Two-time major winner Jordan Spieth has denied accusations he asked for special treatment from the photographers who followed him around Royal Troon.
Caddie Michael Greller had a confrontation with a cameraman on the 11th green while the American was putting in the third round of the Open on Saturday.
However, Spieth, who carded a final-round 68 to finish two over par, insists the meaning of his bagman’s complaint was misunderstood.
“Yesterday got really blown out of proportion. I feel something got misconstrued there but it was really not a big deal,” said the 22-year-old.
“The conversation was misinterpreted by the cameraman who went to the media and all of a sudden it made us look bad.
“I heard the photographer said we asked for special treatment and not to take any pictures while we are on the green at all – well, of course not, there are pictures of me putting on the greens every week.
“I don’t think we’re asking for special treatment – it’s fine to snap pictures as we take our first looks.
“I just ask on my last look that they just held off and that guy had been with us for a while that day and had been already asked.
“If there’s constant noise it is fine, it doesn’t get in my head but if they are directly in line with me it is looking right into your soul and the clicking bothers me there.
“I respect they have a job to do but at the same time when I’m in my last visualisation that is like them trying to take their best picture and I step in front of the camera – that is what I equate it to.”
Spieth was never in a position to contend for the Claret Jug but at least finished with his best round of the week.
With the US PGA Championship starting in 11 days’ time he will try to take the positives out of that as he heads home to Dallas.
“I’m very pleased with the way we finished in the half of the field that we had Thursday, Friday,” he added.
“We’re trying to look at positives. I don’t think we’re far off from being able to tee off on Sunday afternoon at a major. All the parts seem to be coming together, whether it shows off after a 30th-place finish or not. I’ve just got to fine-tune a couple things when we get back home, that’s it.”
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