‘Go get that!’: Spieth explains why he asked caddie to retrieve ball after eagle putt

July 23, 2017

Jordan Spieth’s rollercoaster final round at the British Open was packed with memorable moments, including a wild, half-hour adventure on the 13th hole. But another moment also stood out: After draining a putt for eagle on the 15th hole, Spieth pointed to the ball and shouted “Go get that!” to his caddie Michael Greller.

Was it a rude gesture or an in-the-moment celebration? In his press conference after the win, Spieth said that his adrenaline-fueled outburst was pure theatrics.

“It was kind of like an old-school movie,” he said, “when the caddies used to get it out of the hole when guys holed a chip. When you’re here, the TVs are always playing old Open Championships, and especially at that venue. I don’t know, I saw it, and for whatever reason, I didn’t really know what I was doing at that point. I looked over at Michael and he was in shock, too, and I just said, ‘Pick that ball up out of the hole.’ And he didn’t really know what I was saying at first.”

Greller didn’t seem bothered. “I happily went and got it,” he said later.