Meet Michael Greller, the Former Teacher Who Is Now the Caddie Of Jordan Spieth

Published 04/04/2021, 6:00 PM EDT
Mar 11, 2021; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Jordan Spieth lines up a putt on the 9th green during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


There are very few golfers as talented as Jordan Spieth. While he has lot a bit of the magic shine from his historic 2015 season, Spieth is still one of the best players in the world. As for his companion on the golf course, Spieth shares a close relationship with his caddie Michael Greller.

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Spieth and Greller have known each other for quite a long time now. Spieth has immensely enjoyed partnering with Greller on the course, as the golfer has won a plethora of titles since joining hands with him. 

Michael Greller has been caddying for Jordan Spieth since 2011

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Jordan Spieth has been enjoying Greller’s company since 2011, a year before he turned pro. Such has been the extending partnership of these two, and they’re reaping the results as well, to keep going further! They’re separated by a 15-year age gap, but that doesn’t affect them in any way on the golf course! 

But how did the renewed player-caddie relationship first blossom? It all started when Jordan Spieth went to Seattle to take part in the 2011 US Junior Amateur Championship. Greller, who hails from Grand Haven, Michigan, was working as a high school maths teacher at that time but had also been caddying part-time to earn extra bucks. 

Spieth and Greller found success at the Amateur championship and decided to stick together further. Spieth named Greller as his official caddie after he turned pro in 2012. This marked the beginning of a successful player-caddie pairing on the PGA Tour. 

Just a few months into his rookie season, Jordan Spieth won the 2013 John Deere Classic and became the first teenager since Ralph Guldahl (1931) to win on the tour. 

Michael Greller had no idea as to how his life would take a turn when he joined hands with Spieth in 2011. He had initially decided to take a year off from teaching in 2012 hoping he could return to his day-time job soon, but Spieth’s rapid success kept him occupied with the golfer. 

The best part about their combination was that Jordan Spieth gained massive strides with a caddie, who had no prior experience on the tour whatsoever. But he helped Spieth enjoy success with his natural caddying talent, and the pair has been tight ever since. 

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How much does Spieth pay his caddie?

Jordan Spieth was on top of the world in 2015. There was no other golfer who could match what Spieth did that year. A part of a player’s earnings always goes to his caddie, and Michael Greller cashed in massively that year.

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Mar 6, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Jordan Spieth walk on the 14th green next to his caddie Michael Greller (right) th hole during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Greller has earned more than $5 million in winnings since joining Jordan Spieth on the tour in 2012. Every top PGA tour caddie also has a base salary of $120K, which is given by the player apart from tournament winnings. 

While Michael Greller was not on the list of highest-paid caddies in 2020, he remains one of the top-ranked people when it comes to his profession. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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