not his first rodeo


The CBS commentators remarked on Jordan Spieth’s composure beyond his years this afternoon. I noticed the same thing almost seven years ago when Spieth played at the Starburst Junior Golf Classic in Waco, Texas.

Here’s a chunk of the story I wrote:

New flight, same result so far for Jordan Spieth.

Last summer, Spieth ran away with the Boys 12 flight at the Starburst Junior Golf Classic. To challenge himself this time around, he stepped up to the Championship Boys.

Through two rounds he’s shown he’s up to it.

Spieth, 13, shot 3-under-par 69 at Bear Ridge Golf Club on Tuesday to climb from a tie for ninth to the lead in the top boys bracket at 1-under 141 through 36 holes.

“I wanted to play the longer yardage, to see how the feel is with the older kids,” said Spieth, who will be a freshman at Dallas Jesuit High School in the fall. “I’m used to playing against a bunch of older kids, so I’m not really intimidated by them. As long as my iron shots are close and the putter works, I can play with them.”

Spieth opened the tournament with a 2-over 72 at Ridgewood Country Club on Monday. The score surprised at least one other player in the field.

Austin Beck, of Coppell, knew that was too high for his buddy. Beck and Spieth, along with 18-hole leader Key Young, play together at Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas.

“His 69 today is more like him,” said Beck about Spieth.

Beck shot 2-over 74 and is tied for second with Davis Kirkland of Woodland Hills, Calif.

“I know that Jordan Spieth is the man to beat,” Beck said. “He’s got a natural swing. He doesn’t miss and he makes every putt he looks at.”

Spieth said he rolled in a bunch of 10-footers on his way to 3-under at Bear Ridge. That helped him save par a bunch in a round that included 13 pars, four birdies and just one bogey.

After teeing off on No. 3 in the shotgun start, Spieth got rolling midway through his round with birdies on holes 12, 16 and 17.

“A big momentum change was definitely No. 12,” he said. “I hit a 9-iron to a couple of feet and tapped in there. That put me at 1-under for the day and I felt my putter work from there.”

But Spieth has a lot more work left than he did a year ago. …

Spieth went on to win the tournament.



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