This week, at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, 16-year-old Jordan Spieth is playing in his first PGA Tour event in his hometown of Dallas.
On Thursday, his afternoon tee time was pushed back by 3 1/2 hours because of a weather delay. This forced the reigning U.S. Junior Champion to find creative ways to outlet his anxious energy. So what did he do to pass the time? He did something that none of the other 155 players in the field would likely ever do: He went into the media center to play some Ping-Pong and enjoy a cold beverage.
Spieth is the newest teenage sensation to grace the fairways of the PGA Tour and like Japan's Ryo Ishikawa and Italy's Mateo Manessaro, the youngster is holding his own. Spieth shot a 2-under 68 in Round 1 and looks poised to make the cut.
He told reporters on Tuesday of tournament week that he doesn't enter a tourament if he doesn't think he can win. This kind of overt confidence seems to be the new norm for the adolescent talent wave. Spieth is not only gleaning it from time spent with PGA Tour players, he also has a famous mentor and friend in Dallas quarterback Tony Romo. Despite the age difference, Romo and Spieth play a lot of golf together and text each other regularly. In fact, they recently partnered and shared housing in an amateur event in South Carolina. Apparently, the Cowboy's star QB is also benefitting from the skills of young Spieth.
Yesterday, Romo made it through local U.S. Open qualifying held in the Dallas area. After birdieing three of his last four holes in regulation, Romo survived a two man playoff that finished in the dark. No doubt, congratulatory text messages were exchanged between the two friends last night.