greller and Jordan Spieth have become a phenomenal partnership over the years, we take a look at their relationship

Jordan Spieth's caddie Michael Greller
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Who Is Jordan Spieth's Caddie?

One of the closest and most unusual player-caddie relationships on Tour is that of Jordan Spieth and his caddie Michael Greller. The two have worked together since 2011 and have won three majors together. Many people assume, because of the apparent closeness of their relationship that Spieth and Grellar are old friends but this isn’t the case. Greller is 15 years older than Spieth and had a full-time job as a maths teacher when he first met Spieth in 2011.

That year Greller was a high school teacher living and working in Seattle. He had been earning some extra money on the side by working as a caddie in his local area when Spieth came to his home town to compete in the US Junior Amateur. The two teamed up and, needless to say, Spieth was victorious. The following year, they joined forces again when Spieth, the world’s leading amateur at the time, made the field for the 2012 US Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

When Spieth turned professional, Greller intended to take one year away from teaching to caddie, expecting his player’s progression to be more gradual than meteoric. However, halfway through his first season as a professional, Spieth won the John Deere Classic becoming the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since Ralph Guldahl in 1931.

In 2015 Spieth enjoyed one of the greatest seasons on record as he landed The Masters and US Open, at Chambers Bay which Greller knew particularly well having married his wife Ellie there, before coming up just shy at St Andrews and then again at the PGA at Whistling Straits.

Jordan Spieth's caddie, Michael Greller

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One of their most iconic wins came at Royal Birkdale at the 2017 Open where Spieth went on an incredible run over the closing holes and it was a pep talk from Greller that kickstarted his to-then stumbling final round.

“Michael did a great thing. On the seventh tee box, he said, ‘Do you remember that group you were with in Cabo (Michael Jordan and Michael Phelps) last week? You belong in that. You’re that calibre of athlete and I need you to believe that right now because you’re in a great position in this tournament. This is a new tournament. We’re starting over here’.

“It changed me a bit mentally. I thought about it while I was over some of those key three-four footers that I made on seven and eight and then the 10-footers on 11, 12 – then all of a sudden the lid came off. I thought it was so well said. It was just at the right time and I’ll never forget what he told me, when he told me and the significance it had.”

The pair are renowned for plenty of pre-shot chatter, most of it coming from Spieth, and they remain one of the coolest pairings in the game.

How much does Jordan Spieth's caddie make?

Not many of us are ever going to know the percentages that each caddie is on but a look at Spieth's incredible season in 2015, a year in which he wasn't far away from a Grand Slam, is pretty fascinating. He likely made $2m which would have been good enough to rank in the top 40 on the PGA Tour that year.

A figure that came about after working for 25 weeks of the year and one that makes his switch from teaching, where a Dallas teaching starting salary would be around $50,000, a pretty astute move.

Spieth's career earnings on the PGA Tour are now up to the $50m mark having won 12 times. 

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Mark Townsend
Mark Townsend

Mark has worked in golf for over 20 years having started off his journalistic life at the Press Association and BBC Sport before moving to Sky Sports where he became their golf editor on skysports.com. He then worked at National Club Golfer and Lady Golfer where he was the deputy editor and he has interviewed many of the leading names in the game, both male and female, ghosted columns for the likes of Robert Rock, Charley Hull and Dame Laura Davies, as well as playing the vast majority of our Top 100 GB&I courses. He loves links golf with a particular love of Royal Dornoch and Kingsbarns. He is now a freelance, also working for the PGA and Robert Rock. Loves tour golf, both men and women and he remains the long-standing owner of an horrific short game. He plays at Moortown with a handicap of 6.