North Texas cheers on young golfer who almost conquered The Masters

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by CARLA WADE / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Seeing Jordan Spieth at the top of the leaderboard at The Masters was the talk of North Texas Sunday, and one of the trending topics on Twitter throughout the day as fans and friends here cheered him on.

For the 20-year-old golfer, a victory at The Masters would have been the achievement of a goal he set six years ago, when he was just 14 and a sophomore at Dallas Jesuit.

“My ultimate goal when I came here, I told Cam, 'I want to win The Masters,'" he said then.

Had he won on Sunday, it would have been historic — making him the youngest-ever winner in the history of The Masters.

He came very close.

Spieth was co-leader of The Masters leading into Sunday's final round. A watch party was held at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, where Spieth grew up playing (and is still a member).

Those who watched him go from teenage phenom to PGA pro shared in the excitement.

"I'm not surprised at all," said Dave Klaudt. "His level of golf has always been several years ahead of what his age was."

In 2011, Spieth was straddling two worlds — competing on the links at the Byron Nelson tournament in Irving while rushing to make it to high school events like his own graduation.

Spieth fell just short of taking home a green jacket on Sunday, but back at home, no one saw it as a defeat — especially not at his alma mater. Dallas Jesuit president Mike Earsing said he glued to his television on Sunday afternoon.

"How many little kids are out there trying to imitate him with a golf club, saying, 'Boy, some day I can be as great as Jordan can be,'" Earsing said. "And what a wonderful positive example of somebody."

Spieth may not have made a historic first, but everyone agrees it certainly won't be his last trip to Augusta.

Jordan Spieth turns 21 in July. His second-place finish at The Masters earned him $790,000.

E-mail cwade@wfaa.com

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