Spieth set high expectations for youth around him

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) โ€” Jordan Spieth made it tough on everyone in his age group, including Justin Thomas.

The high school class of 2011 features Spieth and Thomas, along with Daniel Berger, Patrick Rodgers, Ollie Schniederjans and Emiliano Grillo. Another of their friends from junior golf, Smylie Kaufman, was one year ahead of them.

They all were top players with bright futures.

None proved it quicker than Spieth, which only raised the bar for everyone else.

After failing to get through the second stage of qualifying school, and with no status on any tour going into 2013, Spieth managed to get special temporary status on the PGA Tour, picked up his first title that summer, made it all the way to the Tour Championship, played in the Presidents Cup and cracked the top 25 in the world.

Thomas turned pro that summer, in 2013, spent a year on the Web.com Tour and had no trouble getting to the big leagues. In his rookie year, he was in the hunt five times on…

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