He wasn’t brash by any means, but he had a healthy dose of southern, polite confidence. He was as firm with his handshake as he was with his putter. He was quick to bet a fellow player a single dollar for “closest to the pin” and even quicker to collect. It was all good, albeit serious, fun on the American Junior Golf Association tour for high schooler Jordan Spieth and buddies.

And it was barely five years ago, which is crazy when you consider that Spieth is now a back-to-back major winner (Masters and the US Open) with five PGA Tour victories and $17 million in earnings.

Hard to believe that the man who has the golf world talking again about dominance and grand slams was holding press conferences with hardly a reporter in attendance, played glow-in-the-dark golf and carried his own clubs in 2010. Let’s look at Jordan in 2010 and 2015:


Press conferences on this tour are a bit less demanding than professional tours. American Junior Golf Association players Jordan Spieth and Grayson Murray speak at a press conference at the Thunderbird International Junior tournament. AJGA's Chris Richards leads the conference. (Todd Bigelow)


Jordan Spieth draws the media at the 2015 US Open as one of the most dominant players on tour. He won the tournament after winning the Masters in April. (Todd Bigelow/Sports Illustrated)


American Junior Golf Association player Grayson Murray, left, pays a buck on a friendly wager to Jordan Spieth at the Thunderbird International Junior tournament. (Todd Bigelow)


115th US Open champion Jordan Spieth (Todd Bigelow/Sports Illustrated)


Todd Bigelow Photography

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