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Jordn Spieth ready to defend US Junior Amateur Championship

by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on July 17, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 17 at 8:10 PM

DALLAS, TX - Two weeks ago, Jordan Spieth won the HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship for the third straight time. Other than that, it's been a quiet summer for the 16 year old, but that's about to change. On Monday, Spieth will be in Michigan to defend his title at the US Junior Amateur Golf Championship.

"I haven't played a tournament in a couple of weeks, and I have a week off before the next one starts," says Spieth. "Right now I’m keeping calm, trying to stay loose, get the last minute preparations done before the US Junior."
 
Two months ago, Spieth hit the national spotlight when as an amateur, he finished in a tie for 16th place here at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. That was a four day weekend that the 16 year old will never forget.
 
"It's so difficult to go back and think about it, and try to single out any moment or express one feeling," Spieth says. "It's just something I didn't think would happen that soon. I didn't think it would come at any time in the next few years, but hopefully I’ll get some more opportunities."
 
How he handled his exposure in his first PGA tour event amazed the galleries. He says his education at Jesuit High School in Dallas and his family is what has kept him grounded.
 
"It definitely starts with my parents," he says. "I agree with that completely. We're very close, our whole family is very close, and they preach humbleness, that's what I try to do. I try to stay grounded to my roots and I realize the Byron Nelson was a big story, but I'm not the best pro in the world, I’m not even the best amateur in the world. I've got a lot of work to do."
 
Tiger Woods won the US Junior Amateur three different times. A win by Spieth next week would make him just the second multiple winner in the history of the tournament.

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