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Former Longhorn Spieth Like Rock Star At U.S. Open

Updated: Wednesday, June 11 2014, 12:04 PM CDT

Former University of Texas Longhorn Jordan Spieth is ranked 10th in the world and is shooting for history. 

If Spieth wins the U.S. Open he would be the youngest winner since 1922 when golf legend Gene Sarazen won it.

But, it's hard to tell if Spieth is a professional golfer or a rock star.  Truth is he's both.

A group of girls were waiting for him on the number two tee box on Pinehurst No. 2 waiting to get his autograph.

"I love Jordan," she said. "I've been waiting here since 6:30 a.m. and I will not leave without getting his autograph."

A golf fan in the gallery said, "His name is Jordan Spieth not Jordan Bieber."  That drew a big laugh but the girls didn't care.

As Spieth approached the tee box they yelled, "Jordan, Jordan over here!"

Spieth flashed them his Hollywood smile and said I can catch you on the next hole.  The girls were gone in a flash to wait for him on number three.

But Jordan's practice round group had another pretty big hitter and no one called his name like Spieth's.

Former Longhorn and 1997 British Open Champion Justin Leonard was in Spieth's group.  The big golf fans knew this was a great twosome to watch.  But, they were a little more reserved than the girls.

Spieth and his group made their way to the number three tee box.  He hit his drive and as promised signed autographs for the girls and some of the other fans.  He was even ready with his own sharpie.  After tying for second at the Masters with another first-timer Jonas Blixt this wasn't Spieth's first rodeo.

You would think all this attention would go to his head or worse mess with his head as prepares to take on the U.S. Open.  But, he humbly worked the crowd and then got back to work.

CBS Sports was at his press conference after the round. He was asked about the pressure from the fans.

"I don't really notice the crowds or the people anymore, just in a couple of years of just playing in front of it here and there," Spieth said.  "So as far as the stage, I feel very, very comfortable.  I don't feel tension or nerves.  I'm very excited and pumped to get going, but it's not nerves going into it."

So, this all this rock star golfer has left to do this week is make history at the ripe old age of 20.

By Walt Maciborski

Former Longhorn Spieth Like Rock Star At U.S. Open


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