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June 10 2010

3:56 PM

Spieth off to slow start; more relaxed

The second time around feels a little more normal Jordan Spieth admits. Three weeks after an amazing run at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, where he tied for 16th, the 16-year-old says he is more relaxed for this week’s St. Jude Classic presented by Smith & Nephew.

Spieth is off to a sluggish start with two bogeys through his first six holes, but the experience he took away from Dallas is something that will “stick with me forever,” he said.

His instant celebrity status, on the other hand, has taken some getting used to. Spieth is still adjusting to signing autographs wherever he goes and he admitted it’s been hard to take it all in. One reason it took so long to sink in, he said, is because he had exams the following week after Dallas. Since then, though, Spieth has been able to catch his breath.

“I’ll be nervous, but I’ll be able to settle in earlier and not run on adrenaline for half the round like I was [in Dallas],” Spieth said earlier this week.

If nothing else, he at least has his friends to keep him humble, or at least embarrass him with some unwanted attention.

“Every class I went to, they made sure to have everyone stand up and clap,” Spieth said.

As for his own expectations, Spieth is trying to keep them tempered. Still, you get the sense the kid burns to be great.

“Whatever I do, I just hate not being the best at it,” Spieth said. “I credit my parents because they were both like that. Sometimes that hurts me, especially when arguing with my dad because we both want to be right.”

So far, Spieth is just that. He’s doing everything right. -- Brian Wacker

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