Caddie Michael Greller getting used to ‘new normal’ of celebrity at U.S. Open

Former University Place teacher on the bag of up-and-comer Jordan Spieth

Staff writerJune 11, 2014 

US Open Golf

Caddie Michael Greller, left, a former teacher at a University Place school, talks Tuesday with golfer Jordan Spieth on the 16th tee during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The tournament starts Thursday.

CHUCK BURTON — AP

— If Michael Greller’s life was trending toward crazy a few months ago, it is downright pandemonium right now.

That is how it goes when you are the caddie of up-and-coming PGA Tour superstar Jordan Spieth.

And the roars have not died down, or the attention dimmed since April when Spieth contended at the Masters. He became the youngest 54-hole leader in tournament history before blowing a two-shot lead to Bubba Watson on the final day at Augusta National Golf Club.

That week, with Greller parked right by Spieth’s side, the former teacher from University Place got sucked into the media frenzy, too. He was interviewed by large packs of reporters after the final two rounds.

“That was a new one, for sure,” Greller said. “You are under the microscope more. I have sensed that since the Masters, for sure. People have more interest, I guess.”

Even during Greller's walk from the lunch room to the driving range Wednesday afternoon at Pinehurst No. 2, young children, teenagers and other fans of Spieth screamed requests for autographs and attention from the caddie – since he was carrying Spieth’s bag.

“It just comes with the territory,” Greller said. “I tell my friends, you are adjusting to a new normal.”

If Greller thinks this week is hectic, imagine what 2015 will be like when he steps foot on the course he started caddying on – Chambers Bay in University Place.

Spieth has also played Chambers Bay, missing the cut at the 2010 U.S. Amateur. Last summer, the golfer returned to the course for Greller’s bachelor party, and admitted afterward he had a much greater appreciation for the layout the second time around.

“A lot of caddies, friends of Jordan, they are inquiring about housing and where to stay. They want my opinion about it – there is a lot of excitement,” Greller said. “People have questions about it. People have heard mixed reviews. But I love it.”

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