Spieth preparing for finals, more golf
Jordan Spieth's life is returning to normal now.
It's been two days since he completed his final round in the HP Byron Nelson Championship and finished tied for 16th as a 16-year-old amateur. He went back to Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas on Monday morning and has accepted congratulations from classmates and administrators the past two days.
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Golfer Jordan Spieth tried to act like his strong play at the Byron Nelson Classic wasn't a big deal so the pressure of being in the hunt wouldn't get to him, but now he realizes how awesome the experience really was.
"It's been different," Spieth said Tuesday about the reaction to him at school. "A couple of classes gave me standing ovations. All my friends realized that I don't want that to happen, so they've been the same around me. But it has been a little crazy."
Spieth's main focus this week is catching up on the eight days of school he missed and preparing for final exams of his junior year next week. He's scheduled to fly to Arizona for an AJGA invitational Thursday and will miss two exams Friday.
"I'll have to make those up next week," Spieth said.
Spieth said he's had some more time to reflect on what he accomplished as the sixth-youngest player to make a cut in a PGA Tour event and one that was three strokes off the lead at one point midway through his final round.
"Sunday it was difficult to do that because I was disappointed with the way I finished," Spieth said. "But yesterday and today, when everyone has congratulated you, you realize how special the week was."
Spieth says he thinks the experience will better prepare him for his next PGA Tour event, next month at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis.
"I think I'll be able to get settled in quicker," Spieth said. "I'll feel more comfortable on the first tee. I won't have to judge the adrenaline as much."
Spieth said he wants to apply all that he learned at the Nelson into his future tournaments.
"I got to get out and test my game against the pros, and that was the whole deal of it," Spieth said. "I have little things I need to work on to be able to beat all of them, but I felt that when my ball striking is on, it's competitive. I don't think it changes my goals really at all. I knew the first time I was going to test my game against them that it would be a learning experience, and it was."
Richard Durrett covers golf for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter.