Jordan Spieth: Golf's 'Next Big Thing'?

Jordan Spieth

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Jordan Spieth, 20, is competing in the 2014 HP Byron Nelson Championship in Irving.

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by TED MADDEN

WFAA

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 1:43 AM

Jordan Spieth won his first golf tournament last July when he was 19 years old. In January, he was named the PGA Tour rookie of the year for 2013.

Most recently, he has contended on Sunday at the Masters and The Players Championship.

He has become the Next Big Thing in golf.

"I don't even hear it," said Spieth early Wednesday. "I don't know."

Matt Kuchar was the Next Big Thing when he came out of Georgia Tech in 2000. He lost his card in 2006, but has rebounded to become one of the most consistent players on tour.

Ricky Barnes was the low amateur at the Masters in 2003, another player some considered to be the "next big thing." He has one career win.

"What he's doing at 20 years old, I don't know if I'd be doing that as a junior in college out here on the PGA Tour," said Barnes. "I had some success in some pro tournaments when I was an amateur. It's impressive, and it's good to see out here."

Every year or so, we hear about the Next Big Thing in golf. You remember Anthony Kim? He hasn't played a tour event in two years. How about Ty Tryon, who turned pro in 2001 when he was 17 years old? Becoming a good, consistent player is a lot harder than it looks.

"I think a lot of guys had that label," said Kuchar. "Golf's such a hard game. You come out and take care of your own business; you don't really focus on the extra things that go along with it."

"Off the course, that kind of stuff, that kind of talk, it doesn't do good to pay attention to either way," said Spieth.

Spieth is the biggest thing now, but will he be the Next Big Thing?

Check back in five or 10 years.

E-mail tmadden@wfaa.com

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