Frustrated Spieth downplays spat with caddie

It wasn't a great day for Jordan Spieth and his caddy Michael Greller on the links

It wasn't a great day for Jordan Spieth and his caddy Michael Greller on the links. More

- As if stunningly handsome Pebble Beach doesn't provide enough sights and sounds itself, three-time major victor Jordan Spieth's second-round 69 at the 119th U.S. Open Championship became a swirl of color and clanking metal.

Spieth took some heat on social media for calling out his caddie Michael Greller during Thursday's opening round after hitting two errant shots at the eighth hole.

A few of Spieth's misses — like the birdie attempts on a 10-footer on No. 4 and an 18-footer on No. 8 — he thought he'd hit perfectly, only to see them slide off at the last second.

On the final hole, Spieth wanted to hit driver off the tee, but Greller talked him into hitting 3-wood and then a second 3-wood shot from the fairway.

The ball settled directly down in that tall grass, but from there he still saved bogey after he hacked the ball out 40 yards and still reached the hole's bottom in two more shots from 162 yards away.

"What I have been looking to do is continue what I have been doing on and around the greens, and drive the ball better and better each week", Spieth said.

This week, however, has been an odd one for the 2015 U.S. Open champion.

Spieth salvaged a bogey at the hole and later acknowledged the verbal volley at Greller was not his finest moment, admitting to reporters that he might have "looked like the bad guy there".

Follow all the action from the U.S. Open below. "I've just got to limit those mistakes".

Rose led the field after nine holes and was the clubhouse leader when he finished his second round with a total score of seven under par.

"If I had seen it, I would have moved it", Spieth told United States broadcaster Fox.

"If I were 1 under with two birdies and a bogey, I wouldn't be as optimistic about the weekend", he said.

"I landed it ideal, and the ball went up against the collar", he said. And if there are rakes in front of the bunker, typically we pull them out.

'I can see the course getting a little bit harder as the week goes on, so I'm happy with my day's work'. "I'm rolling the ball really well on the greens".

The 37-year-old flagged a game plan that never goes astray at a U.S. Open - "fairways and greens". The trouble is he has hit just 54 percent of the greens in regulation, and one a day when he needed to make birdies, his putter went cold.

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