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Jordan Spieth caddie Michael Greller reflects on Masters disappointment

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Heading into the turn at Augusta National Sunday, caddie Michael Greller had about the best — or worst — view possible to what by all rights was expected to be Jordan Spieth’s triumphant victory march to consecutive Masters victories.

Of course, things changed remarkably quickly and instead of holding onto a commanding lead, things blew apart for Spieth and his caddie in remarkably stunning fashion, with the shocking quadruple-bogey-7 on No. 12 serving essentially as the death knell to the 22-year-old golfer’s bid at making Masters history.

Spieth handled the profound and sudden disappointment with a semblance of class and remarkable composure, but was understandably left devastated by the events of his Sunday afternoon at Augusta National.

Amid the fallout of a heartbreaking turn of events and Spieth’s attempt to pick up the pieces — which presumably he will do — Greller penned a heartfelt tribute to Spieth. He shared the piece with Wei Under Par, in which he praises his on-course partner and friend, not to mention how he’s handling what happened.

It reads in part:

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.

There’s little doubt that Spieth will recover with ease from this profound professional disappointment. It certainly will help to have a person with such a remarkable perspective on the bag along the way.