IRVING, Texas -- Jordan Spieth, the 17-year-old Jesuit College Preparatory School senior who became the story of the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship, credits the maturing of his on-course demeanor to Blake Adams.
That might sound odd, but Adams played with Spieth during the first two rounds in 2010 and Spieth watched how Adams was even-keeled and went about his business.
Just after Spieth launched a tee shot down the middle of the fairway on No. 1, Adams walked up and shook his hand to wish him luck. Adams had just finished at even par and was getting ready to head to the driving range.
"He put on some weight, so that's good because now a stiff wind won't blow him away," Adams said.
Adams said it meant a lot to him that Spieth has mentioned several times since last year how much he learned from playing with him.
"I've always been a guy that I don't want folks to know if I'm 8 under or 8 over," Adams said. "My daddy told me not to act like a fool out there. You are playing golf. Be prideful of yourself and your own reputation and don't act like a hot head. I was the same way in all the other sports I played. I might have 30 points in basketball and you wouldn't know it. I was not a hot dog. It's just not how I am."
Adams said he's seen guys that slam clubs and are cussing and he feels like that doesn't set a good example.
As for Spieth, Adams expects a solid encore performance.
"I think he'll do better," Adams said. "He's been there now. He's dealt with the pressure of playing at home last year already. He feeds off the crowd in his hometown. There's a lot less pressure now. He held up very, very well last year. He'll be fine."
Through three holes, Spieth was 2 over after bogeys at Nos. 1 and 3.