PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth rolled into the U.S. Open with a bagful of hopes and expectations. It took just nine holes to burn them up.Spieth, who hasn’t won anywhere in the world in nearly two years, had finally started finding his groove in the weeks heading up to the U.S. Open, and he was even starting to show up in “picks to win” columns again. But on a day when much of the rest of the field roasted a plump and juicy Pebble Beach, Spieth stumbled on a four-hole, three-bogey stretch to close the first half of his Thursday round.And the one who got the heat? Spieth’s longtime caddy, Michael Greller. Spieth was at even par on No. 8 when his tee shot hit the fairway … and rolled right on off a cliff. His approach shot, following a penalty stroke, flew the green, leaving him in thick rough.You can hear Spieth’s commentary here:“Two perfect shots, Michael,” cameras caught Spieth saying. “You got me in the water on one and over the green on the other.”Spieth managed to escape with only a bogey, though he would go on to bogey the next hole and make the turn at +2.Flare-ups between player and caddy happen all the time; it’s the nature of the relationship. A caddy gets paid to carry not just the clubs, but some venting too. And Spieth has plenty of time to turn his Open around. But it’ll be interesting to see if what was once one of golf’s most winning partnerships can get back on the leaderboard.

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Rickie Fowler hits out of the bunker on the sixth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. Fowler finished the round at 5-under par, 66.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Gary Woodland hits out of the bunker on the ninth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Justin Rose, of England, reacts to his bunker shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 13: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts to his second shot on the par 4, ninth hole during the first round of the 2019 U.S.Open at the Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 13, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 13: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot from the tenth tee during the first round of the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 13, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 13: Dustin Johnson of the United States reacts to a putt on the 13th green during the first round of the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 13, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 13: Jordan Spieth of the United States plays a second shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 13, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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