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Jordan Spieth's caddie visits Chambers Bay, may or may not be doing early reconnaissance work for the U.S. Open

April 22, 2015

Michael Greller, Jordan Spieth's caddie, was at Chambers Bay on Wednesday, less than two months before the U.S. Open comes to the links. Hmm.

Judging by that tweet, though, Greller's visit seemed to be more of a homecoming than a business trip. Besides, few people know Chambers Bay as well as he does. Greller moonlighted as a caddie at Chambers Bay for several years while working as a sixth-grade math teacher in Washington. And his connection to the course runs even deeper. Greller and his wife, Ellie, were married at the course.

That sort of local knowledge should come in handy in June, especially since Chambers Bay will be a mystery to most of the field. Spieth is one of the rare players who has competed at the links-style track. At 17, Spieth played in the 2010 U.S. Amateur, but shot 83 in his one competitive round on the Open course and didn't qualify for the match-play portion of the tournament.

However, that was long before Spieth was a Masters champ and the No. 2-ranked player in the world. And that was before he had Greller on the bag. Showing up with a secret weapon like that in June certainly won't hurt his chances of winning a second major.